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Whither Boomer and Carton simulcast?

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This All-Long Island quarterback led his East Islip High School teammates to the 1978 Rutgers Trophy as the best team in Suffolk County before graduating in '79 and heading to the University of Maryland. (Credit: Handout)

Craig Carton and Boomer Esiason remained without a TV simulcast for their WFAN radio show as of Friday, but they figure to land somewhere soon, with CBS Sports Network and YES believed to be the leading candidates.

But Dan Ronayne, executive VP of MSG Networks, did not rule out a return to MSG (which has a right to match any offer), saying Tuesday:

“The situation is not resolved. We love the show. We have had a great relationship with Boomer and Craig and the [radio] station and we’ve had a great three years and we’ll see how it turns out.’’

If Ca-Boom goes to YES it could impact Mike Francesa’s show when his simulcast deal with the network expires in early 2014. It is improbable that YES would carry 9½ hours a day of radio simulcasts, so Francesa presumably would move to another channel.

MSG made a lucrative bid for his show in 2009; YES exercised its contractual right to match it.

By the way, it has been widely reported that the contract Boomer and Carton have with MSG would preclude them appearing on another television simulcast for several months if they leave the network.

Not so. My understanding is that If MSG declines to match an offer they get from another channel, they will be able to get back on TV in short order.

Tags: WFAN , YES , MSG , CBSSN

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