In case you missed it, here is the full Mets montage that aired in the last segment of the last post-game show on WFAN this season, closing out the partnership’s 27-year run…
This is really, really well done. Nice work, Dov Kramer and Paul Arzooman.
Matthew Cerrone, Lead Writer
The Yankees reached a multi-year deal to have their games broadcast on WFAN, who will reportedly pay the team $15 million a year. WFAN had been paying roughly $7 million for the Mets.
The buzz in New York is that the Mets will likely announce a new radio home during November. My guess is they end up either on WOR or WCBS, which is where the Yankees had been prior to the move. I guess ESPN New York is possible, but any time I ask people with knowledge of that market, they indicate a total unwillingness by the parent company to be in the business of local games, which is probably why they never went after the Yankees all of those years. They have national games and national shows they are committed to, and their entire local strategy seems to be up for debate every fall… like it is now.
I already hear a difference in Mets coverage on WFAN now that the station is no longer vested in their success or failure. Obviously, everyone involved will probably say that is not true. But, as someone who follows the team’s news cycle with great attention, I see it.
For instance, last week, when news came out that Matt Harvey chose Tommy John surgery, it was barely mentioned by WFAN’s Mike Francesa. Perhaps it was coincidence, perhaps it was overshadowed by football Friday, but this type of story would have ordinarily been a much bigger deal for them than it was regardless of the time of day or year.
It’s annoying that this matters, but it does. The fact is, WFAN has a huge reach and — like it or not — they are the city’s sports zeitgeist and biggest promotional tool. Ideally, the Mets win and it doesn’t matter. Ideally, their success makes them relevant and attractive. But, if that doesn’t happen, if they struggle, is anyone going to hear about it…?