Like any marriage, the Golden Knights and Lotus Broadcasting had to make sure they were good for each other before tying the knot.
As Lotus general manager Tony Bonnici said, “Our biggest concern was would it be a ‘win-win’ or would it be a one-sided deal? If it was a one-way deal, we weren’t interested.”
After almost four months of negotiations, the sides announced Wednesday a three-year partnership that will have:
— All Golden Knights games broadcast on the Fox Sports Radio affiliates (KRLV 1340 AM and KLAV 98.9 FM).
— A half-hour pregame show.
— A one-hour call-in postgame show.
— A weekly one-hour talk show.
— All games will be streamed live on the internet.
— A game of the week broadcast in Spanish on KENO-AM (1460).
Financial terms of the deal were not made public.
“The bottom line is for our listeners, they’ll be able to follow the Golden Knights all season long without interruption,” Bonnici said. “Whether it’s AM, FM, streaming, in Spanish. If you want it, it’s there.”
Knights president Kerry Bubolz said it was important to do business with a local partner that also understands sports.
“The most important part is we have a great partner who understands what we do and has the same vision we have,” Bubolz said. “We also have a tremendous promotional partner who will help us get the word out. We’re in a nontraditional hockey marketplace, and they are by far the best to help us with year-round coverage of the Vegas Golden Knights.”
Bubolz said the next step is to find the broadcast teams for English and Spanish.
“We’ll start that process shortly,” he said. “We want to hire the best talent. But that person has to be a personality that fits on our hockey side as well as business. If he’s not a good fit on the hockey side, he’s probably not the right person.”
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Three of a kind
With Wednesday’s announcement, the Golden Knights become the third NHL team to broadcast their games in English and Spanish. Here is the complete list of teams and their stations in English and Spanish:
Team ; English station ; Spanish station
Chicago Blackhawks ; WGN 720 AM; WRTO 1200 AM
Florida Panthers ; WQAM 560 AM; Deportes Miami 1210 AM
Golden Knights ; Fox Sports 1340 AM/98.9 FM ; 1460 AM