So says Tom Taylor this morning. It’s all part of the list of things Cumulus wants to bail on in bankruptcy court. Obviously the PBP contracts, and the lease-to-buy options, happened with Lew Dickey at the helm.
This may result in the Chicago Bulls’ moving flagship stations in mid-season.
I feel there’s a chance that the Bulls might be off radio for a time. With the Bulls at this writing (January 19th) in last place in the NBA Central division (and 12th overall in the East, well off the pace and unlikely to make the playoffs), I wonder if anyone would be interested in broadcasting their games for the remainder of this season.
I wouldn’t be surprised if the Bulls don’t have local radio coverage until the start of the 2018/19 pre-season schedule next Fall.
As for the White Sox, there’s still (at this writing) just under nine weeks until their regular-season opener (March 29th at Kansas City). However, their first pre-season game (February 23rd against Los Angeles at Glendale, Arizona) is exactly five weeks off.
While I expect the White Sox will get a new radio deal in-time for the regular-season opener, I wonder if such a deal could be signed quickly enough to get all (or even most) of the team’s pre-season games broadcast on local radio.
Whichever station gets the White Sox will probably try to convince the sponsors of the 2017 broadcasts that were on WLS-890 to move with the team to the new flagship station.
As an update, ICYMI, Friday’s second main-site post flags a Tribune interview where Mr. Michaels says that Merlin is able to take back full control of the stations–and that no format changes are planned…