The Seattle Mariners are returning to KIRO Radio beginning next season, the team and Bonneville International jointly announced today.
The three-year agreement, which is subject to approval by Major League Baseball, will continue through the 2011 season. Financial terms of the agreement were not released, but the Seattle Post-Intelligencer report the deal to be for $5.5 million per season, down from the $10 million per season the club received the last six years.
"We could not be more pleased about renewing the great tradition of Mariners baseball on 710 KIRO," said Bonneville Seattle Vice President and Market Manager, Carl Gardner.
The Mariners are currently in the final year of a six-year agreement with KOMO 1000 News, which has carried the team's broadcasts since 2003.
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"Returning to KIRO and Bonneville feels like we're going home," Chuck Armstrong, Seattle Mariners President and Chief Operating Officer said in a release.
"KIRO was our flagship station for 18 years and we are looking forward to renewing our ties with one of the great stations and broadcast ownership groups in the nation."
The Mariners will have a year-round presence on KIRO including all regular season games, as well as pregame and postgame programming, a weekly magazine feature program during the baseball season, the Hot Stove League during the off-season and 20 Spring Training games.
Play-by-play announcers are employed by the Mariners and will continue to be so under the new agreement.