New York Yankees radio broadcasts are moving from WCBS to WFAN, ending the 26 year run of the New York Mets on the station. Yankees games will be broadcast on WFAN's 660 AM and 101.9 FM stations, forcing the Mets to link up with either ESPN New York or WOR AM.
The new contract will reportedly pay the Yankees over $15 million per season for the radio rights, which is actually comparable to the TV rights of teams stuck in awful deals. This move was a long time coming after the Yankees signed one year extensions for the 2012 and 2013 seasons with WCBS to set themselves up for the shift over to WFAN.
Additionally, John Sterling is expected to remain the team's play by play broadcaster, but the status of Suzyn Waldman (Sterling's partner since 2005) is more uncertain. The duo is roundly mocked by fans across the league, and perhaps a change would be a nice olive branch to fans with the switch in stations.
It's a bit of a sad day for Mets fans, but the club was bleeding money for WFAN, especially in recent years with the team's struggles. But let's be honest: the Yankees have been *the* team in New York for roughly the last 20 years, minus some brief successes for the Mets in the early to middle part of the last decade. The Yankees have all the history and all the mythology on their side, and no matter what happens, the Mets will always get the shaft, even if it's not justified.
it's a damn shame that the Mets wont be on WFAN anymore, as a huge Mets fan, I grew up listening to the Mets on FAN and watching them on FSNY and it's a shame that it has to end
I hope the Mets have the instestinal fortitude after their contract with these traitors not to make any guests available to them; no manager's report, no gm, no players the same way the Jets refuse to do business with them. When WFAN started, it was the Mets who helped to carry them and to just dump the Mets the way they did is absolutely disgusting and to perpetrate the myth they are losing money on the Mets broadcasts while paying the Yankees much more is simply a falsehood. At a certain point, people with integrity show a degree of loyalty. The people at the FAN, in this action, have shown none. If I were the Mets, I would tell them to go fly a kite.