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Just When Baseball Thought It Was Safe to Approach Congress . . .

This hearing strikes me as an enormous waste of everyone’s time.

Congress is asking why more Nationals games aren’t being televised in the Washington area.

A committee hearing Friday led to both sides agreeing to at least talk about the conflict that has kept most cable viewers from seeing the new major league team.
Virginia Congressman Tom Davis held a hearing to examine the dispute between Comcast cable and baseball officials that is keeping the Nats off TV.

Yes, because it is a Virginia Congressman’s DUTY to make sure the DC baseball team gets their games on TV. We’re fighting in Iraq and Afghanistan, Iran is about to get nuclear weapons . . . and Congress spends time on this. There is already a court case about this, because Peter Angelos, the Orioles owner, prematurely ended his contract with Comcast, and Comcast insists he had no right to do so.

Angelos called on Congress to pressure Comcast to air [Mid-Atlantic Sports Network] broadcasts this season.

“Comcast should not be permitted to use its dominant position in distribution in the Washington market to bleed MASN into bankruptcy,” Angelos said.

This whole thing is a mess. Its going to be interesting to see how this sports network gets hammered out. Once MASN gets approval to air, I have a feeling its going to rake in the dough for both the Washington Nationals and the Baltimore Orioles.

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I am glad that the D.C. city council will ban Comcast from the city. I don’t think Angelos is a victim by any means, but banning Comcast is fine by me.

Posted by Frank | May 6, 2006 | 10:28 pm | Permalink

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