CHARGERS ARE NOT GOING TO GET XTRA FOR RADIO RIGHTS
The Chargers and XTRA-AM radio have ended their
relationship after 11 seasons, according to Fritz Quindt of
the SAN DIEGO UNION-TRIBUNE, who wrote that XTRA "merely
pulled its final contract renewal offer off the table."
XTRA GM Kevin McCarthy: "We just agreed to disagree on the
value of rights fees. ... and we had an amicable parting of
the ways." Quindt's sources put XTRA's "final" offer at
"about" $3M per year plus "performance incentives," which
would have been "an increase over the present rights fee."
McCarthy: "We've lost substantial money the last two years
on football. We were willing to lose money on the next
contract, too, just not as much." McCarthy, on losing the
Chargers: "I'm not inconsolable; if we had the Padres and
lost them, I'd be inconsolable. NFL teams are the worst
bang for the buck. You're buying only 56 hours a year"
(Fritz Quindt, SAN DIEGO UNION-TRIBUNE, 10/28).