New York, NY (February 5, 2015) – MSG Networks and ESPN New York 98.7FM have agreed to a multi-year extension of their agreement that ensures 98.7FM will continue as the exclusive radio broadcaster of New York Knicks and New York Rangers games. ESPN Radio 98.7NY has broadcast Knicks and Rangers games to sports fans since 2004.
The agreement includes full pre- and post-game coverage for both teams, and a continuation of a multi-tiered cross-promotional effort between The Madison Square Garden Company, including the Knicks, Rangers and MSG Networks, and ESPN New York 98.7FM. All Knicks and Rangers audio content will also continue to be streamed live on www.ESPNNewYork.com.
“MSG Networks is proud to continue our decade-long partnership with ESPN New York 98.7FM,” said Andrea Greenberg, executive vice president, MSG Media. “The marriage between two of the most iconic brands in sports – MSG and ESPN – means that New York area fans will continue to receive top quality radio coverage of the Knicks and Rangers.”
“We are thrilled to continue our long-term association with MSG Networks,” said Tim McCarthy, GM, ESPN New York 98.7FM. “We are proud to have already broadcast Knicks and Rangers action for 11 consecutive years, and are glad this extension will provide consistency when listeners want coverage of two of New York’s most iconic teams. Our relationship with MSG Networks will continue to grow as we work together to promote the broadcasts.”
MSG Networks is the exclusive local television home of the New York Knicks, New York Rangers, New Jersey Devils, New York Islanders, Buffalo Sabres (Upstate New York only), New York Liberty and New York Red Bulls, and the official regional sports networks of the New York Giants. MSG Networks also telecasts over 100 live college events from top national conferences, as well as horse racing, boxing and award-winning original programming. In 2014, MSG Networks received 16 New York Emmy Awards, including 14 for MSG Network and one each for MSG+ and MSG.com. MSG Network’s 99 Emmys over the past seven years are more than any single network or station in the region during that time.
About ESPN New York 98.7FM
ESPN New York 98.7FM provides fans complete coverage of New York sports and is the flagship station of ESPN Radio providing sports talk, local and national play-by-play as well as breaking news coverage. It is the official radio home for three of New York’s most iconic teams: the Jets, Knicks and Rangers. The station also carries Major League Baseball (including the entire postseason), the NBA (including the entire postseason), the College Football Playoff (semifinals and championship) and local college sports. Content is also streamed live on www.ESPNNewYork.com.
About The Madison Square Garden Company
The Madison Square Garden Company is comprised of three business segments: MSG Sports, MSG Media and MSG Entertainment and is built on a foundation of iconic venues and compelling content that the company creates, produces, presents and/or distributes through its programming networks and other media assets. MSG Sports owns and operates the following sports franchises: the New York Knicks (NBA), the New York Rangers (NHL), the New York Liberty (WNBA), the Westchester Knicks (NBADL) and the Hartford Wolf Pack (AHL). MSG Sports also features the presentation of a wide variety of live sporting events including professional boxing, college basketball, bull riding and tennis. MSG Media is a leader in production and content development for multiple distribution platforms, including content originating from the Company’s venues. MSG Media’s television networks consist of regional sports networks, MSG Network and MSG+, collectively referred to as MSG Networks. MSG Entertainment is one of the country’s leaders in live entertainment. MSG Entertainment creates, produces and/or presents a variety of live productions, including the Radio City Christmas Spectacular and the New York Spring Spectacular, both featuring the Rockettes. MSG Entertainment also presents or hosts other live entertainment events such as concerts, family shows and special events in the Company’s diverse collection of venues. These venues consist of Madison Square Garden, The Theater at Madison Square Garden, Radio City Music Hall, the Beacon Theatre, the Forum in Inglewood, CA, The Chicago Theatre, and the Wang Theatre in Boston, MA. More information is available at www.themadisonsquaregardencompany.com.
ESPN, Inc., The Worldwide Leader in Sports, is the leading multinational, multimedia sports entertainment company featuring the broadest portfolio of multimedia sports assets with over 50 business entities. Based in Bristol, Conn., with approximately 4,200 employees (approximately 8,000 worldwide) ESPN Plaza includes nearly 1.2 million square feet in 18 buildings on 123 acres (additional 500,000 sq. ft. rented nearby). The company is 80 percent owned by ABC, Inc., an indirect subsidiary of The Walt Disney Company. The Hearst Corporation holds a 20 percent interest in ESPN.
In 2014, ESPN produced more than 47,000 hours of live event/studio programming across platforms.