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Deconstructing Angelos: You Be The Reporter

Ok, gang, you be the reporter: Check out this press release from MASN, the TV sports network that Baltimore Orioles owner Peter Angelos created to broadcast the games of the O's and the Washington Nationals. First reader to tell me what's missing from this release wins a prize from the Vast Vault of Values.

Hint: MASN has been widely criticized for slanting its marketing and coverage toward Angelos' Orioles. Some fans were miffed early on over the fact that MASN used Orioles orange and black over Nats' red and blue in its marketing logos and other PR materials. Then, when the Baltimore team came to play at RFK last month, MASN's Nationals broadcast of the games featured an on-screen scoreboard in which the Angelos team was dubbed "O's" while the Nats were the "Nats."

What's the problem there? Well, the MASN channel serving the Baltimore audience referred to the teams like so: "O's" and "WSH," using the standard abbreviation to designate the opposing team. Some Nats bloggers found this insulting, patronizing or an attempt to market the Angelos team as the hometown squad and the Nationals as alien invaders.

Given that context, what's missing here?

FRIDAY, June 1, 2007 Todd Webster

MASN Adds Former All-Star Don Baylor to Talent Team

Baseball Great Don Baylor to help co-host Nats Xtra

(WASHINGTON, D.C.) --- Adding to its All-Star broadcasting lineup, the Mid-Atlantic Sports Network announced that Don Baylor has joined Johnny Holliday and Ray Knight in providing pre and post-game coverage of the Washington Nationals during MASN's exclusive Nats Xtra program. Baylor will co-host Nats Xtra with "Voice of the Terps," Johnny Holliday when everyday co-host Ray Knight fills in to provide in-game analysis with Bob Carpenter.

"As a former outfielder, designated hitter, hitting coach, and manager, Don Baylor knows every aspect of the game and provides excellent analysis to Nationals fans," said MASN spokesman Todd Webster.

Nats Xtra is the exclusive half-hour pre-game and post-game show featuring highlights, clips and analysis of the latest Nationals game. Launched at the start of the 2007 baseball season, the program provides greater fan access to the Nationals and their players.

Throughout his impressive 19 year playing career, All-Star Baylor reached the post-season seven times. He played in three consecutive World Series with three different teams (Red Sox, 1986; Twins, 1987; Athletics, 1988), helping the Twins secure the championship in 1987. A power slugger and successful base-stealer, Baylor also holds a career record for getting hit by pitches (267 times).

In 1993, Baylor became the manager of the Colorado Rockies, leading the team into the postseason as a wildcard in 1995 and earning the title of National League Manager of the Year. Recently, he has coached with the Atlanta Braves, the Chicago Cubs, the New York Mets, and the Seattle Mariners.

A survivor of multiple myeloma, Baylor is actively involved in promoting cancer research, public awareness of the disease, and preventative care.

MASN is the only team-owned regional sports network in the mid-Atlantic area, serving sports fans from Harrisburg, Pennsylvania to Charlotte, North Carolina. As the official network of the Washington Nationals and Baltimore Orioles, MASN televises more Major League Baseball games (323) than any other network in the country.

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By Marc Fisher |  June 12, 2007; 7:24 AM ET
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Don Baylor played for O's and wasnt he later working for the O's as a coach or something. This is why we need to sumamryily execute all lawyers. Between ambulance chasing scum like Angleos and the admin judge suing the dry cleaners enough evidence is finally in hand to start putting slugs behind the ears of anyone with llb or jd dgree.

Posted by: vaherder | June 12, 2007 7:49 AM

I look forward to hearing sports commentary from a man who holds the career record for getting hit by pitches (267 times).

Posted by: Mike Licht | June 12, 2007 8:25 AM

"MASN is the only team-owned regional sports network in the mid-Atlantic area, serving sports fans from Harrisburg, Pennsylvania to Charlotte, North Carolina."

Of course, why mention what "team" owns the regional sports network. To the uninformed, you'd think the Nationals own MASN.

Posted by: Matt | June 12, 2007 8:38 AM

Okay, my guess is that the press release neglected to mention that Baylor is a former Oriole.

Posted by: Erin | June 12, 2007 9:23 AM

These may be reaching:

(1) Two former baseball players (Don Baylor and Ray Knight) and both played for the O's.

