Video-Sharing Apps Pose Problems Media Notes Top Rank Ready To Sue After Piracy Of Fight Mayweather Camp Disputes Credentials Claim Derby Draws Best Overnight In 23 Years NFL Draft Viewership Declines From '14 Winston's Camp Denies ESPN First Interview ABC Sees Dip For Conference Semi Openers Caps-Rangers Overnight Down On NBC O's Get Home Touches For Relocated Series
Upcoming Conferences and Events
SBD/February 9, 2011/Media
Back To A Familiar Nest: Orioles Return To WBAL-AM As Part Of Multiyear Deal
Published February 9, 2011
MENDING FENCES: In Baltimore, Dan Connolly writes the "three-year contract, which comes after the club shopped its radio rights for several months, is somewhat surprising considering the rocky parting between the Orioles and WBAL after the 2006 season as well as the trend among professional sports franchises to switch from high-wattage AM stations to multi-platform FM clusters." The "prevailing thought" was that the Orioles would stay with WJZ "when their four-year deal expired" at the conclusion of last season. Orioles Owner Peter Angelos and WJZ officials "engaged in several rounds of negotiations but were unable to hammer out a deal." Orioles Dir of Communications Greg Bader said of WBAL, "The signal strength, the coverage they provide, their news-reporting abilities are all exemplary. They were a great partner of ours for many years, and we are confident they will be a great partner of ours this year and for years to come." Connolly notes WBAL will have "pre- and post-game shows, but additional baseball programming has not been determined" (Baltimore SUN, 2/9).