It’s been a busy summer for Michael Kay’s agents, helping the broadcaster ink two new contracts. Andrew Marchand of The New York Post is reporting Kay signed a guaranteed deal to remain at ESPN New York for five more years. In June, the TV voice of the Yankees signed a three-year contract (which can be extended to five) to remain with YES, reportedly making him the highest paid local play-by-play announcer in baseball.
According to Marchand, sources told The Post, Kay’s radio and TV deals combined earn the broadcaster more than $2 million annually. Kay’s five-year contract with ESPN means The Michael Kay Show will go head-to-head with WFAN’s Mike Francesa for at least two-years (the length of Francesa’s current WFAN contract). The Michael Kay Show has yet to top Francesa in the ratings battle, but did win the winter book while the WFAN host was enjoying his short-lived retirement.
Although TMKS fell behind Francesa since making his triumphant return to the airwaves, ESPN New York’s afternoon show still has reason to be optimistic after a strong ratings performance during the spring book. The Michael Kay Show had a 5.4 share in the spring, falling short of WFAN’s 6.0 from 3-6:30pm, which was filled by CMB for one month and Francesa for the remainder of the book. TMKS averaged a 4.9 share for the spring quarter in 2017.
Michael Kay’s co-hosts are both signed on to stay with him and compete with Francesa for the long-term. Don La Greca recently inked a five-year deal himself and according to Marchand, Peter Rosenberg has “a couple more years” left on his ESPN contract.
TMKS launched in 2002 meaning if Kay and La Greca both fulfill their contracts, the tandem will eclipse the 20 year mark of co-hosting afternoon drive on ESPN New York which will surpass the 19-year run of the Mike and the Mad Dog duo on WFAN.