I think the best news is that now that it’s moved to 98.7 FM, ESPN New York radio should have much, much better reception than in the past. That’s great for fans, because other than the reception, ESPN radio has done a fabulous job of broadcasting games, start to finish.
From ESPN radio and MSG Networks:
MSG Networks AND ESPN New York 98.7FM ANNOUNCE RENEWAL OF RADIO BROADCASTING AGREEMENT
Multi-Year Deal Will Keep the Broadcaster as the Radio Home of the New York Knicks and New York Rangers
New York, NY (August 15, 2012) – MSG Networks and ESPN New York 98.7FM have agreed to a multi-year extension that ensures 98.7FM will continue as the radio broadcast home of the New York Knicks and New York Rangers.
The agreement includes full pre- and post-game coverage for both teams, and a continuation of a multi-tiered cross-promotional effort between The Madison Square Garden Company, including the Knicks, Rangers and MSG Networks and ESPN New York 98.7FM.
“We’re excited to continue our partnership with ESPN New York 98.7FM, and all the unique marketing and promotional opportunities that accompany the association with such a world-renowned brand,” said Daniel Ronayne, executive vice president and general manager, MSG Networks. “It allows two of the strongest brands in sports, MSG and ESPN, to continue their successful partnership and to bring the highest quality radiocasts in the country to the most knowledgeable sports fans in America…New Yorkers.”
“The ESPN New York 98.7FM mission statement is to serve New York sports fans. By extending our partnership with MSG Networks we feel we are in a great position to live up to our mission for the foreseeable future,” said Dave Roberts, VP/General Manager, ESPN New York 98.7FM. “We look forward to elevating both the ESPN and MSG brands through this partnership.”
“ESPN Radio has been a great partner for more than eight years, bringing MSG’s radio play-by-play coverage of the Knicks and Rangers to our passionate New York area fans,” said Scott O’Neil, president, MSG Sports. “The continuation of this partnership is part of our overall commitment to providing Knicks and Rangers fans the best options to consume content on their favorite teams across every media platform.”
As the exclusive local television home of the New York Knicks, New York Rangers, New Jersey Devils, New York Islanders, Buffalo Sabres, New York Liberty and New York Red Bulls, and the official regional sports networks of the New York Giants, MSG Networks telecasts over 400 live professional games per year. MSG Networks also telecasts 150 live college basketball games and 50 live college football games from top national conferences (SEC, Big 12, Big East, Pac 12, Conference USA), as well as horse racing, boxing and award-winning original programming. In 2012, MSG Networks earned 16 New York Emmy Awards, including 14 for MSG – tops in the New York region for the third year in a row – and two for MSG+. Over the past five years, MSG Networks has totaled 77 New York Emmy Awards, including 69 for MSG – also the most of any New York station or network in that time – and eight for MSG+.