Friday, April 22, 2005

Nats Fans Screwed Again

A few weeks ago, we learned that Major League Baseball sent the Nats up the river by awarding television rights to the little dictator in Baltimore, Peter Angelos, who created the Mid Atlantic Sports Network (MASN) to broadcast the Nats, plus the Orioles once their deal with Comcast runs out.

Now, it turns out that Comcast, which owns the rights to Baltimore Orioles telecasts, is suing that rat bastard Angelos, because he is supposed to give Comcast the opportunity to match any new offer to broadcast the O's.

The result: Comcast won't carry MASN, and Nats fans in the Washington area will not be able to watch their team, except for about 75 weekend games on UPN20.

For more info and some excellent analysis, click here, here, and here.

In my opinion, this one rests completely on Major League Baseball. They own the Nats and are supposed to be looking out for the best interests of the team. They sold our souls to Angelos, and Angelos is now stuck in a power play with Comcast.

I believe since the existence of MASN may not in fact be legal, per Angelos' original contract with Comcast, MLB should pull the Nats out of the TV deal and put them on TV in another way.

Let's tell Commissioner Selig and MLB President & COO Bob DuPuy what we think!

The Office of the Commissioner of Baseball
Allan H. (Bud) Selig, Commissioner
245 Park Avenue, 31st Floor
New York, NY 10167
Phone: (212) 931-7800


Anonymous Anonymous said...

If you want to DO something about this deal, visit the following webpage:

You can sign a petition that asks Congress to review MLB's anti-trust immunity in light of this anti-competitive deal.

If we can get literally thousands of Mid-Atlantic baseball fans to sign this petition, we'll get noticed on Capitol Hill.

The peition has been up on the web for just a day or so.

6:35 PM  

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