OK, we all know by now that Howard Stern's contract with Infinity is up in December 2005. But what would stop him from kicking off his $500 million deal with Sirius Satellite Radio sooner than the previously announced January 2006 start date if the satellite broadcaster bought out Stern's contract?
Well, nothing, if you read into the statements of Sirius CEO Joe Clayton when questioned today by analysts during his reporting of his company's third-quarter results.
Clayton offered that there are three possible options: "Infinity could chase him off the air, which is highly unlikely, and, two, they could just let [the contract/Stern's show] go on as is,” with the third option being a buy out “if it’s to the benefit of Howard Stern, Infinity and Sirius that something could be worked out earlier, that is indeed a possibility as well. There are a lot different moving parts and it’s too early to comment on any of the above.”