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Heat, Dolphins in legal battle over who gets radio airwaves Oct. 31

Oct 11, 2010, 8:02 PM EDT

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WBGG — Big 105.9  in Miami — has it all. Classic rock all week, so you can get your Foreigner fix, with Miami Dolphin and Miami Heat games. It’s the perfect mix (if you actually like Foreigner for some inexplicable reason)…

Unless the Heat and Dolphins have games at same time, and both have contracts that say they have to be on the big Clear Channel station. Then everybody gets angry we are off to court, as the Hollywood Reporter had today.

The question has spilled into litigation, as the Heat have just filed legal action against Clear Channel. The team is coming off a high-profile off-season, recruiting James and Chris Bosh, but now the team is claiming that Clear Channel is breaching its contract by favoring the Dolphins.

According to the complaint, the team’s two-year-old broadcast rights agreement with Clear Channel specifies that if another Florida sports team was granted a rights agreement, the Heat would be entitled to an equivalent package.

What is really going on here? Here’s my best guess: the Heat got a look at the Dolphins radio deal because of all this and they realize they could get more — now that they are THE MIAMI HEAT.

According to the lawsuit, Clear Channel’s agreement with the Dolphins granted the team broadcast rights on WBGG-FM as well as WINZ-AM, plus the right to sell advertising. The broadcaster allegedly also gave the Dolphins two hours of pre and post-game time whereas the Heat only got a half hour. The Heat claim Clear Channel also gave the Dolphins rights to create other shows such as twice weekly specials devoted to interviews with coaches and players, as well as an HD channel centered on the Dolphins. Other considerations were allegedly made, including outdoor promotions, public service announcements, charitable events and rights fees that were more favorable to the Dolphins.

The Heat are claiming breach of contract, meaning now they really want to renegotiate their deal since they are the shizzle.

As for who the people of Miami want to hear, Dolphins or Heat? Probably Foreigner.

  1. hnirobert3 - Oct 11, 2010 at 10:59 PM

    Give it to the Heat. My Phins will be 2-4, going on 2-5, come 10/31.

  2. ljl2 - Oct 11, 2010 at 11:31 PM

    I’m sure the NFL will throw its weight behind this. It’s not about dolphins vs. heat. its about NFL vs. NBA.

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