Redskins and Orioles joined at the hip when it comes to matters of media treatment

December 10, 2013 | Drew Forrester

Redskins and Orioles joined at the hip when it comes to matters of media treatment

They’re only separated by 45 miles, but they might as well be living in the same room and sharing a bunk bed.

For starters, THIS PIECE FROM THE WASHINGTON POST is a must-read for anyone who follows sports and monitors the daily happenings of their favorite local team.

And, here’s a fun game to play when you’re reading the piece:  Anywhere you see the word “Redskins”, just substitute the word “Orioles”.

You get the picture.

It’s a shame the newspaper in Baltimore hasn’t devoted their time to publishing a story on the reprehensible way the Orioles have treated their “non-partners” over the last half-a-decade or so.

At least the Post has a set of stones.

I’ve said this over and over about the Ravens, but it always bears repeating on the occasion someone (usually me) questions the Orioles and their media/PR policies.

The Ravens absolutely give preferential treatment to their broadcast partners, namely WBAL Radio/TV and Comcast SportsNet.

They should do that.

But, the Ravens don’t pull any of the bush-league stunts the Orioles do once that treatment has been handed out and they’ve fairly given their media partners a head start on things.

You hear a Raven football player live on the radio every single day of the week in Baltimore during the season.

Literally.

The Ravens have somehow figured out a way to accomodate every single media outlet in town who wants them.

The Orioles have somehow figured out a way to alienate every single media outlet in town who wants them — except the ones who pay them.

Read that Washington Post story and tell me it’s not a shocking “replica” of the sort of stuff that has happened in Baltimore with the Orioles.

Stories changed because the Redskins didn’t like what was written.

Sort of like what happened this past week when The Sun got phone calls from the Orioles after the newspaper published a story about Peter Angelos and his fingerprints on the franchise’s 2013-2014 off-season.

It’s remarkable how identical the Redskins and Orioles are…and the worst part of all?  Neither the NFL or MLB can do anything about it.

That doesn’t mean, of course, that those of us affected in the media can’t continue to yell “THIS ISN’T RIGHT!” when the Orioles do stuff like revoking media credentials from accredited members of the local press in an effort to lock them out and silence them.

That reminds me of a quote from the great Charles De Gaulle:  ”Nothing strengthens authority so much as silence.”

There are a variety of twists and turns to that quote from De Gaulle, but it’s easy to slice it apart and see how it works to the advantage of the Redskins and Orioles.

“Nothing strengthens authority so much as silence.”

I get it.

“Let’s silence the media…and we’ll have more authority than ever over them.”

And, somehow, in Baltimore at least, no one seems to care about the Orioles employing that quote to their advantage.

 

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  1. unitastoberry Says:

    Make sure to read the comments following the article too and substitute Angelos for Synder. Spot on!

  2. Robert Says:

    And if there’s such a thing as karma, then the Angelos’ regime will enjoy the same rate of success as that under Snyder; too bad for the fans of their respective teams. Cheers.

  3. Dan Says:

    Wouldn’t it be great if Angelos bought a newspaper and sent his reporters snooping around WNST wanting to know how you run your business ? And asking to see your $$$ ‘Books’ and why there is no local show in the 10 to 12 slot . And just what is the deal with Billick and the station , and what is his financial stake in the company. Talk about entertainment . Yeah , I think the Station needs some kind of license to operate … :) (DF: I think that’s a great idea. When WNST gets $3.75 a month from everyone “in the market” and we’re raking in $150 million a year, you can come in and snoop away to see how we spend YOUR money.)

  4. Steve from Sandpoint Says:

    It’s not about success with Angelos & the Orioles, it’s always & only about the bottom line, making as much money as possible, with spending as little as possible !!! I think he could care less if the team wins, as long as the dollars keep coming & making him richer, & that my friends is a SHAME !!!

  5. The Armchair QB Says:

    The media’s responsibility is to provide “oversight” and hold people accountable, which you and WNST do very well! It doesn’t take a “rocket scientist” to figure out what’s wrong with teams like the Orioles and Redskins and you may as well include the Cowboys for the same reasons! Of course, the Cowboys have the dual problem of the owner being the GM as well. So, who gets fired? The “byline” for all these franchises is…….”As ye sow, so shall ye reap”!

  6. Brian Says:

    Just another example as to why I do not and will not follow the Orioles. For the life of me I don’t understand why people do follow this pathetic franchise.

    Go Ravens !!!

  7. CNC Redskins & Orioles Fan Says:

    Drew, there are times the media should be butt-kicked to the curb like when it persist the Redskins change their name when Snyder has been loud and clear he will not change the name.

    As for the Orioles; Angeloser is what he is. At least Dan Snyder is TRYING to put together a winner UNLIKE cheapskate Angeloser.

  8. Dave Says:

    I get so tired of hearing from WNST how the Orioles are getting $3.75 from each of US for MASN. That’s how Verizon, Comcast, DISH, etc. work. You pay for “free” channels. It’s not a la carte. You don’t get to choose which channels come to you except as a package deal. I’d rather not pay for Disney Channel, OWN, 17 version of PBS, the spanish channels but it comes with the package so I deal with them. I don’t watch MASN very much except when watching Orioles games. I wouldn’t ask you to do anything different (it’s useless to anyway). I listen to the morning show until the Angelos bashing begins and then I tune out. I appreciate you telling us the “truth” which is really want you want to see.

  9. Dan Says:

    DF: I think that’s a great idea. When WNST gets $3.75 a month from everyone “in the market” and we’re raking in $150 million a year, you can come in and snoop away to see how we spend YOUR money.)
    DT – Can’t we snoop now ?

    Orioles financials :
    http://www.privco.com/private-company/baltimore-orioles

  10. justafan Says:

    If Peter Angelos owned the Redskins, they would no longer be called the Redskins, and as Charlie Eckman would have said, ” You can go to sleep on those cherries.”

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