(Photo by Baltimore Sun. Peter Angelos hates you, NatsTown.)
"We definitely want them to succeed. We're partners in the MASN baseball network, and we have an excellent relationship with the Lerner family and with Stan Kasten, who is an old friend of mine..."
(Peter Angelos, via Baltimore Sun, 4/10/2008)
O's beat Nats on MASN in D.C. homes?
Washington Business Journal's John Ourand reports that Orioles games on MASN outdrew Nationals games on MASN in D.C. homes in 2009:
Orioles games on MASN drew a 0.67 rating and 16,000 homes in D.C. during the 2009 season, a rating that is 12 percent higher and a household distribution that is 14 percent higher than the Nationals' 0.60 rating and 14,000 homes.
Dan Steinberg took another breather from his 24-7 Redskins autopsy earlier this afternoon to point out that the news isn't exactly good. But is anyone really surprised by this? Especially given the, what, 40?, games the O's played against the Red Sox and Yankees; and the little advantage the O's enjoyed between 1972 and 2005 serving as defacto hometown team? We'd be interested in comparing the 2009 O's/Nats D.C. household figure to 2008. Surely there's been progress there?
And you can be sure that Ted Lerner is unfazed with the arrangement with MASN for the time being: as long as Angelos keeps those annual ~$25 million checks coming for rights fees, Ted will be smiling all the way to the bank.