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Las Vegas radio group reverses decision to avoid Golden Knights coverage

CBS Radio Las Vegas says an email telling employees not to cover the NHL expansion team was “an error in judgment.”

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Stations operated by CBS Radio Las Vegas will be able to cover the Vegas Golden Knights’ debut season in the NHL after the radio group says it “missed the mark” with an email sent out to employees telling them not to discuss the city’s only major professional sports team on air or social media.

SB Nation received a statement from CBS Radio Las Vegas senior vice president and market manager Tony Perlongo on the matter in which he apologized to the team and its fans for “an error in judgement.”

Here’s the full statement:

“With six radio stations in Las Vegas we have always prided ourselves on informing, educating and entertaining listeners and supporting the local communities we serve. However, we missed the mark in an internal email that instructed our stations to no longer report on certain aspects of the Golden Knights, the city’s first and only major league sports team.

This was an error in judgement on our part and we deeply regret it. We will of course cover the team, first and foremost on Sports Radio 1140 and on our music and news/talk stations as it makes sense for those formats and audiences. We apologize to the Golden Knights, their fans and our listeners and look forward to rooting the team on when the puck drops in a few weeks.”

The change comes after a report came out Wednesday that CBS Radio Las Vegas planned to avoid covering the Golden Knights in their first NHL Season. In that report, Perlongo had told KLAS-TV’s Ron Futrell, “We have a lot of other things to cover; the Knights don’t work into our coverage.”

The TV and radio broadcasting rights for the Golden Knights’ games went to AT&T Sportsnet and Lotus Communications for the 2017-18 season, but it was still unusual to see a prominent radio group tell its staff not to cover the only major professional sports team currently in its market.

With this decision, fans in Vegas should have another place to go find discussion on the Golden Knights, primarily with KXST (CBS Sports Radio AM 1140). Their first-ever game will be on Oct. 6 against the Stars. The home opener at T-Mobile Arena is set for Oct. 10 against the Coyotes.