(2) Byron Kerr is missing from the press release and he is listed on the MASN web page:

"Byron Kerr joins MASN as a fill-in anchor for Nats Xtra and is the Host of the Nationals Insider and several post game shows on Washington Post Radio."

Posted by: SoMD | June 12, 2007 9:25 AM

Don Baylor's career:

Baltimore Orioles (1970-1975)
Oakland Athletics (1976)
California Angels (1977-1982)
New York Yankees (1983-1985)
Boston Red Sox (1986-1987)
Minnesota Twins (1987)
Oakland Athletics (1988)

God, I hate Angelos.

Posted by: dirrtysw | June 12, 2007 9:26 AM

They forgot to mention that Peter Angelos slithered to the podium and folded back his fangs to deliver the announcement.

Posted by: gitarre | June 12, 2007 9:47 AM

I was going to say the missing fact was that Baylor began his career as an Oriole, but now I agree with gitarre.

Posted by: Lindemann | June 12, 2007 9:55 AM

I think we have a quorum here. The release failed to mention Baylor's tenure with the Orioles. No question that he is a knowledgable baseball guy, however.

And as an Orioles fan since 1954, I envy the ownership the DC fans have. You guys will win a division title before we do--at least as long as Angelos and his sons are making baseball decisions.

Posted by: Jack | June 12, 2007 10:23 AM

Whatever, I'm a born and raised O's fan from Baltimore and I'm still waiting for the Angelos to put Baltimore back on the away jerseys (for the record he was NOT the one who removed them). I'm also still waiting for Washingtonians and the Cooke estate to apologize for actively keeping the NFL out of Baltimore. I assume you all are working on that apology right?

Posted by: PK | June 12, 2007 10:31 AM

I don't get it. Why is it a big deal that they didn't mention that Baylor played for the Orioles? He also played for the Yankees and that wasn't mentioned. Is it that a former Oriole shouldn't be hired for Nationals' telecasts? Baylor has spent the last 10 years or so as a National League manager, so I'm sure is knowledgeable about the Nats and their opponents.
So I'm baffled about what the imagined slight is on this one.

Posted by: Bowie, MD | June 12, 2007 10:43 AM

Re: NFL in Baltimore. That's a fiction. There are no football fans in Baltimore.

Posted by: Shawn | June 12, 2007 10:49 AM

Anyone who goes to a nats game, look at the TV truck along the first base side. Its got a huge orioles logo on it. We can't get our own logo on OUR TV truck. You have to be kidding me. If only congress gets ride of the anti-trust exemption for baseball or someone sues MLB over it, then Angelos would have to sell the TV rights. Heck maybe even Comcast would broadcast games in HD.

Posted by: Jon | June 12, 2007 10:55 AM

I believe the missing piece is the fact that he not only played for the orioles but that he was drafted by them.

Posted by: Ron | June 12, 2007 11:10 AM

I think Matt's correct -- it says MASN is "team-owned," but doesn't mention that the Orioles are the principal owner. But it's also interesting that they don't mention Baylor was an Oriole (as was Knight).

Regarding the truck at RFK -- I haven't verified it myself, but supposedly the other side of it has the Nats logo.

Posted by: Cosmo | June 12, 2007 11:21 AM

"I'm also still waiting for Washingtonians and the Cooke estate to apologize for actively keeping the NFL out of Baltimore. I assume you all are working on that apology right?"

Thank you, PK.

Perhaps Washingtonian Paul Tagliabue can present the apology as penance for his years of blocking the return of football to Baltimore, coupled with his perpetual insults. Or maybe Raw Fisher himself? Imagine your slights all you want. Of course, we hate Angelos too, and I'm glad you got your own team, but don't expect any sympathy from Baltimore for these trivialities.

Posted by: EXACTLY | June 12, 2007 11:22 AM

I'm watching a DC baseball team on TV - what's the big flippin deal as to who/how it's broadcast?

Posted by: jhorstma | June 12, 2007 11:37 AM

I really wish that angelos had hired a former-expo to do commentary for us. preferably one with a canadian accent.

