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  1. #61
    Quote Originally Posted by Informed Observer View Post
    I've suggested that the teams' ownership become a player in acquiring a radio property. Yet, I find find little thought on this perspective. Why am I wrong?
    It's a great idea. The LA Dodgers are part owners of KLAC with iHeart. It's a similar discussion to a team owning its stadium, or having it owned by the city. Does a team want to get into ownership, which means paying the cost, and pocketing the profit. Or having someone else pay you a rights fee. Most teams prefer to get paid the rights fee.

  2. #62
    Sports teams don't have a real good history of owning radio stations. The Minnesota Timberwolves, St. Louis Cardinals & Washington Redskins have all done so in recent years if you want to do some reading.
    "Its music what makes a radio station, and at Live FM, we play the last music around."
    After receiving that copy, I quit the VO industry.

  3. #63
    Quote Originally Posted by PTBoardOp94 View Post
    Sports teams don't have a real good history of owning radio stations. The Minnesota Timberwolves, St. Louis Cardinals & Washington Redskins have all done so in recent years if you want to do some reading.
    Not sure you can say the Redskins as a team owned radio stations. Their owner, Daniel Snyder, was also the owner of Red Zebra Broadcasting. But that was one of several media companies Snyder has owned.

  4. #64
    If you want to be a legal beagle, yes, all three examples I listed were owned by separate corporations set up by the ownership of the three teams I listed. And all three focused programming, at least for a brief period, around the teams which the owners controlled. Corporations don't have agency.

    That doesn't make it any more likely that the Chicago Bulls are looking to set up a corporation to purchase one or more stations from Merlin Media.
    "Its music what makes a radio station, and at Live FM, we play the last music around."
    After receiving that copy, I quit the VO industry.

  5. #65
    Quote Originally Posted by PTBoardOp94 View Post
    ...The Minnesota Timberwolves...
    Twins, not the Wolves.

  6. #66
    KLAA-AM in Orange, CA is owned by the Los Angeles Angels MLB franchise, IIRC.

  7. #67
    It's a great idea. The LA Dodgers are part owners of KLAC with iHeart. It's a similar discussion to a team owning its stadium, or having it owned by the city. Does a team want to get into ownership, which means paying the cost, and pocketing the profit. Or having someone else pay you a rights fee. Most teams prefer to get paid the rights fee.
    Look at the Minneapolis situation. The stations owned by the Pohlad family receive terrible ratings, are inconsequential players in terms of revenue share, and exposure for Twins baseball broadcasts declined appreciably. It got so bad that Pohlad family decided to move the Twins to 830 WCCO starting next season.

    The situation with the Angels was out of necessity; most people in L.A. care about the Dodgers, not the Angels. KLAA draws miserably poor ratings. To increase exposure, some (but not all) Angels broadcasts are carried by ESPN 710.

    The St. Louis Cardinals example presented earlier is a good one! Didn't take long before they came crawling back to 1120 KMOX.

    As far as the Redskins are concerned, again, exposure is an issue! Too few people were finding the games on AM 980 WTEM. For a few years now, games have been simulcast on AM 630 / FM 105.9 WMAL.

    The Bulls are good to go; they'll be found on 670 The Score.

    As for the White Sox? I suspect they'll wind up on AM 1000 or AM 560.

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