Ravens-Texans Had Highest Local Ratings Of Season

Posted on January 20, 2012

By Dave Hughes
DCRTV.com

The Ravens' Jan. 15 playoff victory against the Texans attracted 850,000 viewers in the Baltimore market via Channel 13/WJZ, which was the largest local audience of the season.

That's about 3,000 more viewers than the audience that saw the Ravens and Steelers during a regular-season game on Nov. 6 in prime time on Channel 11/WBAL, the Baltimore Sun reported.

WJZ's Sunday local postgame show held on to 383,000 area viewers.

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Comcast SportsNet will present "SportsNet Central: Ravens' Road To The Championship" at 7 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 21.

The hour-long special will feature Chris Miller, Brad Jackson and Antonio Freeman, with reporting from Brent Harris, Kelli Johnson, Rob Carlin and John Eisenberg. Also, CSN will run "Ravens Postgame Live" on Sunday, following the Ravens' 3 p.m. AFC championship game at New England.

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Steve Kolbe, who spent 14 seasons as the radio play-by-play voice of the Washington Capitals, joins the Jacksonville Suns as its radio play-by-play announcer. The Suns are the AA affiliate of the Miami Marlins.

"I'm excited to join the Jacksonville Suns, a great organization with a tremendous fan base, a rich history and a beautiful ballpark," said Kolbe, who the Capitals replaced in August with John Walton.

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Adam Kilgore at the Washington Post said that the Washington Nationals were renegotiating their TV deal with the Baltimore-based Mid-Atlantic Sports Network.

And, the results could fundamentally change the scope of how the Nationals do business and spend to acquire players.

The team could hope to double or triple the $29 million it received from MASN in 2011.

This winter brought the first "reset period" in the Nationals' contract with MASN, a window for the Nationals to renegotiate the rights fees they receive from MASN, according to Kilgore.

To maximize their take, the Nationals hired a high-powered media consultant to argue for what constitutes fair-market value fees. If the Nationals and MASN cannot reach an agreement, the negotiation will be decided in an arbitration hearing, Kilgore said.

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ABC will launch a new reality show March 24. "Ball Boys," which will air Saturday afternoons, is set at the Robbie's 1st Base shop in Baltimore County.

The show is said to be a "Pawn Stars" of sports memorabilia.

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Former Maryland Terrapin basketball coach Gary Williams is joining ESPN 980, WTEM, as its official college hoops insider. He'll be heard on "The Sports Fix" and "The Sports Reporters."

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CBS's Washington, D.C., sports talker, 106.7 The Fan, WJFK, will provide sports news to CBS's new all-newser, WNEW, 99.1, which launches on Jan. 23.

Former WTOPer Frank Hanrahan will do morning sports news reports for both WJFK and WNEW.

Posted Jan. 20, 2012

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