By Dave Hughes
Through July 5, Baltimore Orioles games on MASN, MASN2 and Channel 13/WJZ were averaging a 6.04 household rating in the Baltimore market, up 33 percent from the same point in 2012.
The stats from Sports Business Journal indicate the Orioles had the third-biggest increase in local TV ratings to that point.
Washington Nationals games on MASN, MASN2 and Channel 9/WUSA were averaging a 2.86 household rating in the Washington, D.C., market, up 28 percent from the same point last season.
The Orioles' bump gave them the sixth-highest local rating in Major League Baseball, while the Nationals ranked 19th.
Interestingly, as Dan Steinberg at the Washington Post pointed out, the two teams' local audiences are close in size.
Orioles broadcasts in the Baltimore market were averaging about 66,000 homes, while Nats games in the larger D.C. market were averaging about 67,000 homes.
Baltimore radio news veteran Brenda Carl, who recently left news talker WCBM, 680 AM, has joined CBS sports talker 105.7 The Fan, WJZ-FM. She'll do midday sports news updates.
The Baltimore Ravens were well represented in ESPN's July 17 ESPY Awards, being nominated in four major categories. But the Miami Heat beat out the Ravens in three of the categories, and Baltimore left the night empty-handed.
The four categories Baltimore was nominated for were best team, best game, best play and best championship performance. But they did not win in any of the four categories. Fan votes choose the winners for ESPY awards.
Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco was nominated for best championship performance for his three-touchdown game during the Super Bowl, but the Heat's LeBron James beat out Flacco for the award.
Redskins veteran Chris Cooley will replace Andy Pollin on an afternoon show of WTEM, ESPN 980.
Steve Czaban will continue on the show, but Cooley and weekend host Al Galdi will join him. As of Aug. 1, "The Drive with Cooley and Czabe" will replace the current "Sports Reporters" show at 4 p.m. on the sports talker, which Redskins owner Dan Snyder owns.
The Redskins Radio Network recently added Cooley to its roster of talent for game-day coverage. Pollin, who had co-hosted afternoons with Czaban for 13 years, remains with WTEM for now. He will be filling in on the vacationing Tony Kornheiser's late morning show, starting Aug. 5.
Posted July 26, 2013