MASN was trending nationwide Saturday night on Twitter. That's not significant in itself: It trailed, among other topics, "Good Deeds," an unremarkable 2012 film, and "The Devil Wears Prada," a more remarkable 2006 film, if only because it is a movie starring Adrien Grenier that doesn't reek.
What could propel a humble regional broadcast sports network into the fleeting national dialogue, you ask? Well, besides the division of millions of dollars in revenue for two neighboring baseball cities.
The Nats game is literally happening live while MASN viewers get knee brace ads pic.twitter.com/aLDfN3r8zg— Dan Steinberg (@dcsportsbog) August 2, 2014
Best as I can piece together, here's what literally happened: During a second-inning at-bat by Washington Nationals right fielder Bryce Harper, the MASN broadcast flashed a "phone busy signal" and cut to commercial. In all, at least 20 ran, nonstop, during a live game.
MASN acknowledged the technical difficulties but did not identify the cause. Which led some Nationals fans to wonder about the whereabouts of the network's majority owner.
Angelos pulled the plug on MASN! #Nats— Papa P (@NUHusker) August 2, 2014
MASN completely cuts out and subjects us to 20 straight commercials (and counting). I'm pretty sure this is idiot Peter Angelos's fault.— Becca H (@BeccaH_JR) August 2, 2014
MASN's feed eventually returned, which invited its own criticism, from the caliber of the Nationals' actual broadcasters to a Washington offense apparently weakened by a strengthened signal.
Is Angelos behind this Nats MASN outage? O's game is still on. Just sayin'— Barbara Van Dyke (@momsaterp) August 3, 2014
The Nationals won, 11-0, and will host the Orioles in a makeup game Monday. I'd expect to see some anti-Angelos signs at that game.
I just wouldn't expect to see them on TV.Copyright © 2014, The Baltimore Sun