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Published September 30, 2013
ONE MORE GO-ROUND: In S.F., Bruce Jenkins noted Warriors TV analyst Jim Barnett is exiting the booth after this season, his 29th with the team. His contract will expire next spring, and he said there was "mutual agreement" he join fellow announcer Bob Fitzgerald on CSN Bay Area telecasts for one more season and then move into an ambassador's role with the club. This development "has nothing to do with the quality of Barnett's work," but he will "turn 70 next July, forcing both parties to take a hard look down the road" (S.F. CHRONICLE, 9/29).
LOW-RISK PROPOSITION: In Boston, Callum Borchers cited analysts as saying that WBZ-FM's deal to air Celtics games "amounts to a low-risk gamble on a team that appears unlikely to contend for a championship." CBS Radio, which owns the station, "declined to disclose terms of the Celtics contract, saying only that it is a 'multiyear' deal." NorthEast Radio Watch Editor Scott Fybush said that it "would be unusual for a broadcaster to commit to more than three years with a franchise that could struggle on the court." He added that because WEEI-FM, which formerly aired Celtics games, was "already out of the bidding," WBZ-FM "likely got the Celtics broadcast rights for a relatively low price" (BOSTON GLOBE, 9/28).
MARKING THEIR TERRITORY: SportSouth on Friday announced that it will air 73 Grizzlies games this season. The broadcasts will be in HD with "expanded coverage that includes Missouri and southern Illinois." Fox Sports also is "increasing its Griz coverage in Little Rock" (COMMERCIALAPPEAL.com, 9/27).