MASN-Time Warner Battle Continues In N.C.
By Dave Hughes, DCRTV.com
According to Luke Decock of the Raleigh News-Observer, the Federal Communications Commission is finally prepared to deliberate on an issue that has plagued North Carolina baseball fans for two years: the Baltimore-based Mid-Atlantic Sports Network.
MASN, which carries the Baltimore Orioles and the Washington Nationals, is continuing to wage war with Time Warner Cable to get carried in North Carolina, including the Raleigh-Durham area. Time Warner contends the region is geared more to the Atlanta and Charlotte sports media markets, and less so toward Baltimore and Washington.
MASN contends Time Warner carried the D.C.-based Home Team Sports (now Comcast SportsNet Mid-Atlantic) when it carried the Orioles and should now carry MASN. Plus, MASN adds that DirecTV and Dish Network both offer MASN in North Carolina, in addition to some of the other local cable providers. But not Time Warner.
Two arbitrators and an FCC official have ruled against Time Warner, which appealed the latest ruling to the full FCC. That appeal has been sitting idle since October as the FCC waited out the inevitable post-election turnover.
According to Decock, the FCC has started working again but an FCC spokesman said the committee has a number of cases awaiting rulings, and there's no telling when this one will be heard.
MASN is also trying to get carried by Comcast in southwestern Virginia, including the Roanoke area and in central Pennsylvania around Harrisburg. Comcast carries MASN in the Baltimore-D.C. area, as well as in Richmond and on the Eastern Shore. Other cable companies carry MASN in the Norfolk area.
Fox 1370 Sports Radio, WVIE, will air an hour-long Ravens pregame show Sundays at 11 a.m. during the regular season and postseason.
“Baltimore Football Talk” will be hosted by station personality Rob Long, who will be live each week from Luna del Sea restaurant in downtown Baltimore. Long will take calls to get listener predictions and analysis. That will be coupled with special guests onsite each week.
“This will be the most interactive pregame show in Baltimore,” Long said.
Luna del Sea is located on Pratt Street near the Convention Center light rail stop.
Longtime Baltimore sports broadcaster Ted Patterson is retiring. Heard mornings on WCBM 680 AM, Patterson's last day is today, and the station is planning an on-air tribute.
His future plans include organizing his extensive sports memorabilia collection and freelance sports reporting, Patterson said.
The Orioles and MASN have teamed up to make Orioles tickets even more affordable and accessible for the final month of the season. Beginning with the game on Sept. 4, fans can purchase MASN Maximum Access tickets in the upper level of the ballpark for only $1 each, for each of the final 10 non-prime home games this season.
This opportunity is valid for all non-prime home games in September and October and is limited to 500 seats per game. In anticipation of a high demand for this offer, there is a purchase limit of 10 tickets per game per household.
MASN Maximum Access tickets are available on a first come, first serve basis and must be purchased online at Orioles.com at least 24 hours in advance. These tickets cannot be purchased via phone or at the Oriole Park box office.
Posted Aug. 28, 2009