Comcast-Orioles Beanball War Continues


Don’t look for Comcast Corp. and Major League Baseball’s Baltimore Orioles to shake hands in the middle of the field anytime soon.

The MSO released a statement Tuesday claiming that owner Peter Angelos and the Orioles “knowingly created a situation where cable carriers predictably would not carry MASN,” AP reported.

MASN is Mid-Atlantic Sports Network, the Orioles' regional sports network, which has the rights to televise both Orioles and Washington Nationals games. The Orioles own 90% of MASN.

The statement went on to say, “This is particularly regrettable given that, unlike Mr. Angelos, Comcast supported the return of Major League Baseball to Washington, D.C., and offered to broadcast the Nats games on far more favorable terms than is the case with MASN,” according to AP.

Comcast sued the Orioles in April, seeking to block the club from moving its games to MASN in 2007.

Comcast -- which controls cable distribution for the majority of the Baltimore-Washington area -- has refused to air Nationals games produced by MASN throughout this dispute, AP reported.

The Orioles countered by accusing Comcast of keeping Nationals games off the air in homes of obtaining a piece of MASN, according to AP.

"Comcast wants to keep the games off cable to protect its monopoly in the D.C. area," attorney William H. "Billy" Murphy Jr., who represents TCR Sports, the Orioles' cable arm, told AP.

"By personally attacking a Major League Baseball owner who has challenged Comcast's monopoly, Comcast has again proven that it's only concerned about protecting its monopoly position,” he added.