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Sox Close To New Deal With The Score

According to Ed Sherman’s blog at Crain’s Chicago Business, the Sox had contemplated leaving WSCR:

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As reported here previously, the Sox have considered starting a third sports talk station in town. They would be following a recent trend in which teams like the St. Louis Cardinals and Washington Redskins own radio outlets. Sports talk also has been migrating to FM in several markets, including Boston and Philadelphia.

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But, Sherman reports that a multi-year extension is in the works:

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After kicking the tires on possibly launching an FM sports station, the White Sox are close to completing a multiyear deal to continue to air their games on WSCR-AM 670, according to sources. Ed Farmer and Darrin Jackson would return to the booth.

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While over-the-air radio broadcasts of baseball games seem less important these days with the availability of MLB Audio online and on smartphones, the Sox being on a 50,000-watt broadcast outlet that can be heard in many states at night is still an important consideration for team prestige, not to mention out-of-town fans without Internet access.