Posted by: Anonymous | June 12, 2007 12:09 PM

i've been living in the maryland part of the d.c. area my whole life and as far as i can tell the orioles still are the home team even closer to d.c. than baltimore. i can understand why baltimore went for the ravens (i remain a skins fan), after all the colts had only been gone a little more than a decade but the senators had been gone for over 30 years by the time the nationals showed up. i hate angelos as much as any fan of the orioles but the reality is the o's are the home team and the nats and the national league will remain second tier and i don't care if masn treats them as such.

Posted by: some idiot | June 12, 2007 12:09 PM

What do you think MASN stands for? "Mr. Angelos's Sports Network."

Posted by: leetee | June 12, 2007 12:47 PM

Regarding Baltimore football - I'm still waiting for Baltimore to apologize to Cleveland for the theft of the Browns.

Posted by: breth | June 12, 2007 12:49 PM

The "Team Owned" portion of the release is correct. Under the agreement between MLB and the Orioles, MASN was originally owned almost entirely by the Orioles, with the Nat's share of the network increasing year over year. I can't remember the exact year when the Nat's reach 50/50 ownership, but that day comes at some point.

The Nat's crazy's who worry at all times that they are second tier, well, start drawing more fans to the telecasts and the games. Bunch of whiners.

Posted by: Chris | June 12, 2007 12:51 PM

Amazing how many errors can creep into one of these threads.

1. It wasn't Tagliabue who blocked the return of football to B'more, it was Rozelle, who saw a market that hadn't sold out for years, despite a playoff caliber team with a glamor QB.

2. JKC only marginally opposed a team in B'more and then only when he had been told no by both DC & NoVA, in his search for a site for a new stadium. For a while he flirted with a site closer to Howard County that could service two markets (I assume that he envisioned a facility that sat 150K.
Since the 'Skins had sold out since the mid-sixties and had decades long ticket lines, what did he care about the B'more market.

3. The so-called 2nd tier National League is purely cyclical. Always has been. Always will be.

4. Angelos really blew it when he didn't make part of the "concessions" to the Nats a move to the N.L. East, sticking the Nats with the A.L. East. The A.L. east has the Yanks and Saux. That rivalry is so intense and the teams so rich that between the Os, Jays (won't even talk about the Rays) they can manage to break through about once a decade for post season play. The N.L. east is not the same

Posted by: Catcher50 | June 12, 2007 1:06 PM


We want to know. Anybody get it right yet? If so, please announce the winner of the prize from the Vast Vault of Values.

Posted by: InquiringMinds | June 12, 2007 1:06 PM

MASN is not currently setup to be 50/50 owned. The Nats currently own 10 percent which will climb to a max of 33 percent over 23 years. To paraphrase commentary in The Times: utter the word "Nationals" in Baltimore and watch Angelos' greedy little pimp's eyes light up with dollar signs.

Posted by: no 50/50 | June 12, 2007 1:07 PM

Sorry Breth, the analogy doesn't hold weight. The Browns left Cleveland with a deal guaranteeing them a new team. If Cooke and Tagliabue had not conspired to block Baltimore for so many years, Baltimore would not have had to resort to accepting Cleveland's former team. Nobody conspired to keep football out of Cleveland. Also, Baltimore never blamed Indianapolis for taking the Colts. We blamed Irsay for taking them away, and we blamed Washington (Cooke and Tagliabue, et al) for blocking what we considered our right to a NFL team.

Posted by: EXACTLY | June 12, 2007 1:08 PM

Here, here, PK!

Posted by: Jerry | June 12, 2007 1:09 PM

Maybe the fact that "Nats Xtra" is not worth my time. The analysis is awful, the commentators are boring, and the picture makes the show look like it is being shot with 70's era cameras.

Posted by: BT | June 12, 2007 1:36 PM

Nats fans need to shut up. You all sweat this way too much. Here is a hint...Oriole fans don't care about you so stop worrying about them. You are not victims. You haven't been done wrong.

It is what it is. Can't change it...get over it. Both of our teams are awful.

Posted by: Anonymous | June 12, 2007 1:38 PM

Nobody in Washington cares about the Orioles. In fact, nobody in Washington cares about Baltimore. If they were even a somewhat decent team, maybe, but they are not. The issue here is with Angelos.

