Miami Hurricanes games could be in conflict with the Florida Panthers and Miami Heat with the announcement on Thursday that 790 The Ticket is converting to a Spanish format. The Panthers had always been broadcast on 560 WQAM, but the Heat is moving from 790 with the shutdown of the station.
Heat games could conflict with Miami football games at Virginia on October 29 and Georgia Tech on November 12. Multiple Miami basketball games are also likely to be affected. The Dolphins games on WQAM rarely ever conflict with Miami Hurricanes’ live sporting events. There are multiple options for potential conflicts.
Audacy who owns WQAM and the former Ticket is looking for alternative broadcast outlets for Panthers Miami basketball games according to Barry Jackson of the Miami Herald. Jackson did not mention what would happen if there is a conflict between the Heat and the Miami football games versus Virginia and Georgia Tech.
Jackson stated the possibility is that Audacy could move the games to one of its four South Florida FM stations or buy time on another AM station. The announcement of the Heat moving to WQAM was made over the summer. WQAM has been an all-sports station since the early 1990s. The Ticket was all sports since 2004.
The Miami football team is off until October 8 when it hosts North Carolina. The pre-game will begin at noon on WQAM with the kickoff at 4 PM. The Miami basketball team has frequently been preempted by the Panthers. Without The Ticket, WQAM has just over a month to find alternative broadcast outlets for Miami basketball.
The Miami basketball team will begin the season with an exhibition game against NCAA Division II Indiana University of Pennsylvania on Sunday, October 30 at the Watsco Center. The Dolphins have a 1 PM kickoff versus the Detroit Lions on the same day. Miami begins the regular season versus Lafayette at 7:30 on November 7.
The Miami Hurricanes basketball team has three more Sunday games through the end of December. The Dolphins and Hurricanes have both been on WQAM for many years. Times and networks for the Miami basketball schedule were announced earlier this week. The first four games of the season are on ACC Network Extra.