Sunday, May 20, 2007

Peter Angelos is still evil

First Peter Angelos tried his best to keep a baseball team out of Washington. Then he was given the television rights to the Nationals and, along with Comcast, managed to keep most of the Nationals games off television for the first two seasons of the team's existence. But with the TV dispute worked out and all the games on television this season , I was ready to not use any more energy hating Angelos anymore and just laugh at how he's run the Orioles into the ground. Then, this weekend's Nats-Orioles series happened, and I'm furious.

I sat down to watch the game Saturday night and noticed something odd on the Nationals telecast. Up in the score box in the corner of the screen, the Nationals were identified with, as is customary, the abbreviation "WSH." No problem there. But the Orioles were, strangely, not identified with "BAL" or "BLT." No, they were identified by "O's." Even more amazing, when the line score was put up at the end of each half-inning, the teams were identified as "Orioles" and "Washington."

Yes, this was the Nationals television broadcast and the graphics on the screen were essentially treating the Nationals as the opposing team--and the Orioles as the "home" team. Has this ever happened before, that the graphics on a team's own television broadcasts treat another team as the home team? I guess this is what happens when your team's own television broadcasts are owned by the owner of another team--ridiculous just on principle but even more ridiculous when stuff like this happens. Can't Bud Selig step in on this? (That's a rhetorical question--if he didn't do anything on steroids, I'm sure he can't be bothered about this.)

Last year, this also happened, and I believe I read someone at MASN saying that the orders for this graphical set-up came directly from Angelos. Whether my memory is correct or not, that really is the only explanation for this--the rest of the Nats broadcast (announcers, etc.) is geared around the Nats. They don't talk about the Orioles as a home team on the pregame show or during the game--it's only identified that way on the graphics. They don't identify the Florida Marlins as the "Marlins" on the line score, they identify them as "Florida." This is just another case of Peter Angelos still trying to keep his monopoly on baseball in the Washington area by pronouncing the Orioles the home team in both markets--and it's just another sign of his malignancy. Yes, I know this whole graphics thing isn't that important--much more crucial is that the Nats are getting less money for their TV rights than they could on the open market because he owns them. But it still rankles. I guess I should look on the bright side, though--at least he doesn't own the Nationals. That's something Orioles fans still have to deal with, for what looks like plenty of years to come.

(Oh, there is one explanation that I haven't considered. The Orioles famously dropped "Baltimore" from their uniforms a few years back in order to appeal to the Washington area and make them more of a regional team. Did they entirely drop Baltimore from their name? Are they now like the Cosmos from the old North American Soccer League? Probably not, but it would be the only somewhat defensible explanation for this outrage.

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10 Comments:

Anonymous Mark said...

You may be one of the only people I know who can drop a "Cosmos" reference into a blog...

5/21/07, 3:15 PM  
Anonymous John said...

Wow, we have finally found someone you hate more than Robin Thicke...

I think all of the dropping of "Baltimore" from the jerseys and all was kind of silly. I'm 99 percent positive that they announce them as "your Baltimore Orioles" when they games start.

Personally, I'm still an Oriole fan. People love to dump on Angelos, and he completely deserves it, but they are still the team that I grew up following and certainly have a lot more heart than the Nationals do this season.

Have we seen Boswell's clarification (because he will never admit to being wrong) about the Brian Roberts vs. Adam LaRoche (sp?) trade? LaRoche is not hitting or doing much of anything, and Roberts is having another nice season at bat and in the field...and still going to the hospitals for the kids. :)

5/21/07, 3:23 PM  
Blogger Andrew said...

Are you sure you were on the right channel? I was watching Friday night and I saw that both MASN and MASN2 were broadcasting the game. One had the Oriole's announcers/production an the other had the Nats.

5/21/07, 5:43 PM  
Blogger Eric Fingerhut said...

Andrew,

I wasn't able to see the game Friday night, but on both Saturday and Sunday, the Nationals broadcast (with Carpenter and Sutton) had "O's" and "WSH" in the score box.

5/21/07, 5:55 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Rumor has it that next year the O's are going back to having "Baltimore" on the front of their road jerseys again.

5/21/07, 10:25 PM  
Blogger Caps Nut said...

Angelos years ago took great pains to scrub all references to Bhawlmuher from the B.O.'s in an effort to "regionalize" the team.

Go to their website and you'll find precious few reference to the city that they play in. Hades, even the single game tickets I got last year for the Nats-B.O.'s game in Ralph Cramden Yards didn't have Bhawlmuher printed on the ticket.

5/22/07, 11:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

You have interpreted this all wrong. Angelos has completely removed Baltimore from everything. Media guides,press releases you name it. Because the fans want it back he does the opposite. He doesn't want to be told what to do.

5/22/07, 12:31 PM  
Blogger Mike Bowers said...

Not only did they have the "O's" on the telecast I watched , but worse they had Camden Yard promos between innings refering to "Our House". Camden is the O's house but why continous promos for B-more for a Nats RFK game and no hometown promos?

5/22/07, 12:35 PM  
Blogger Rickey Henderson said...

Stupid Angelos. Impressive catch, though.

5/22/07, 3:43 PM  
Anonymous Jeffrey said...

Not to come across like a paranoid nutter, but there’s a pattern here:
The MASN logo is in the Orioles colors, even during Nats broadcasts.
Most of the Nats games are on MASN2.
In nearly all of the promos and ads for MASN, the actor portraying an O’s player is wearing a home uniform, while the actor portraying a Nats player is — you guessed it - wearing an away uniform.

What does of all of this mean? Nothing, except that Peter Angelos is a bitter, petty, small-minded man who has no respect for the people of D.C.

5/22/07, 4:37 PM  

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