Posted by: BT | June 12, 2007 1:44 PM

Will MLB prevent Angelos from marketing O's ticket prices versus Nats in new stadium? Or will O's organization just be too dumb to use it?

Posted by: Ed Delahanty | June 12, 2007 1:52 PM

Here is some food for thought Angelo$ apologists:

He got a subsidy because he didn't believe Baltimore was good enough to support the team. He doesn't even acknowledge that the team Orioles are from Baltimore.

DC fans didn't get to see our team on TV for almost two full seasons because Angelo$ is a vindictive coward. He ruined your franchise and he tried to ruin ours.

Posted by: WFY | June 12, 2007 2:04 PM

Ok, I hate Angelos as much as the next guy, but...nitpicking because they didn't mention Baylor's stint with the Orioles? C'mon, guys. Angelos is a businessman. Why would he try to sabotage his own television network? I think this is another attempt by the Washington Post to try and create an otherwise non-existant rivalry between the Orioles and the Nationals. I think this article is especially hilarious given the Post Express's lame attempt a few weeks ago to intentionally play down the O's and their fans.

Posted by: Damon | June 12, 2007 2:15 PM

I thought Biggio broke Baylor's HBP record, didn't he? But I don't think that is Mr. Fisher's point.

Posted by: JTB | June 12, 2007 2:27 PM

Here's my submission:

As with so many other topics, Mr. Fisher has a vague notion that something he's encountered isn't quite right and he's hoping that someone will explain it to him. My suggestion to the Post: if your "reporter" is asking Post readers to do the "reporter's" job, it's time to hire a new one.

Posted by: 9464 | June 12, 2007 2:57 PM

PK may not be old enough to remember that one Edward Bennet Williams, foremer minority owner of teh Redskins, once owned the Orioles. Williams considered moving the team to Washignton, but realized that the Orioles had their fan base in Baltimore, and belonged there. In contrast, Angelos actively worked to prevent Washington from regaining a MLB franchise, and insisted on his pound of flesh when MLB overruled him. Baltimore waited ten years for an NFL team. Washingto waited more than 30. Tell you what, PK, we'll send over Tagliabue to say he's sorry after Angelos walks on his knees from his law offices to RFK in penance for his sins.

Posted by: Mister Methane | June 12, 2007 3:07 PM

a phone number or other contact info for Todd Webster, unless Marc edited it out as a courtesy.

Posted by: Missing item | June 12, 2007 3:30 PM

Point is that if the Nats owned their own TV rights, we would be watching all home games on HiDef on Comcast Sportsnet, and not that horrible prudction not worthy of the 21st century called MASN.

Where else do you find in any professional sports league one team's owner owning another teams TV rights. NO WHERE!

Nats should be free to do what the heck they want, when they want, and how they want withhout any regard to the one whose name I will never mention.

There are plenty of TV markets where two teams compete in. Fact is, for you Baltimore apologists, he indicated numerous times, including his Congressional testimony that Baltimore would never be able to compete again because of its small market status.

Too bad bucko, KC, TB, Pittsburgh, and many other teams in similar straights have to make due without stealingby threat of lawsuit the assets of other teams.

Fact is, within 5 years or so, the Nats will be the predominate team in the mid-Atlantic area, Angelos will be dead or in a home, there will be new owners in Baltimore, and believe me, when the new owners come in the Lerners, if smart and the Nats are successful on the field, and drawing ratings on TV, they will call the shots and the agreement will be renegotiated. The Nats will be calling the shots.

Posted by: kthhken | June 12, 2007 4:48 PM

Angelos is a jerk, but Lerner's not? Both of these guys have one objective which is to maximize their business interests to the hilt. Is that so surprising? Snyder does the same, in addition to offering a mediocre product at top dollar prices, his organization reportedly regularly reneges on what is owed to suppliers.

At this point, there are no notable Nats vets to fill the Baylor role. So what should Angelos do, call Frank Howard or Paul Casanova? It is funny, though, that his company left Baylor's Oriole history out of the release.

