State of Baltimore Sports Media Fall 2010 Update: continues to grow beyond radio and into web dominance

October 25, 2010 | Nestor Aparicio

about how the Orioles have contributed to a drop-off in the health of their local business.

In regard to “little” items like an Orioles owner who has wrecked the city on summer nights over the last 13 years, we won’t ever turn a blind eye to these inarguable facts and take a paycheck and look the other way. Or a baseball franchise and cable monopoly that is going to make in excess of $50 million in profit this year while the team is in last place again and about to eschew spending any money to improve yet again this off season.

And I haven’t even brought up the part where they intimidate or ban media who criticize them or don’t share their view while being protected with anti-trust exemptions by the federal government and work in public-funded facilities.

If you shamelessly ignore these facts or are ignorant or naïve enough to dispute them, then I’m probably going to have a problem with any piece of logic you can throw my way.

There’s “right” and “wrong” in my household in Dundalk and what Peter Angelos has done to Baltimore is clearly WRONG. But it’s right for him because he’s printing tens of millions of dollars a year in profit and distributing chunks of it to the local media like the politicians are doing right now with bash commercials all over the local stations.

And then there’s the media who protect them at all costs: CBS Radio, a “partner” of the Orioles, Pressbox and WMAR, The Baltimore Sun, and MASN (Mid Atlantic Sports Network, or the Mister Angelos and Sons Network), which is essentially state-run TV or the “Baghdad Bob” of American Sports Networks.

I’m hard-pressed to think of another sports outlet in Baltimore that doesn’t derive a portion of their annual income in what amounts to “hush” money