The radio station that carries Clippers games, KFWB-AM (980), is expected to abandon its all-sports format next month, leaving the team in search of a new radio home.
The Clippers, after having been on KFWB since 2009, are in the first year of a five-year contract with the station. Team officials have the option of sticking with the station, which has been sold to a new owner, but would prefer to not be a part of a lineup that is expected to be exclusively foreign language programming.
Team officials’ goal is to reach a deal with another station by next month.
A television executive familiar with the situation said Fox has no intention of getting into a bidding war over rights fees in the wake of Time Warner Cable’s disastrous contract with the Dodgers, whose games are still not being broadcast across a large swath of Southern California because of the refusal of most major pay-TV systems to pay TWC’s price for the Dodgers station.
Fox, which has paid the Clippers about $25 million annually for broadcast rights, offered to increase the amount to $60 million per season. The Clippers countered with a request for $100 million a year.
Officials from the Clippers and Fox declined to comment on the matter.
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