Radio Silence For Minor League Baseball's Boise Hawks
June 16, 2015 at 10:42 AM (PT)
The BOISE HAWKS are entering their NORTHWEST LEAGUE minor league baseball season with no coverage on broadcast or online radio for the first time in the 28-year history of the franchise, reports the IDAHO PRESS-TRIBUNE of NAMPA.
The team, the COLORADO ROCKIES' Class A affiliate, was sold to AGON SPORTS AND ENTERTAINMENT last year, and the new owner decided that the money spent on radio could be better used in other areas, including renovations to MEMORIAL STADIUM.
HAWKS Pres. TODD RAHR told the PRESS-TRIBUNE that "It was an extremely hard decision. We fought over it for weeks. My vote would certainly be to keep it because I’m a purist at heart, but it was a smart decision from a financial standpoint. Have I heard some negatives on it? Absolutely. It was a tough decision. When we sat down back in the fall and identified the things we wanted to do for the fan experience, the ballpark, building up our staff and things like that, we said where can we find the money to do that? It came down to the fact that radio just wasn’t a real profitable thing for us.”
He added that the team spent about $50,000 per season to buy time on CUMUUS Sports KTIK-A-F (93.1 KTIK: THE TICKET)/BOISE and in addition had to pay a board operator and announcer MIKE SAFFORD; advertising revenue, he said, did not cover the costs in the last few years.
The team has not ruled out doing games on the Internet later this season and will consider radio or Internet broadcasts for 2016. Fans are being instructed that they can hear play-by-play of all HAWKS games online via opposing teams' streams.