YES Secures More of Francesa’s Air Time

The YES Network has signed a new multiyear extension with WFAN (660AM) to continue simulcasting Mike Francesa’s afternoon sports-talk show.

The new deal will allow YES to continue running the New York sports talk mainstay’s Mike’d Up: Francesa on the FAN, weekdays from 1 p.m. to 6:30 p.m., while adding his in-season The NFL Now on football Sundays from 9 a.m. to noon.

A staple on WFAN since 1987, The NFL Now includes commentary and analysis, as well as news, coach and player interviews and listener call-ins.

While terms of the deal were not disclosed, with his two radio programs and compensation for the simulcasts––plus his Sunday night WNBC show Mike’d Up: The Francesa Sports Report––Francesa easily out-earns former Mike and the Mad Dog partner Chris Russo, who bolted to Sirius XM in August 2008 for a reported $3 million annual salary.

A fixture on YES since the regional sports network launched in March 2002, Francesa’s ratings actually improved after Russo left. According to YES, the weekday simulcast was up 16.7 percent between Aug. 18, 2008 and Feb. 25, 2009.

“New Yorkers have tuned in to Mike Francesa for more than 20 years, and we are excited that he will continue to be a valuable part of the YES network,” said John Filippelli, Yes president of production and programming, by way of announcing the deal. “Mike was hugely instrumental in setting the tone for the sports radio genre nationwide, and his influence within the sports arena can not be understated.”