Report: LAKings to KABC 790
Per Lisa Dillman of the Los Angeles Times, the Kings have reached a five-year agreement with KABC 790 to become the only Los Angeles-area team broadcast on the AM station. The Kings had been partnered with AM 1150 for the previous seven seasons.
For the Kings, the radio deal is novel in that it is a multiyear agreement. Kelly Cheeseman, the Kings’ chief operating officer, said in a interview that the team previously “basically paid” to be on radio and that agreements of the past were typically of a year-to-year nature.
There has been a marked change in the business climate from when the Kings first won the Stanley Cup in 2012.
“It’s different across all the segments of our business,” said Cheeseman, who is also the chief operating officer for the Kings’ parent company, AEG Sports.
There are some interesting team operations bits in Dillman’s story, which also notes that the Kings have sold out their allotment of season tickets, and that the season ticket renewal rate was above 95%.