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    #186047

    An article to run in Saturdays Albany Times-Union states that WCBS will be the only radio station carrying the Mets anywhere. There will be no network. Apparently Entercom is to blame for this.

    Entercom owns the contract with WCBS by inertia. iHeart couldn’t afford it, and Cumulus is limited to a stand-alone AM with no ratings and a rimshot FM with no ratings.

    So they bid against themselves for the #2 team in the market.

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    #186048

    I don’t think there was much of a network once WOR started broadcasting the Mets. I know there was no Poughkeepsie station.
    This is total speculation on my part, but perhaps they were greedy and tried to overcharge the mostly small stations in the network.
    Back in the day we were willing to endure the interference on a distant AM station . Not only is that no longer the case, but the noise floor has gotten much worse. There is a lot of interference at night even here in Poughkeepsie. It’s so annoying, I can’t listen to it.
    This will hurt the Mets fan base outside the NYC area.
    Hopefully this will change in the future.
    As someone else posted I am not paying Tune-In or MLB to listen or be tied to my computer or burning up loads of data on my phone.


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    #186054

    Former Mets announcer Josh Lewin is doing the Red Sox game on 1080 out of Hartford tonight if that interests you.


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    #186055

    Entercom owns the contract with WCBS by inertia. iHeart couldn’t afford it, and Cumulus is limited to a stand-alone AM with no ratings and a rimshot FM with no ratings. So they bid against themselves for the #2 team in the market.

    That shouldn’t have directly ruled out ESPN (for 98.7), though.  Still, would there have been too much conflict with the Knicks and Rangers for that station to want to carry baseball in the first place?

     


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    #186063

    Entercom owns the contract with WCBS by inertia. iHeart couldn’t afford it, and Cumulus is limited to a stand-alone AM with no ratings and a rimshot FM with no ratings. So they bid against themselves for the #2 team in the market.

    That shouldn’t have directly ruled out ESPN (for 98.7), though. Still, would there have been too much conflict with the Knicks and Rangers for that station to want to carry baseball in the first place?

    Their contract with MSG could explicitly state that the Knicks and Rangers need to take priority on 98.7, no matter what. The Mets probably turned them down based on that alone, assuming an offer was even made by Disney.

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    #186066

    And then, it also happened on the Hudson Valley Blog site as well.

    Mes games are not airing locally


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    #186079

    Galaxy’s Ed Levine discusses how his Syracuse cluster was affected by this move…

    https://www.syracuse.com/mets/2019/04/new-york-mets-radio-blackout-a-middle-finger-to-cny-fans-ceo-says.html

    (via Jason Barrett)

     


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    #186080

    I get it. Satellite time is expensive. I’m surprised that they can’t distribute the games via IP instead.

    In any case, it’s just a testament to the very low value to the Mets broadcast product.


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    #186081

    I get it. Satellite time is expensive. I’m surprised that they can’t distribute the games via IP instead.

    In any case, it’s just a testament to the very low value to the Mets broadcast product.

    It’s Entercom we’re talking about, if they don’t even want to spend the $$$ for satellite time, then the problems are worse for the Mets than we realize. A flagship station by inertia… and if the ratings impact WCBS 88, watch as they seriously downplay the coverage.

    But it could be worse. Look at the mess the Oakland A’s are in, they burned any and all bridges with Entercom after last season, and wound up having to buy time on the market’s Salem conservatalker and an all-sports station in Sacremento just so their games could have any radio coverage.

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    #186082

    Inside Radio was able to get some additional comments from Entercom today (although they didn’t appear in the story’s original version)…

    http://www.insideradio.com/free/new-york-mets-radio-network-shuttered-ed-levine-not-amused/article_810fe462-556f-11e9-9e1b-a3fca9e19938.html

     


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    #186093

    There is a long discussion about the Mets moving to WCBS-AM on YouTube about a year ago, and how the WCBS-AM signal might impact the entire area where you can pick up the Mets instead of putting affiliations. Here’s why.


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    #186098

    I guess the Mets should have included in the contract a clause requiring Entercom to distribute the games outside the NYC area. It is so typical of a business taking over another , to cut costs to enhance profits.
    Couldn’t they have recouped some of the satellite cost from “must carry” network commercials, that would be carried over a much wider area.
    Other teams radio partners have figured it out, including co-owned WFAN which carries the Yankees. If Entercom’s WCBS was unwilling to do this, they should not have bid on the contract!
    Another poster mentioned the Mets using WEPN-FM -98.7. That station covers much less area than WCBS, albeit clearer. Their signal does not reach Poughkeepsie in a listenable way. To make it worse we have a translator , weak as it is , on 98.5 and a full power station on 98.9


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    #186099

    If the numbers don’t work, the numbers don’t work. Why blame Entercom? If anything, blame goes to the Mets for creating a product that cannot be effectively monetized.

     

    Suck it up and get a MLB.TV or SiriusXM subscription.


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    #186101

    If the numbers don’t work, the numbers don’t work. Why blame Entercom? If anything, blame goes to the Mets for creating a product that cannot be effectively monetized.
    It was Entercoms decision to shut down the network , not the Mets.

    Suck it up and get a MLB.TV or SiriusXM subscription.


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    #186123

    Radio Ink has posted another article about what just happened.

    Mets Flip Upstate New York The Middle Finger

    And then, Barrett Sports Media (BSM) also posted an article as well about what happened.

    Mets Lose All Upstate NY Affiliates

    Read here.

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