Former WJZ Sports Anchor Shawn Madden Dies At 45

Posted on August 05, 2014 by Dave Hughes, DCRTV.com

Shawn Madden, a former Channel 13/WJZ sports anchor, died Aug. 1 after he collapsed at a gym he co-owned. He was 45.

According to WJZ's website, Madden co-owned two Golds Gyms, one in Shrewsbury and one in Eldersburg.

Madden's family had a history of heart disease, but the cause of his death is not known, WJZ reported.

A native of Seattle, Wash., and a journalism graduate of Washington State University, Madden was a certified physical trainer.

"He was passionate about fitness and body building and was a professional men's physique competitor," according an obituary at Legacy.com

Madden is survived by his wife, Heather, and two children, Sammi and Jaxon.

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According to multiple reports, in the dispute between the Orioles and the Nationals about rights fees from the Baltimore-based Mid-Atlantic Sports Network, MLB's arbitration panel ruled June 30 in favor of the Nationals

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Radio station owner Clear Channel is moving sports talk from WJDY, 1470 AM, to the former "Comedy 960" WTGM in the Salisbury/Ocean City market.

The new 960 AM will be affiliated with Fox Sports Radio and feature sports from the University of Maryland along with Washington Wizards basketball.

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Ravens preseason games will once again be seen on a Washington, D.C., TV station, Channel 7/WJLA, which was recently purchased by Baltimore-based Sinclair. WJLA's former owner, Allbritton, arranged the deal.

In the Baltimore market, the preseason games, starting with a matchup against the San Francisco 49ers at M&T Bank Stadium Aug. 7, will be shown on Channel 11/WBAL, and heard on its radio sisters, WBAL-AM, 1090, and WIYY, 98 Rock.

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The University of Maryland announced July 28 that Comcast, which owns the naming rights for the school's basketball arena, is changing the name of the Comcast Center to the Xfinity Center. Xfinity is Comcast's brand name. 

The arena changes are being paid for by Comcast and should be completed by August.

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