- The Washington Times - Thursday, January 29, 2004

The Washington Redskins are moving their preseason games across the television dial.

Darryll Green, president and general manager of WUSA-TV (Channel 9), confirmed yesterday that the CBS affiliate will broadcast the team’s four preseason games this summer. “We have a handshake deal,” Green said.

A formal announcement will be made Tuesday, the WUSA chief said, declining to provide further details. “We’re doing this as a partnership with the Redskins, so we’ll announce it together,” he said.

The announcing lineup for the preseason games has not been determined. WUSA’s chief sportscaster, Frank Herzog, has called Redskins games on the radio with Sam Huff and Sonny Jurgensen, a WRC-TV (Channel 4) regular, since 1981.

Wooing the Redskins away from NBC affiliate WRC, which has aired the preseason games in recent years, is considered a coup for WUSA, which has struggled in recent years to improve its sports coverage.

WRC was unable to air the games this year because two of them will conflict with NBC’s coverage of the Summer Olympics, according to Michael Jack, the station’s president and general manager.

WRC is expected to air a weekly show featuring Redskins coach Joe Gibbs, although that deal has not been made final, Jack said.

“We’ve had a successful relationship with the Redskins for many years, and we look forward to continuing it,” he said.

Redskins spokesman Karl Swanson was in Houston for Super Bowl XXXVIII and could not be reached for comment.

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