Friday, March 10, 2006

Cox signs MASN deal - Great news for Nats Fans!

By: Jim Williams
The Examiner

In a move that will delight Nationals fans the Mid Atlantic Sports Network has just signed a deal with Cox cable to carry MASN on its Expanded Basic programming service beginning April 1, 2006. The network will be carried on Cox Cable channel 102 in Fairfax and Cox Cable channel 79 for Fredericksburg-area customers. That is nearly 260,000 people in Northern Virginia and could be the catalyst that brings Comcast to the table for DC and the Maryland suburbs.

“This is great news and an important development in considerably expanding Nationals’ cable television coverage within our marketplace,” said Tony Tavares, President of the Washington Nationals. “We enthusiastically join MASN in welcoming Cox into our broadcast family.”

Now with Cox the second biggest cable service on board the pressure is squarely on Comcast to open up at least a few DC area systems. This should cause some rumblings over at the Wilson Building now that Northern Virginia can see the Nationals while the vast majority of Washington residents can’t see MASN.

Speaking of Comcast..

CSN today announced that they will airing 90 Orioles games starting three spring training games the first March 27th against the Marlins as well as the April 1st telecast against the Nationals. The first regular season game is April 6th against Tampa Bay.

More MASN news…

Orioles fans will be able to see 65 games on WB54, WJZ 13 and soon to be announced PAX/i 66 here in the Washington area. So for those keeping score it is 158 Nationals games on MASN and 155 games for the Orioles on CSN/MASN. Both teams will also get air play on ESPN Sunday Night and FOX Saturday.

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