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SBD/Issue 216/Sports Media
Published August 7, 2006
YES OR NO? In N.Y., Bob Raissman reported YES Network’s deal to simulcast WFAN-AM’s “Mike & the Mad Dog” expires at the end of the year, and there are “two schools of thought about the future” of the relationship. If YES “can cut a financial deal that makes sense, they will continue the simulcast.” But Chris Russo’s contentious interview with Yankees GM Brian Cashman, “could be the last straw,” as some Yankees execs “are tired of Russo’s anti-Yankee rants.” YES pays WFAN $800,000 for the simulcast (N.Y. DAILY NEWS, 8/6).
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BROWNS’ NEW TOWN: In Cleveland, Roger Brown reports FSN Ohio, after “months of relative inactivity, ... has made some impressive moves to replace the loss of Indians ballgames to SportsTime Ohio.” FSN Ohio signed a cable-rights deal with the Browns, extended its current deal with the Cavaliers and inked a deal with the Mid-American Conference. FSN Ohio GM Steve Liverani said of the Browns deal, “We’re going to have unbelievable behind-the-scenes access” (Cleveland PLAIN DEALER, 8/7).