Yankees set to replace Mets on WFAN in 2014
The New York Daily News is reporting that the Yankees deal with WFAN will pay the team $15 to $20 million per season. That is a huge amount of money for a baseball team to rake in yearly for just its radio broadcast rights. The Yankees will easily be the highest paid team in baseball for their radio rights.
Since its inception on July 1, 1987, WFAN has been the major sports radio station in the New York market, and the station has always carried the New York Mets baseball broadcasts.
The Yankees always belonged on WFAN
Since WFAN is the premier sports radio station in New York, it's only right that the station is finally going to be carrying the premier major league baseball team in the New York market, the Yankees. As a lifelong Yankees fan living in the New York area, I've always felt the Yankees, not the Mets, belonged on WFAN.
While both the Yankees and Mets have millions of fans in the listening area of WFAN, I'm pretty sure there are a lot more Yankees fans than there are Mets fans. In addition, the Yankees franchise has almost always delivered a better product on the field than the Mets have.
The Yankes have won 27 World Series vs just 2 for the Mets
The New York Yankees have been around since 1901 (the team actually started out as the Baltimore Orioles). Since 1901, the Yankees have won 27 World Series championships. That works out to a World Series championship once every 4.1 years.
The New York Mets have been around since 1962. Since 1962, the Mets have won two World Series championships. That works out to a World Series championship once every 25 years.
The Yankees have historically just produced a better product on the field than the Mets have, and the Yankees continue to do so today.
Since WFAN is the premier sports radio station in the New York market, as long as ESPN keeps giving Mike Lupica a radio show it well never surpass WFAN, it is only fitting that the New York Yankees will now be on WFAN.
Whether the Yankees should keep its radio broadcasting team of John Sterling and Suzyn Waldman is another story.