The New York Yankees are moving their radio home to CBS Corp. (CBS:US)’s WFAN next season, knocking the New York Mets from the station that has carried their games since it began its all-sports format in 1987.
The 27-time World Series championship franchise agreed on a multiyear contract with WFAN announced today in an e-mailed release. The Yankees will leave WCBS, another CBS Corp. station and their radio home since 2002.
Terms weren’t announced. Newsday reported yesterday that the new contract would be worth more than $15 million a year.
The Yankees’ games will be heard on WFAN’s AM and FM stations. CBS also acquired the Major League Baseball team’s Spanish-language broadcast rights, according to the release.
“The paramount consideration was how our fans would best be able to hear our games,” Yankees Managing General Partner Hal Steinbrenner said in the release. “Having the Yankees on WFAN-AM/FM provides listeners in the New York metropolitan area and beyond with superior broadcast quality and vast territorial signal strength.”
WFAN has broadcast the National League team’s games since before All-Star pitcher Matt Harvey was born. There was no immediate word on where the Mets’ broadcasts might wind up.
Mets spokesman Jay Horwitz declined in an e-mail to comment on the announcement.
“There is no bigger name in baseball than the Yankees, nor an organization so steeped in tradition,” CBS Radio Chief Executive Dan Mason said in the statement. “As the nation’s premier sports radio station, we look forward to capturing all the excitement surrounding the team, and bringing it to millions of fans for many years to come.”
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.
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