> With the White Sox and possibly the co-owned Bulls moving to
> WSCR, that would give Infinity a near-monopoly on pro sports
> play-by-play in Chicago, with 4 of the 5 teams on Infinity
> stations: The Sox, Bulls, & Black Hawks on WSCR and the
> Bears on WBBM. Unless WGN lands the Bulls (a slight
> possibility), only the Cubs will be on a non-Infinity
> station. That, of course, won't change since the Tribune
> Company owns both the team and the station.
> Phoenix is now in a similar situation, with Bonneville
> stations carrying 3 of the 4 pro teams here, as well as
> Arizona State University football and men's basketball.
> KTAR has the Diamondbacks & Suns, KMVP has ASU men's hoops,
> and both will carry the Cardinals & ASU football
> simultaneously. Only ASU baseball and Coyotes hockey will
> be on a non-Bonneville station. Both are on Sandusky's
> KDUS. ASU women's hoops was orphaned when KMYL went dark a
> couple of weeks ago, but that station was supposed to switch
> to Spanish-language talk anyway.
> Any other markets where one company carries most or all of
> the local teams?
An easy one: Cleveland, OH.
Clear Channel, via 50KWer WTAM/1100, has flagship rights to the three relavant sports franchaises in town: the Cleveland Indians, Browns and Cavaliers. Plus WW1's Monday Night Football and some Notre Dame games. (Note that sister station WMMS/100.7 is designated as the TRUE flagship for the Browns; WTAM carries the Browns after the Indians season ends in September - a common occurance of late)
WTAM is CC's solo AM signal in the market. It also is a (ahem) N/T - though virtually all of their local hosts are sports/talkers, or had prior experience in the world of sports.
Oh, and competition? Salem Communications owns alleged sports/talker WKNR/850, which carries the Ohio State Buckeyes, and, well... ummm... ESPN Radio?
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