ESPN HD cameras

ESPN's HD cameras capturing the action for "Monday Night Football." (Ida Mae Astute / August 18, 2008)

WBAL-TV says it has gained the rights to simulcast two Baltimore Ravens "Monday Night Football" games this year with ESPN, the cable channel that produces the prime-time telecasts.

The deal the station is scheduled to announce Wednesday is for three years, according to the Hearst-owned station, and will make WBAL the Baltimore partner for all ESPN "Monday Night Football" games involving the Ravens during that time.

One of the Monday night games is Aug. 22, a preseason contest against the Carolina Panthers, while the other is Dec. 16, a regular-season matchup with the Detroit Lions at a key time in the season.

WBAL will also have three other prime-time games this fall, thanks to being Baltimore's affiliate for NBC, which produces "Sunday Night Football," the highest-rated prime-time series on network TV.

"This is an exciting development that further cements our partnership with one of the most powerful brands in Maryland…The Baltimore Ravens!" Dan Joerres, WBAL's general manager, said in an email to The Sun.

WJZ, the CBS-owned and -operated station, will continue to be the primary home of the Ravens during the regular season by nature of the network holding rights to games in the Ravens' division. Most of those contests air Sunday afternoons.