Don’t Expect to Hear Mike Shannon & John Rooney for World Series Games
If the St. Louis Cardinals are fortunate enough to make it to the World Series, don’t expect to hear Mike Shannon and John Rooney do the play-by-play on radio. With the exception of the Cardinals flagship station, KMOX, stations on the St. Louis Cardinal Baseball Network will be forced to carry the ESPN Radio broadcast of the World Series games with Dan Shulman and John Kruk.
With all due respect to the ESPN guys, they don’t know squat about the St. Louis Cardinals compared to Shannon and Rooney. So why are they doing the broadcasts on the Cardinal Baseball Network?
Simply put, because a contract exists between ESPN and Major League Baseball that makes it mandatory that all radio broadcasts of the World Series must be provided by ESPN, who paid big bucks to make that happen. So now you will know why ESPN will be on AM 1070 KHMO and the rest of the Cardinal Baseball Network stations if the Cardinals get there. The same holds true for all of the stations on the Kansas City or Baltimore Radio Networks. They too will be carrying the ESPN broadcast instead of their team broadcasters.
Now there is one exception to this deal and that is that the flagship stations in each World Series team city is allowed to broadcast the game to their local city listeners. In other words, Mike Shannon and John Rooney will broadcast possible World Series games doing the broadcast on KMOX in St. Louis only. The Royals and Orioles fans can also hear their local broadcasters on their flagship stations.
There is no doubt fans along networks (Cardinals, Royals or Orioles) will not be pleased to have to listen to another broadcast of their favorite team's game especially in the World Series but this is another case of money talks. Right now it talks louder than the fans do