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MLB Media Notes: Yankees-Red Sox Marks ESPN Best Overnight In Over A Year
Published August 19, 2013
AROUND THE HORN: In N.Y., Bob Raissman noted when SiriusXM host Chris Russo’s new contract begins, there "will likely be an unexpected element in the deal: television." Sources said that MLB Network is "seriously considering simulcasting all or part" of Russo's show, "which likely will be reduced to three hours." Meanwhile, the bidding for Yankees radio rights is "coming down the stretch." Previous reports put Clear Channel’s bid at $14M, "which would air on WOR-AM." Sources said that the offer now is "somewhere between" $18-20M annually (N.Y. DAILY NEWS, 8/18).
ELEPHANT NOT IN THE ROOM: In S.F., Bruce Jenkins reported the A's TV contract "became an issue again Thursday when, for the fifth time in 23 days, their game wasn't televised. CSN Bay Area President & GM Ted Griggs said that the Giants "have the advantage" of 15 games on KNTV-NBC and are "generally selected more often than the A's on Fox and ESPN." Griggs said, "It's my goal to make sure every A's game is televised, and we are trying very hard to do that" (S.F. CHRONICLE, 8/17).