Baltimore/Washington sports network on the block


SportsThe key programming elements offered by the Mid-Atlantic Sports Network are games of Major League Baseball franchises the Baltimore Orioles and the Washington Nationals. To date, Orioles owner Peter Angelos has had the upper hand, but an investment bank is looking for buyers in an effort to separate the two teams.

Angelos and MASN have had rights to Nationals broadcasts as part of the deal that brought them from Montreal to Washington back in 2005. But the two teams are far apart in how much cash the Nats are entitled to for broadcast of their games.

According to the Washington Post, the Nats have been seeking $100M-$120M per season, while the Orioles have only been willing to pay in the neighborhood of $34M-$35M.

Fox and Comcast are believed to be among the likely suitors for rights to either of the teams. It is believed that the hunt for buyers is being handled by Allen & Company, although that company will not comment on the matter one way or the other.