White Sox radio rights up for grabs

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Three Chicago stations are believed to be in the running to acquire radio rights for White Sox baseball, starting in 2016.

Sources said White Sox chairman Jerry Reinsdorf has met with bosses of all three 50,000-watt AM stations as he nears a decision on a new multiyear broadcast deal for the team.

CBS Radio sports/talk WSCR AM 670, radio home of the White Sox since 2006, is making a strong bid for renewal, while Tribune Media news/talk WGN AM 720 and Cumulus Media news/talk WLS AM 890 also are said to be vying for the rights.

WGN last year severed its historic association with the Cubs after 90 seasons. CBS Radio signed the team to a seven-year deal now in effect on Newsradio WBBM AM 780. If The Score loses the White Sox, CBS could move the Cubs to The Score next year, according to terms of the agreement.

Former White Sox pitcher Ed Farmer and former White Sox outfielder Darrin Jackson are in their seventh season together in the broadcast booth for The Score.