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SBD/January 29, 2013/Media
The Tribe Has Spoken: Indians Re-Up With WTAM-AM For Five More Years
Published January 29, 2013
ROOT OF THE PROBLEM: In Pittsburgh, Gene Collier noted there is “no significant increase in money ... flowing from Root Sports to the Pirates” for the team’s TV deal, which is in “just the fourth year of a 10-year deal that brings in" around $20M annually. It is “evident that something ought to be done about what industry insiders know is a terrible deal for the Pirates, aka a great deal for Root Sports.” Collier wrote Pirates Chair Bob Nutting “should walk down the street and offer a 20- or 25-year commitment in exchange for a drastic upward adjustment in compensation for the ballclub.” The Pirates, for “all their pratfalls, get good-to-great ratings for Root.” If the Pirates “went away, in fact, Root Sports in Pittsburgh would ... be screwed.” Root Sports “ought to jump at the chance to continue a very lucrative partnership that can sustain its own synergies through the next quarter century” (PITTSBURGH POST-GAZETTE, 1/27).