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Orioles fly from broadcast television

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 MASN.

What a lousy Spring surprise that the Orioles won’t be broadcasting over the air on television (“After 64 years, no lineup of Orioles games will be on Baltimore broadcast TV in 2018,” March 27). How could the pros of sharing the MASN broadcasts not outweigh the cons of taking it away? People "cutting the cord" these days in favor of an OTA (over the air) antenna will no longer have any exposure to the Orioles. Among these are a lot of loyal fans. Also among these are a lot of people with a passing interest in baseball who might get on the bandwagon if an exciting game comes on the tube.

Consider also the value to MASN for airing these games as a showcase. For me, the more I watch MASN, the more I want it. I personally got cable in 2014 after years of not feeling like it was missed, but for MASN. For MASN is the only way to watch Orioles games from home. I recently opted out of cable because to me it feels like a big junkyard with a few valuable items in it — if you can find them.

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In the absence of any televised baseball games, I can resort to some other avenues for watching the O's. Maybe every now and then my wife will let me steal away from the family to go see a game at a bar. I can impose on a friend who has MASN. Fortunately, I can afford to go to some games. But what about all the folks that look forward to the televised games who have only a TV and an OTA antenna? How should the decision makers feel about giving these poor people the shaft?

I hope that there were some heavy considerations that needed to be weighed in this decision. Or a whole lot of money. If so, someone please enlighten us. I'm worried for the O's franchise if this came after some petty impasse between a few people. If this happens to be the case, please can somebody, anybody, get these folks to go back to the table to reconsider?

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James Wolf, Baltimore

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