The Washington Nationals’ television rights were bound to MASN in 2005 in order to placate the Baltimore Orioles.
That franchise did not want the Montreal Expos moving to DC and encroaching on their regional dominance, so Major League Baseball made it financially beneficial for Orioles owner Peter Angelos to change his mind.
Now, eighteen years later, the Nationals are for sale and MASN could be a huge factor in when the franchise is sold and to who according to Ben Strauss of The Washington Post.
“If someone is going to spend $2 billion, I would think they would need some certainty on the media rights,” Whitecap Sports Group managing partner Robert Malandro told Strauss.
The Orioles own a controlling stake in MASN. The Nationals would like to settle their current dispute with MASN and the Angelos family before the team officially hits the market. Whether or not the Angeloses will agree to a settlement is unclear.
Leaving MASN could be a windfall for the Nationals’ future owners. The team currently received $60 million annually for its media rights. Meanwhile, division rival Philadelphia is in the middle of a 25-year deal with Comcast that pays the team $2.5 billion over the life of the contract.
MASN is also in a bit of financial dire straits right now after losing more than a third of its subscribers in 2022. The network has responded by cutting back on people and assets dedicated to covering baseball.
A court recently found that the network owes the Washington Nationals $100 million. Perhaps that is an incentive for a buyer, but is it enough?
The Orioles, currently caught up in the middle of a family drama, could hit the market themselves. Also, the team has long held firm on its stance that Orioles’ and Nationals’ television rights stay linked.
Those are factors that would certainly affect the value of the Washington Nationals on the open market.
ABC Scores Most Watched NBA Saturday Primetime Game In 4 Years
“The game drew 3.7 million viewers.”
The Boston Celtics beat the Los Angeles Lakers on Saturday night. While the game’s controversial finish left LeBron James and Patrick Beverly upset, executives at the Walt Disney Company had nothing but smiles thanks to the performance of ABC.
The game drew 3.7 million viewers. That means the Celtics’ win is the most-watched game in the ABC Saturday night prime-time window in the last four years. A February 2019 game between the Lakers and Golden State Warriors drew 4.1 million.
Boston also delivered the highest-rated game of the NBA season so far outside of the league’s stacked Christmas Day slate.
NBA Saturday Primetime on ABC is experiencing a nice uptick in viewership this season. Through the weekend, the Saturday night games are averaging over 3.4 million viewers according to an ESPN press release.
That number represents a 16% jump from last season. The edition of NBA Countdown that airs before the Saturday night game is having a good season as well. It’s average audience is up 3% to just under 1.5 million.
NHL Ratings on ESPN, TNT Down in 2nd Year
So far this season, games on ESPN and TNT are averaging 373,000 viewers, which is down from 478,000 last season.
Viewership totals from ESPN and TNT show NHL ratings have declined heading into the All-Star break, but there are some extenuating circumstances for the nearly 22% drop.
So far this season, games on ESPN and TNT are averaging 373,000 viewers, which is down from 478,000 last season. However, both channels have increased their linear television schedule, doubling from 27 games to 54.
ESPN has aired 18 games with an average of 402,000 viewers. In the same time period last year, the worldwide leader had only aired seven contests, but garnered 622,000 per game. None of ESPN’s games last season had aired on weekends, while the network has broadcast six games on Sunday this year alone. The 12 games ESPN has aired that weren’t on Sunday have averaged 491,000 viewers.
The 2023 NHL All-Star Game will air on ABC Saturday, and the network is hoping for a lift from last season. In 2022, ratings fell 38% from the previous All-Star Game on NBC, and hit the lowest total since 2009. The NHL Skills challenge saw its largest audience in a decade after airing on ESPN in primetime on a Friday evening. Nearly 1.1 million watched the skills challenge, a 30% increase compared to 2020.
At this time last season, TNT had aired 20 games. Through 36 games this season, the network has seen an average of 359,000 viewers. The network is helped by the 2023 Winter Classic, which took place at Fenway Park on Monday, January 2nd. The afternoon contest saw an audience of 1.78 million, up 31% compared to the previous year.
AFC Championship Game Delivers New Viewership High For CBS
53.1 million viewers tuned in to see the Chiefs victory over the Bengals, making it the most-watched television program since Super Bowl LVI.
The AFC Championship Game between the Kansas City Chiefs and Cincinnati Bengals drew a massive audience for CBS.
53.1 million viewers tuned in to see the Chiefs’ controversial victory over the Bengals, making it the most-watched television program since Super Bowl LVI. Additionally, the event is the most-watched NFL Conference Championship Game since 2017.
CBS claims the game peaked with 59.3 million viewers and was also the most-streamed live sporting event in the history of Paramount+.
With an audience of 53.1 million, CBS concludes its NFL playoff coverage averaging 40.798 million viewers for each game. That leads all networks thus far. The 2022 NFL season was the most-watched regular season on CBS in the past seven seasons.