WFAN’s Mike Francesa says the Mets have banned members of the organization from appearing on his show and they refuse to let him broadcast from Citi Field.
The Mets are not boycotting WFAN, a team source said, instead they are trying to build up their new radio relationship with WOR (Daily News, May 13).
According to Francesa, the Mets are mad WFAN didn’t re-up its contract.
“It’s just ridiculous,” he said. “The Mets are acting like jackasses. It’s utter nonsense. You know what? I’ve had enough of the Mets.”
Matthew Cerrone, Lead Writer
It’s worth noting Francesa makes this exact argument about the Jets, who also don’t broadcast on WFAN.
Anyway, the way I understand it, this is as much the Yankees doing as it is the Mets. I’ve been told by radio insiders that, as part of their agreement with WFAN, the Yankees must get more players and promotions on air than their cross-town rival, which is understandable. However, because of the draft, postseason hockey and hoops, etc., the Yankees haven’t had many opportunities to be on air, which means even less available air time for the Mets.
At the same time, the Mets are obligated to do more media with WOR. Mets players already feel their asked to do too much media, so my guess is a tie goes to the team’s radio partner, as it should, and not Francesa.
Lastly, though I don’t know why exactly, WFAN was not offered a paid, sponsored interview with Terry Collins, as had been the case during previous seasons.
This is one of those things that sounds important because Francesa yelled about it, but if you stop and think for a minute it all makes total sense from most everyone’s point of view.