CSN To Hire New Ravens Writer

Posted on February 26, 2013

By Dave Hughes, DCRTV.com

Comcast SportsNet is looking for a new beat reporter to cover the world champion Baltimore Ravens.

According to a job-wanted ad posted on several media Web sites: Comcast SportsNet Mid-Atlantic seeks a digital media journalist to dominate team coverage with superior writing skills, excellent on-camera delivery, and tireless work ethic. Minimum of five years experience as a beat reporter, extensive NFL contacts, bachelor's degree. Send resumes to LCotton@comcastsportsnet.com.

The new hire will replace J. Michael Falgoust as Ravens Insider, who is taking up the Washington Wizards insider gig at the Bethesda-based sports network.

Falgoust joined CSN last year, having previously covered the NBA for USA Today.

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Kristina Akra, the Washington Nationals' sideline reporter, will not be returning to the Baltimore-based Mid-Atlantic Sports Network for the 2013 season.

She is leaving for another as-yet-unannounced on-air opportunity, according to the Washington Post.

She replaced Debbi Taylor on the MASN broadcast team in 2012, joining Bob Carpenter and F.P. Santangelo.

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Baltimore news talker WBAL, 1090 AM, kicked off its Baltimore Orioles spring training schedule on Feb. 23 when the Birds battled the Minnesota Twins in Sarasota, Fla.

WBAL will be airing 16 Orioles spring training games this season. The schedule can be found at wbal.com/orioles/schedule.

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Ray Lewis, who is retiring from the Baltimore Ravens following their Super Bowl victory, has joined ESPN as a football commentator.

According to Sports Illustrated, the legendary Ravens linebacker will have a significant role next fall as an NFL analyst on the network's "Monday Night Countdown" program and will also appear on "Sunday NFL Countdown" and "SportsCenter."

The formal announcement is expected to come sometime before mid-March because the contract is still not officially signed, and neither ESPN nor Lewis is pressing for an announcement, Sports Illustrated reported.

One of Lewis' main requirements was schedule flexibility so he could attend the games of his son, Ray Lewis III, who will be a freshman running back/defensive back next season at his father's alma mater, the University of Miami.

Lewis is not expected to appear regularly on ESPN's airwaves until the start of next football season, according to Sports Illustrated.

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The Washington Wizards' games on Comcast SportNet are averaging about a 0.9 rating, third from the bottom among the 26 NBA franchises surveyed. The average rating is equal to about 21,200 households in the Washington, D.C., market.

Meanwhile, the Capitals are averaging a 1.79 household rating on Comcast SportsNet through 13 games, up 19 percent compared with last year's final average. That's also 10 percent higher than the team's rating through 13 games last season, according to the Washington Post.

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ESPN 980, WTEM's Kevin Sheehan has been filling in for sports-radio great Johnny Holliday on University of Maryland men's basketball games, also heard in Baltimore on WJZ-FM/AM.

Holliday has been away for a funeral and has been under the weather of late.

"It's a ton of fun, and it's easy to do it when you're calling a team that you'd be watching every night anyway," Sheehan told the Washington Post. "I'm having a blast."

Sheehan filled in for Holliday twice during Maryland's non-conference schedule, when the Terps broadcast icon had conflicts, including the funeral of former football coach Joe Krivak.

Sheehan was asked to fill in for Maryland's trip to Virginia Tech, followed by home meetings with Virginia and Duke, according to the Post.

"I mean, Johnny is a legend," Sheehan told the Post. "He's an institution. I've listened to him since I was a kid, and he's been synonymous with Maryland football and Maryland basketball since the late '70s and early '80s. So yeah, of course it is [daunting], and it's an honor. I don't want to screw it up."

Posted Feb. 26, 2013

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