There are lots of winners at the casinos across Las Vegas. Today, the city’s biggest victors just may be Beasley Media Group and Meredith Corp.
The soon-to-be Las Vegas Raiders have selected their team’s official broadcast partners, and an AM and FM in Beasley’s Southern Nevada station group join KVVU-5 in grabbing those honors from the National Football League team set to relocate from Oakland, Calif.
“The Raiders are proud to announce exclusive media partnerships with both FOX5 and Beasley Media Group,” said Raiders President Marc Badain. “The passion of Raider Nation is unrivaled, and we look forward to working with both FOX5 and Beasley to bring exclusive and captivating Raiders content and coverage to Southern Nevada.”
The deal gives the Meredith station exclusive TV rights holder for the Raiders, starting with the 2017-2018 season and running through 2019. The agreement encompasses all pre-season games not televised by a national network partner. However, KVVU will broadcast all four preseason games during the upcoming 2017 campaign. Games will be produced by the Raiders’ in-house Silver and Black Productions.
KVVU will also air the weekly Silver and Black Show, a Raiders shoulder program featuring exclusive player and coach interviews and in-depth features.
Veteran announcer Beth Mowins returns to handle the play-by-play duties for Raiders pre-season games. She will soon become the first woman to call a Monday Night Football game, handling play-by-play for the second half of the opening weekend doubleheader.
Mowins will be joined in the broadcast booth by former Raider and veteran television commentator Matt Millen. Also returning to the telecasts are Nicole Zaloumis and JT the Brick to handle hosting and sideline reporting.
Todd Brown, VP/GM of KVVU, said, “This historic move to Las Vegas brings an excitement to our city that is unmatched. We look forward to working side by side with the Raider organization as we help them transition to the Entertainment Capital of the World. FOX5 will lead the charge in building a large Las Vegas fan base and bringing our viewers the most up-to-date Raider news, preseason games and events.”
Meanwhile, Beasley has also agreed to a two-season deal, with Country KCYE-FM “102.7 The Coyote” and KDWN-AM 720 airing pre-season and regular season games.
The agreement with Beasley Media Group was negotiated by Compass Media Networks, who will continue to exclusively manage, produce, and distribute all audio broadcasts of the Raiders.
“We are absolutely thrilled to be named the official Las Vegas flagship radio partner of the Raiders,” said Brian Beasley, EVP/COO for Beasley Media Group. “Our five radio properties are the perfect fit.”
Beasley/Las Vegas Market Manager Tom Humm took a more personal tone in expressing his elation over the Raiders’ deal.
“My brother, David, and I were born and raised in Las Vegas and he participated as a quarterback with the Raiders team that won two Super Bowls,” he said. “It is an honor to be part of the Beasley Media team bringing the Raiders game broadcasts to the Las Vegas community, while also working with David to build insight and on air content relating to what it is like to play in the NFL for an iconic Raiders team. “
Greg Papa, the voice of the Raiders, will again team with former Raiders quarterback, head coach and assistant coach Tom Flores to call the action. Former Raiders Pro Bowl tackle Lincoln Kennedy will provide sideline analysis.