A's COO Chris Giles said that the team had held conversations with former radio affiliate KGMZ-FM during the season about "exploring a new deal if it was mutually beneficial for both parties, but the sides had decided well before the end of the season that there was no solution that worked for the team and the station." In S.F., Susan Slusser notes the A's were "frustrated throughout the season about what they felt was a lack of promotion or interest from the station beyond just the game broadcasts, and they were especially unhappy about being relegated to several different alternate channels during the Warriors’ playoff run" (S.F. CHRONICLE, 10/16).
CHOOSE WORDS CAREFULLY: In L.A., Tom Hoffarth writes when trying to find someone to "capitulate what's happened, or predict what's next" during a baseball broadcast, Fox' John Smoltz brings "smoke without mirrors." Social media backlash comes from a "daily log of Smoltz’s acidic questioning of today’s game." Baseball becomes an "October TV game show, a sugar-rush dessert cart as a reward for a long, diet-conscious grind." But no one asks for a "heap of hot sauce on their molten lava chocolate cake to keep it from erupting every other inning." Smoltz "jeopardizes the game’s appeal when the viewership is largest, and not all die-hards." Now is the "time to teach, not preach" (L.A. TIMES, 10/16).
JACK OF ALL TRADES: ESPN.com's Brady Henderson noted Seahawks and Trail Blazers Owner Paul Allen, who died yesterday at 65, "founded an innovative Seattle-based software and production company called Starwave, which played a big part in the mid-90s in getting ESPN onto the Internet." In '95, Allen's company did a "five-year deal with ESPN that allowed his company to license the ESPN name" in exchange for $2.5M a year and "revenue split on ads and merchandise" (ESPN.com, 10/15).