MSG had planned to give Mike Francesa a huge role
MSG Media president Mike Bair said last week that MSG planned to make Mike Francesa a big part of the network had it won its bid to take over the simulcast of Francesa's WFAN show from YES in 2009.
But YES exercised its right to match a deal believe to be worth around $2.5 million per year for five years, leaving MSG "quite disappointed," according to Bair.
Click below for his comments on this subject.Bair on losing the Francesa simulcast bid to YES:
"It was disappointing not to have Mike join us. We think the world of him. Hes clearly one of the top voices in New York if not the country for local sports, and we just personally like him a lot, so that was quite disappointing.
"But it doesn't mean were not going to continue with the relationship. Were still in talks with him to do other things.
"Our vision of working with Mike was to take advantage of his star power and his personality and make him a bigger part of the network. Theirs [YES'} has been to really just focus on the volume of programming.
"Hes still such a powerful personality and powerful TV draw were still looking at some things wed like to do with him."