There will be no lineup of Orioles baseball games on WJZ or any other over-the-air Baltimore broadcast channels this season, the CBS-owned station and Orioles confirmed Tuesday.
The end to a Baltimore TV tradition that dates to 1954, when the Orioles’ first home game was played on WMAR, is the result of a decision made by the Mid-Atlantic Sports Network, according to WJZ and the Orioles.
MASN sent the following statement in response to calls seeking comment Tuesday.
"Thanks for your interest in MASN. As the network that produces and airs all available Orioles games, MASN and MASN2 will now be the exclusive channels to watch Orioles baseball in the Mid-Atlantic region. Also for the first time, MASN and MASN2 will be the only channels where you can watch each 'O's Xtra' pregame and postgame shows.”
MASN is a regional cable network owed by the Orioles and Washington Nationals. The Orioles are owned by the Angelos family. John P. Angelos is president of MASN.
K.C. Robertson, a WJZ spokesman, said his station has been broadcasting Orioles games since the mid-1990s. Last year, WJZ broadcast 20 games, including Opening Day.
WJZ will have an hour of Opening Day coverage Thursday starting at 12:30 p.m. but will not be carrying the game.The Orioles could still be seen occasionally on a local affiliate if its network has rights to a game.
MASN also confirmed in a separate statement that it will be the sole place to see Washington Nationals games in the region this season. There will be no lineup of games on a Washington broadcast station.
Furthermore, MASN and MASN2 will be the only channels with “Nats Xtra” pregame and postgame shows.