Wednesday, November 12, 2008
It's Simply Not Right
Today MASN displayed the exact reason why so many Fans of Our Washington Nationals are upset with their coverage. Why is it that The Mid-Atlantic Sports Network can promote and show LIVE on their network--The Baltimore Orioles Unveiling of their New 2009 Uniforms at The Gallery at Harborplace in Baltimore, Maryland at 12 Noon? In fact, MASN even had a PREVIEW SHOW on their network.
Yet, when Our Washington Nationals unveiled their 2009 New Uniforms last week at The ESPN Zone in downtown Washington, DC--barely a whisper out of The Angelos Network? That's just silly and just goes to show once again--MASN needs to have Two Distinct Networks. MASN Baltimore & MASN Washington with their own separate schedules and programs and producers independent of each other making the call. This is the only way this shotgun wedding forced on DC Baseball can ever be tolerable.
It's well known that Major League Baseball set this in motion, only wishing to appease The Baltimore Owner. But it continually baffles me that, in the interest of making a profit--why would MASN NOT give Our Washington Nationals equal coverage on their network and promote DC Baseball as much as The Orioles? Really it does not make sense. Television is a business--why would you not try to bring in the largest possible audience of your reach? You would think MASN's advertisers would appreciate that effort?
Today's Unveiling of The Baltimore Orioles 2009 Uniforms reminded me, once again, of this awful disparity. Just like when Ronnie Belliard slammed out that Wonderful Two Out, Two Strike Home Run off Baltimore's George Sherrill on June 29th--arguably the most thrilling moment of the year at New Nationals Park. Yet, as Sohna and I were leaving South Capitol Street, all the monitors in the ballpark are showing The Orioles Post Game Show with their announcers decrying the loss by Baltimore. Last time I checked, Our Washington Nationals WERE THE HOME TEAM THAT DAY.
It's Simply Just Not Right.