Thursday, March 12, 2009
The two were walking on thin ice for a few months, but today the NFL and Westwood One agreed to keep their relationship going. The new two-year agreement will have Westwood One covering 57 games next year, which also includes both Championship games, the Pro Bowl and the Super Bowl. Here's the WWO press release....
Westwood One and the National Football League (NFL) announced today a new two-year agreement for Westwood One to continue as the exclusive network radio partner of the NFL.Good for both sides in working something out, and while the money hasn't been released, Sports Business Daily is reporting that the deal is near the $30 million mark and is all guaranteed money. Something ESPN Radio and Sporting News Radio couldn't provide.
Westwood One has been an NFL network radio partner for more than four decades and the exclusive network radio partner since 1987.
Westwood One will continue to broadcast all national regular season and postseason NFL games, including the Pro Football Hall of Fame Game, Monday Night Football, Sunday Night Football, the NFL Playoffs, the Super Bowl and the Pro Bowl. In addition, Westwood One’s NFL broadcasts will now be streamed online as part of Field Pass on NFL.com.
As the exclusive radio partner of the NFL, the Westwood One 2009 NFL broadcast schedule features 57 national games, including: the Hall of Fame game, Opening Kickoff game, 17 Monday Night games, including one doubleheader, 16 Sunday Night games, eight Thursday and Saturday Night games (including Thanksgiving Night), Thanksgiving Day doubleheader, 12 Postseason games, including the NFL Playoffs, the AFC and NFC Championship Games, the AFC-NFC Pro Bowl and Super Bowl XLIV in South Florida. Westwood One also delivers specialty programs, including: The NFL Today, NFL Preview, NFL Insider, NFL Sunday, and NFL Fantasy Football Forecast.
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