Read ’em and weep Central Florida sports fans. As previously mentioned in this forum (and surpassed perhaps by only the sheer stupidity represented by the ongoing Brighthouse Cable/FSN pissing contest causing the blackout of half of the Orlando Magic games), it’s the end of the road for 740 The Team AM radio as a sports station. Saturday afternoon’s broadcast of the Liberty Bowl game between UCF (Univ. of Central Florida) and Mississipi State will be the station’s final sporting event, soon to be replaced by Clear Channel’s Spanish language “La Preciosa” format. Isn’t that just great? Can you feel the love? No more Jim Rome, Dan Patrick, JT the Brick, Andrew Siciliano, Tampa Bay Bucs games (which surely have to be moving somewhere up or down the dial, don’t they?), and who knows what else.
As of tomorrow night the Orlando market, supposedly one of the top 30 in the country, will have just one 24-hour sports-talk radio station (1080 AM, WHOO). And you can’t even pick up the signal at night in large portions of the Metro Orlando area. No wonder why the Magic broadcasts situation and the elimination of 740 The Team ranked # 1 & 2 in today’s Orlando Sentinel listing of the top 10 sports-media stories (read: lows) of 2007. Happy new year and a giant middle finger to all local sports fans from Clear Channel and our cable provider.