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Yankees Said Near Switch to WFAN for New York Radio Rights

September 10, 2013

The New York Yankees are close to a broadcast agreement with CBS Corp. (CBS:US)’s WFAN, the radio home of the New York Mets since 1987, according to a person with direct knowledge of the negotiations.

The person was granted anonymity because the discussions are private. Newsday reported the news today, saying the deal would be worth more than $15 million annually starting in 2014.

The Yankees have been carried by another CBS-owned station, WCBS, since 2002.

If an agreement is reached, the Yankees would replace the Mets on WFAN, which has broadcast the National League team’s games since before All-Star pitcher Matt Harvey was born.

Yankees spokesman Jason Zillo and Jay Horwitz, a spokesman for the Mets, declined in e-mails to comment. Karen Mateo, a spokeswoman for CBS Radio, declined to comment.

Winners of a Major League Baseball-record 27 World Series titles, the Yankees’ previous radio agreement with WCBS expires after this season.

WFAN premiered on July 1, 1987, as the first 24-hour, all-sports radio station, according to its website. It is also the radio home of football’s New York Giants, hockey’s New Jersey Devils and basketball’s Brooklyn Nets.

To contact the reporters on this story: Eben Novy-Williams in New York at enovywilliam@bloomberg.net

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Michael Sillup at msillup@bloomberg.net


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