The Baltimore Ravens and local TV cable sports entity MASN (Mid Atlantic Sports Network) have broken ties after a long negotiation and a three-year partnership. For local fans it means they’ll have to turn elsewhere to get this year’s preseason games and the five weekly shows that the Ravens produce in-house for fans, including the immediate postgame and locker room show.
WNST will be doing more investigative work and we’ll be reporting all of the background story on this later in the week when the dust settles because the political pressure and money is all at the root of this relationship between the Orioles and Ravens coming undone.
MASN is fully owned and operated by Peter Angelos and his family, who have had a long history of disdain for the Ravens, which has always made for a unique relationship in Baltimore. The TV network and its accompanying web products are all essentially baseball products with very little unique programming to support anything outside of the Orioles and Nationals.
The Ravens’ first pre-season game is Aug. 12 against the Carolina Panthers will air on ESPN nationally. All four preseason games will again be simulcast on WBAL TV (Ch. 11).