Days from 2011 opener Oakland A's still in talks with KTRB about broadcasts and possible purchase of station
- 3/25/11, "Oakland A's notebook: Radio deal on shaky ground as season nears," Oakland Tribune, Joe Stiglich
A source with knowledge of the situation told Bay Area News Group on Friday that negotiations for the A's to buy KTRB -- which is in receivership with Comerica Bank -- have hit a major snag. In the fallout, the source said, the agreement between the A's and the receiver to broadcast games during the regular season also is in jeopardy.
Ken Pries, the A's vice president for broadcasting and communications, did not return phone calls seeking comment, nor did A's spokesman Bob Rose.
The A's sent out a release Friday night saying that "due to technical issues beyond their control," the games Saturday and Sunday against the Colorado Rockies would not be broadcast on KTRB as originally planned. The games instead will air on mlb.com.
The same release also said broadcasts will resume Monday when the A's open the three-game Bay Bridge Series against the Giants at AT&T Park. But that doesn't necessarily guarantee broadcasts will continue once the A's begin their regular season Friday at home against the Seattle Mariners.
KTRB, a 50,000-watt station, went into receivership in September. The A's have been negotiating to purchase the station ever since and are thought to be the primary bidder.
According to the source, the receiver is looking for a higher bid than the A's are willing to offer, and might be threatening
- to pull games off the air as leverage.
But it's also very possible that one of the sides could budge and a compromise struck before Friday's opener to continue airing games."...
via Rich Lieberman 415
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