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Phillies Extend Radio Deal With CBS

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The Philadelphia Phillies and CBS Radio have agreed to a one-year extension on a contract to air their games on Talk Radio 1210 WPHT and SportsRadio 94 WIP.

Financial terms were not disclosed. The current three-year contract with CBS was set to expire at the end of this season.

The contract will continue to include live play-by-play coverage of Phillies spring training, regular season and post-season games.

“While we can’t provide specifics, I am pleased to report that we have agreed to an extension of our partnership with the Phillies,” CBS Radio Philadelphia Senior Vice President and Marketing Manager Marc Rayfield said in a statement.

Dave Buck, senior vice president of marketing and advertising for the Phillies, said the two sides agreed on a one-year deal because time was running out on the current deal and it will give them more time to negotiate a long-term extension, hopefully well before the 2015 season ends.

“We were trying to get our ducks in a row and we’ll start negotiating a long-term deal right away,” Buck said. “We would hope to have something worked out by the All-Star Break [next July].”

The existing contract was signed in February 2012 and was the first that included games on 94.1 FM. The team has had a longstanding relationship with 1210 AM.

Buck said Phillies radio announcers Scott Franzke, Larry Andersen and Jim Jackson are expected to continue in their current roles.

A source familiar with the situation said before Labor Day that a contract renewal with CBS was 95 percent assured. Unlike past negotiations, the Phillies had the leverage of a second sports talk radio station, 97.5 FM The Fanatic, with both AM and FM stations to air games. WIP’s rival is owned by Boston-based Greater Media.

Buck said the Phlllies negotiated exclusively with CBS Radio and had no discussions with Greater Media. He said the team is satisfied with its relationship with CBS. He added that the team will continue to sell ads for the broadcasts in conjunction with WIP.

Greater Media now airs the 76ers and Flyers games on The Fanatic after both teams left WIP a few years back. In addition to the Phillies, WIP has broadcast rights to Eagles games.

Credit to the Philadelphia Business Journal who originally published this article

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107.5 The Fan To Present Stage Show in June

“Tickets for the event went on sale Wednesday morning.”

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All four local weekday hosts from 107.5 The Game in Indianapolis will take part in a live stage show next month. The event, titled A Night in the Fan Cave, will take place at the Indiana Historical Society.

Kevin Bowen Jake Query, Dan Dakich, and JMV will be on stage to talk sports, tell a few jokes and take listener questions.

Tickets for the event went on sale Wednesday morning. For $65, fans get access to the show and free food and beverages. There will also be a pre-show reception and a chance afterward for attendees to take pictures with the 107.5 The Fan crew.

A Night in the Fan Cave is presented by Forum Credit Union. The preshow reception is presented by Larceny and Evan Williams Bourbon.

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Jim Nantz: ‘Players Are Realizing Being In A Top NFL Booth Is A Big Deal’

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Much has been made in the media about Tom Brady joining the NFL on FOX booth after his playing days are over. The majority opinion has been that Brady won’t succeed.

But if you ask Jim Nantz, Brady is going to be a home run.

“He’ll be very well prepared. That goes without saying,” Nantz told Rich Eisen on Tuesday. “I think he’ll be very good. I don’t have any question about it.”

Nantz speaks from having spent the last five seasons alongside former Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo at CBS. Romo has been widely praised for his analytical skills and abilit

“I’m thrilled that he’s going to have a voice in the sport,” Nantz continued. “I think what’s happened here recently is that everybody has realized that that platform, being an elite analyst on one of the very few, handful of packages in the NFL, it’s a big deal. And you’re extremely relevant and people are listening to everything you say. And Tom will be up to the challenge.

“I never had a doubt that he would be a genius at this. I had a friendship with Tony that went back many years before the arranged marriage by CBS that put us in the booth together.

“I don’t pull against anybody. I’m not trying to outsmart, outdo this. We’re just trying to be the best that we can be, and I just like our situation of having the chance to work 21 weeks a year together having fun conversing, looking at one another face-to-face.”

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Andre Knott Joins ESPN Cleveland

“Knott is no stranger to Cleveland sports fans. He is currently an in-game reporter covering the Guardians for Bally Sports Ohio. He is also a contributor to FOX 8 locally.”

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ESPN Cleveland has added Andrew Knott to fill a variety of roles for the station. He will join the station’s content team and contribute both on air and online.

“I’m excited and can’t wait to go back to 850 ESPN Cleveland,” Andre Knott said in a press release. “Not only will I be talking sports but working with some of my favorite people in our business.”

Knott is no stranger to Cleveland sports fans. He is currently an in-game reporter covering the Guardians for Bally Sports Ohio. He is also a contributor to FOX 8 locally. Prior to that he was part of the Browns Radio Network.

“Andre adds great experience and personality, and he is an incredible storyteller,” said Matt Fishman, Director of Content, ESPN Cleveland. “He also helps to encourage the development of teammates newer to the industry, and we look forward to seeing him do that at ESPN Cleveland.”

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