Its time for the local media to stop the parochial approach and start covering all of the local pro teams as the regional interests they are. Its fine for the Post to lead with stories about the Skins or Nats, but it should not fail to give quality coverage to the other local teams - - the Orioles or the Ravens. Let's face it, the region is blessed with two bad baseball teams, one good football team and another mediocre one, only one pro basketball team that may lose its quasi-superstar after next season, and a hocky team with a bunch of gifted offensive players that may turn the corner next season. Given these circumstances perhaps it is not altogether surprising that some fans hyper focus on such meaningless details as what team logo is on the TV truck outside of RFK.

Posted by: Hopper Daddy | June 12, 2007 5:37 PM

The newspaper is called the Washington Post. It should predominantly cover the Washington Nationals and Washington Redskins. I hear there is a newspaper called the Baltimore Sun that is well-suited to providing coverage of the Baltimore Orioles and Baltimore Ravens. Sounds like a good division of labor to me.

Posted by: Lindemann | June 12, 2007 6:24 PM

What DC needs is for the WP to have real Sports section like other cities. Columunists who dont spout off about American Idol and who live in Dc and not NY. Also need beat writers who spout the team PR talking points but who crotcize and challenge the teams. You listening Jason et al. Only really decent columinst they have is Boswell. Wilbon has become a token and a shadow of his former self. He sold out for the cash.

Posted by: vaherder | June 12, 2007 7:12 PM

To TK credit, you know what your getting. This is a man who has never claimed to be a sports expert, he's has only claimed to be a jerk. He has all but redefined sports journalism, for better or worse (check out how many shows copy at PTI like format). Boswell is nationally respected and Barry is pretty good as well.

Posted by: Jon Arlington VA | June 12, 2007 8:13 PM

What's missing? Marc missed his juice box before he wrote this column. You people put too much into these puzzles.

Posted by: SIMPLIFY, MAN! | June 12, 2007 8:45 PM

Sorry for the delayed response, folks--I've been at the $65 million suit pants trial all day. Yes, you got it and got it quickly--it was the decision to list a slew of the teams Baylor played for, but conveniently leave out his strong association with the Orioles. Vaherder wins the prize and if he'll send me his particulars by email, I'll get something out to him from the Vast Vault of Values. Thanks all for playing.

Posted by: Fisher | June 12, 2007 10:15 PM

Your email address is?

Posted by: vaherder | June 13, 2007 10:48 AM

Marc, I suggest you send vaherder a dictionary.

Posted by: Webster | June 13, 2007 12:58 PM

Nobody mentioned that Baylor is African-American and it's good for the Nats to have a black face on their broadcast team. Isn't this more important than any other reason listed??

Posted by: FrayFelipe | June 13, 2007 2:33 PM

Perhaps Marc should give vaherder an amoeba to keep his single brain cell company.

Posted by: My 2 cents | June 13, 2007 3:49 PM

I think team ownership issue is far more important than Baylor's association with the Orioles. Nowhere in professional sports does a team have it's television rights owned by a rival team! Now if we can just get Congress to examine that anti-trust exemption....

Posted by: looj | June 13, 2007 4:13 PM

Excuse me moron I have two brain cells. I am digital. Nothing better than a mason jar of good ole VA moonshine from Bath County after a tough day of working sheep and then showing my 2 cent's wife how a real man performs in the sack. A man needs a good drink after spending several hours with an overeducated but beautiful woman with a MBA. Maybe you should change your name to Two Seconds and Done, bubba. a tleast that's what your wife calls you. Even bought her several rolls of toilet paper since my 2 cents is following Sheryl Crow's lead and only using one sheet of toilet paper. Now you come by boy you hear!

Posted by: vaherder | June 13, 2007 8:11 PM

Back to Baseball.
Not only did Don Baylor play for the Orioles in 1970. They won the World Series that year. I am happy we live in an area that our family can watch our favorite (but different) baseball and football teams. We can even go to various minor league baseball games in VA and MD. How did Los Angelos,CA end up without a football team? I just don't get it.

Posted by: Rpm | June 13, 2007 9:44 PM

What's missing isn't more info about Baylor. "Matt" got it right: "the only team-owned regional sports network . . . " Umm, and which team would that be, Peter? Not the one highlighted in the press release, but it's competitor. Now that's a little circumstance that's probably without precedence in pro sports history.

Posted by: MrLime | June 14, 2007 1:55 PM

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