Most importantly, so does KTVU. And why wouldn't they?
The veteran sports anchor, (he's been at the Fox affiliate for almost 32 years), just re-upped for another three years, (April, 2015), making him one of the longest-tenured sports anchors in the Bay Area.
Ibanez told me by phone that "this was the easiest deal I have ever negotiated. 'Tom, (station GM, Tom Raponi) was cool. He made me feel 'wanted--I'm very, very happy."
I asked Ibanez about the money, but he politely declined to discuss the deal, although an industry exec told me it's about $350,000 per year. Not bad for a local guy who's been dishing out the sporting life, and now, has begun occasional news anchoring. He'll also continue to host the post-game 49ers highlights show if its a Fox telecast.
One thing I like about Ibanez is his writing. In a little over two minutes, it's pretty hard to whip out intelligent, enlightening and funny sports prose, but Ibanez has the nails. Indeed, I've often kidded him that he sometimes makes it look too easy.
We here at 415 Media like good writing. We also like the dapper suits that adorns his Markness. With his deal now set, we're hoping the Armani account will be maintained. (The password is: trade-out).
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