SBD/Issue 154/Sports Media

Media Notes

Clear Channel Becomes Buccaneers
Radio Home In Ten-Year Deal

The Buccaneers have signed a ten-year deal with Clear Channel to serve as the home of the Buccaneers Radio Network, replacing Infinity Broadcasting. All games will be broadcast on flagship station WTBT-FM and simulcast on WDAE-AM. In addition, all Bucs games will be streamed on Buccaneers.com for the first time (THE DAILY).

ODDS-ON FAVORITE? NBC Sports President Ken Schanzer, when asked to rate on a zero-to-ten scale the AFL's odds of returning to NBC in '05: "That's what they are, zero or 10." Schanzer added of the league's 1.2 average rating: "We're even with last year, but we're in a sports world where every sport has declined. So we are running against the tide" (ARIZONA REPUBLIC, 5/1). Responding to the Arizona Republic report, an NBC spokesperson told THE DAILY today that the network is happy with its relationship with the AFL and that Schanzer's comments should not be taken as a vote of no confidence (THE DAILY).

STREAMERS: Yahoo Sports is offering free streaming video of MLS and Italian Serie A matches. MLS feeds are live, while Serie A games will be on a 48-hour delay. MLS will have more than 100 matches online at Yahoo Sports, averaging three or four games per week (Yahoo).

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