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It was announced earlier this week that the San Diego Chargers have agreed to extend their broadcast relationship with ClearChannel. ClearChannel will continue to broadcast all Chargers games for the next three years, simulcast on KIOZ Rock 105.3 FM and ClearChannel’s local sports station, KLSD-XTRA Sports 1360 AM.

ClearChannel, the area’s largest broadcast entity, has built quite a franchise around the Chargers locally. Game days feature broadcasts that start five hours before kickoff, including a fantasy football show that often serves as a pre-pre-game show, and then the Countdown To Kickoff pre-game show. Following Chargers games the broadcast continues with a post game show and two more hours of Chargers talk. Aside from game days, XTRA Sports 1360 carries a weekday Chargers-centric show year-round, and many ClearChannel stations regularly feature Chargers players throughout the week.

According to Countdown To Kickoff co-host Eddie Pappani, there are currently no plans to make changes to the broadcast next season.

News of the new contract between the Chargers and ClearChannel stands in stark contrast to the uncertainties surrounding the Padres and the future of their broadcasts. More specifically, the Padres TV broadcasts.

As the Padres’ television rights agreement with Cox Cable expired following the 2011 season, it was widely assumed that a new contract with a larger entity, frequently assumed to be Fox Sports, was imminent. Fox wants the Padres and has the money to greatly increase what the team was receiving from Cox Cable for the past 15-years.

The deal is surely complex, and must pass through increased scrutiny from Major League Baseball for approval, so we wait to find out where Padres games will be shown on TV in 2012, and also who will be announcing those games (although it has been previously reported by the Union-Tribune that Padres CEO Jeff Moorad expects the same announcing team to return for this season). New uncertainties surrounding the approval of the sale of the Padres to a group led by Moorad only serves to make a new TV right agreement more difficult to finalize.

For radio broadcasts of Padre games, the team returns to XX 1090 AM Sports Radio for a ninth consecutive season. Announcers Jerry Coleman, Ted Leitner, and Andy Masur return as well, and will be joined by former Major League pitcher and Cox Channel 4 commentator Bob Scanlan.

Pass The Remote

-The divisional round playoff game featuring the New England Patriots versus the Denver Broncos may go down in history as one of the least competitive playoff games of all time. Regardless, based on the hype leading up to last Saturday night’s matchup featuring the popular Tim Tebow, TV ratings for the game set a record for a Saturday night divisional round playoff game. Considering that the game was a blowout well before the first half ended, ratings for the game were still high on an evening normally short on audience members, but the build up surrounding the game was not enough to save it from coming in 4th overall when compared to the rest of the divisional round games from last weekend.

-The Green Bay Packers-New York Giants divisional round game on Sunday afternoon actually set the record for most-watched divisional round game in NFL history, with an audience estimated at more than 45 million viewers.

-Make note that Sunday’s championship round playoff games have a slightly different TV schedule than fans are used to. The first game of the day features the Patriots at home versus the Baltimore Ravens with kickoff at 12 PM local time on CBS. Jim Nantz and Phil Simms have the call. The second game has the Giants traveling to San Francisco to face off against the 49ers, kickoff at 3:30 PM with Joe Buck and Troy Aikman calling the game on Fox.

-Local radio host turned syndicated powerhouse Jim Rome is leaving his ESPN TV gig behind to join the CBS Sports Network. Reportedly, Rome will host his own show while also contributing to coverage of many different sports across multiple platforms. Jim Rome Is Burning, seen on ESPN2, will air its final episode January 27. His new show, Rome, is scheduled to debut on April 3 on the CBS Sports Network.

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January 21, 2012

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