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Yankees Reportedly Close To Deal With WFAN, Ending Mets' 27-Year Run With Station
Published September 11, 2013
VOICES CARRY: On Long Island, Neil Best notes all indications are that John Sterling "would remain" the Yankees' play-by-play man. Less certain is the "status of his partner, Suzyn Waldman, but if the Yankees give their blessing, they likely will continue an on-air partnership that began" in '05. Regardless of "where the Mets go, Howie Rose and Josh Lewin probably would remain on the broadcast team" (NEWSDAY, 9/11).
WILL RISK BE WORTH REWARD? The DAILY NEWS' Raissman wrote a 10-year deal is "quite an investment, a gamble/risk, on a product that’s going to need some fixing, a team with some major holes at a number of positions moving forward." The Yankees execs who negotiated this deal "must have been wearing golden fleeces." By the third year of this radio contract, "who knows what the Yankees will look like with the absence of franchise icons" such as SS Derek Jeter, and Ps Mariano Rivera and Andy Pettitte. WFAN will be "hard-pressed to make money over the course of the contract" with a $15-20M per-year sum to cover. Raissman: "Just ask the suits at Boston’s WEEI who saw their station turned upside down by a 10-year deal with the Red Sox worth $18 million per." Raissman added, "If it is possible, expect to be hearing even more commercials packed in between pitches of Yankee radiocasts next season if the WFAN deal goes down" (N.Y. DAILY NEWS, 9/11).