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Sunday, February 09, 2014

Fox Sports 1 a contender to simulcast Mike Francesa WFAN radio show-Neil Best. Update, Source says it will be Fox Sports 1, Neil Best

2/9/14, "Source: Mike Francesa's show to air on Fox Sports 1," Neil Best, Newsday

"Mike Francesa, whose 12-year simulcast run on the YES Network ended on Super Bowl Sunday, soon will bring his WFAN radio show to Fox Sports 1, a radio industry source with knowledge of the agreement said Sunday.

Terms of the contract could not be determined, nor could a starting date. But Francesa said on the air last week that an official announcement could come early this week, and that he could be back on TV in time for the NCAA men's basketball tournament in March.

MSG widely had been considered the most logical candidate for Francesa's show after making a bid for it five years ago that YES matched. But FS1 entered the bidding, presumably in an effort to increase the fledgling cable sports network's visibility. That was one factor behind CBS Sports Network adding WFAN's morning show featuring Boomer Esiason and Craig Carton last month -- even though both FS1 and CBSSN are national television channels and the WFAN shows are New York-oriented.

Joining FS1 will put Francesa in the same TV family as his ESPN Radio counterpart, Michael Kay, whose show now appears on YES, which also is owned by Fox. The channels are side-by-side in Cablevision's channel lineup at 69 and 70."

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2/7/14, "Michael Kay fires back at Mike Francesa," Neil Best Watchdog, Newsday

"Fox Sports 1 has emerged as a contender to simulcast Mike Francesa’s WFAN radio show, which if it occurs could make for some very interesting company picnics.

Now that Fox is set to increase its stake in the YES Network to 80 percent, the simulcasts of both Francesa’s show and Michael Kay’s ESPN New York radio show could both be on Fox-owned channels."...

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