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Texans latest NFL club to bring radio in house
Published October 17, 2011, Page 26
The move continues the trend of NFL clubs forgoing radio rights deals and bringing operations in house. Teams have been doing this in part because rights fees were falling, but also to control the editorial message and offer commercial partners more inventory.
The radio deal includes nine hours of broadcast time on game days and a total of 15 hours a week during the season, and then at least once-a-week coverage in the offseason.
Rootes said the move was long planned and was unrelated to the new collective-bargaining agreement, which gives teams an increased share of local revenue streams.
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■ ESTATE PLANNING ACTION: Owners here approved estate-planning moves by the Houston Texans, Jacksonville Jaguars and Denver Broncos. Sources said shares of the teams were moved into the trusts of the children of the teams’ owners — Bob McNair, Wayne Weaver and Pat Bowlen, respectively. With franchise values rising, passing on a team is increasingly difficult because of estate taxes. By slowly moving shares into a trust while the owner is alive, it reduces the estate tax hit if the team passes to the next generation,
■ U.K. OK, BUT FOCUS ON LONDON: Waller said the league was not sending any messages in approving a resolution to play overseas games in the United Kingdom instead of just London. The league needed to renew its plan for overseas games here, and much of the attention focused on the push to play more than one game a year in London. The league will decide how many on a year-by-year basis. The resolution passed, however, did not say London, but rather the United Kingdom, and Commissioner Roger Goodell did tell reporters the league could be interested in cities like Birmingham and Manchester. But Waller said the U.K. designation was more a byproduct of the league’s country-by-country marketing approach and that the plan for now is to play in London at Wembley Stadium.