10 Facts About MASN


MASN is available on approximately 23 cable and fiber optic television providers in Maryland, the District of Columbia, Virginia, eastern and central North Carolina, West Virginia, south central Pennsylvania and Delaware ; it is available nationwide on satellite via DirecTV.

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Under the arrangement, MASN paid the Nationals $20 million to broadcast their games in 2005, and were bound to renegotiate the amount they paid the Nationals based on the fair market value of the Nationals' broadcast rights in 2012 and once every five years thereafter.

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Orioles and Nationals play many games at or around the same time of day, MASN operates a second network, MASN2, which serves as an overflow channel when there are scheduling conflicts.

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From 2008 through 2013, MASN used five broadcasters to provide simultaneous coverage of the annual Beltway Series between the Orioles and the Nationals, using the network's on-air staffs in an unconventional "mixed-booth" arrangement whenever the Orioles and Nationals played one another.

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MASN served as an affiliate for the American Sports Network, a provider of syndicated sporting events primarily focused on college sports, until it became Stadium and stopped syndication in 2017.

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In 2010, MASN relaunched The John Riggins Show, a daily sports talk show hosted by the Washington Redskins hall of famer, who was previously with the network from 2006 to 2008.

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From 2006 to 2009, MASN served as the official regional cable broadcaster of the NFL's Baltimore Ravens, televising the team's preseason games, as well as nightly airings of team-related programming and original live post-game shows during the regular season.

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When MASN announced plans to move Orioles broadcasts to MASN, CSN Mid-Atlantic sued the Orioles seeking enforcement of a clause in its contract with the team, which Comcast SportsNet claimed allowed them the exclusive right of first and last refusal on future television contracts.

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MASN and the Orioles claimed that MASN is a trade name for TCR Sports Broadcasting Holding, which was established in 1996 to sell all of the Orioles television rights, which resulted in the sale of the ten-year deal to HTS.

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In January 2021, MASN fired all of Baltimore Orioles' broadcast team, except Jim Palmer, as well as some of the Washington Nationals' broadcast team, the pre- and post-game team Dan Kolko and Bo Porter and dugout reporter Alex Chappell, as well as reporter and broadcaster Byron Kerr.

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