Flagship Washington Commanders radio station will no longer broadcast team games


The Commanders need a new radio.

Audacy, owner of Washington’s flagship radio station The Team 980 AM, announced that it will no longer air Commanders games during the NFL season.

“(The organization and the company) disagreed on the value of the emissions [and] it’s also very important to us as a sports talk station, even as the team’s longtime flagship station, it was important to us to continue to be able to provide honest and objective news and analysis on the [Commanders] on our talk shows,” Washington-based radio host Kevin Sheehan said on Wednesday.

Sheehan also hinted that the station’s fair coverage of the team played a role in this decision.

“It was important for us to be able to continue to provide what we offer in our talk shows, which is an honest and objective analysis of the team,” he said.

In response, a Washington team spokesperson explained that it was the team that decided to move on.

“We shared with Audacy last week that we would not be moving forward as partners,” the statement read. “We are thrilled with our new radio broadcast partner, which we will be announcing soon, and anticipate it will be the biggest radio deal in team history.”

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Washington owner Daniel Snyder owned the radio station until 2018 when he sold it to Audacy for “a massive loss reported.”

This is just the latest business partnership break for Washington, as the team has had a problem retaining business partners during these last years. Yesterday, Anheuser-Busch decided not to renew its sponsorship deal with the team, the third time a company has withdrawn its sponsorship with Washington in the past year.

All this comes after The Washington Post reported that 15 women accused the team of allowing sexual harassment in the workplace. The post office also reported that a former senior executive had employees film videos of partially nude cheerleaders backstage at a swimsuit calendar photo shoot in 2008.

In October, lawmakers on the Oversight and Reform Committee asked Roger Goodell for “documents and communications” related to the team in his investigation. In return, the NFL answered all questions relating to the investigation without providing specific documents. In February, six former employees met with the committee to discuss allegations of sexual harassment.

The NFL is reportedly still investigating Snyder, having hired Mary Jo White, a US attorney and former chair of the Securities and Exchange Commission, to lead the investigation.

Snyder has since denied the allegations against him and the team.

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