Michael Kay will have plenty of chances to finally beat Mike Francesa in the ratings.
Kay has inked a new, five-year guaranteed deal with 98.7 ESPN New York, sources told The Post. One of his partners on the “Michael Kay Show,” Don La Greca, also has signed up for five more years. The third member of the trio, Peter Rosenberg, has a couple more years left on his current agreement with the station.
Kay, 57, has been busy securing his work future this summer. The Post reported last month that he and YES had agreed to keep him as the highest-paid local play-by-play announcer in baseball with a three-year deal that can be extended to five by YES. Between the two contracts, Kay is making well more than $2 million per year, sources said.
The hosts on the “Kay Show” get to double dip because of the radio show’s simulcast on YES. YES pays a fee to ESPN for the show, then a portion is paid out in the hosts’ contracts.
The 50-year-old La Greca, who was an original voice when ESPN Radio began on 1050 AM, will continue to be the No. 2 Rangers radio play-by-player behind Kenny Albert.
The “Kay Show” has yet to climb Mount Francesa in the ratings, though it did well upon Francesa’s return from his brief retirement. Francesa came in No. 1 overall during both months of his comeback, but Kay’s show was in striking distance.
Of all the ESPN Radio shows, Kay’s program was closest to its WFAN competitor. For the three-month spring afternoon ratings book, Kay finished in fourth, while FAN was third in the market. If Francesa had been on his show for the full book, he might have finished first overall.
Upon his return to FAN in May, Francesa, 64, signed a contract for two-plus years.
Besides the satisfaction of winning the ratings, the hosts also receive financial bonuses if they finish anywhere from first to sixth in the market during the fall, winter and spring ratings books.
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