Friday, April 08, 2005

Game On, Garth!

District of Baseball has the roundup of broadcasting news. (There's a lot, actually)

The short version: Thanks to some arm twisting, the next nine games are on television.

Nuggets from that article:

[The MASN head honcho] would not specify when a deal might be reached, although sources at Comcast said the cable company has had no contact with Mid-Atlantic since a courtesy meeting last week.
--Gee, thanks for looking out for us.

Baseball officials said the Nationals' 5-4, extra-inning victory over the Phillies yesterday was not televised due to the game's 1:05 p.m. start. Afternoon games do not usually draw good ratings, the officials said.
--That's weird. ESPN frequently runs afternoon day games. And, I'm pretty sure Philly got the game. But, I guess they don't know what they're doing and are sure to run their stations into the ground.

Duffy Dyer, station manager of Channel 20, a UPN affiliate, said the station is reluctant to air Nationals games on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday nights because those evenings include some of UPN's most popular shows.
--That's a gold mine of comedic potential there! Unfortunately, I've used my quota of Moesha jokes for the year.

"Those are some of the best nights we have," Dyer said. "We have made strong inroads on those nights."
--If you go from 1 to 2, is it really fair to say you doubled it?

On Wednesday evening, as Wilkerson was playing the hero in Philadelphia, those who watched Channel 20 would have caught the following shows during the 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. time slot: "Girlfriends," a sitcom about four young women dealing with family, friends and relationships; "America's Next Top Model 4," a reality show hosted by supermodel Tyra Banks; and "Kevin Hill," featuring Taye Diggs as an attorney who unexpectedly has to raise his cousin's 10-month-old daughter.
--Taye Diggs? THE Taye Diggs? Wow! I've gotta set my Tivo!

"It's outrageous the game could not be seen here," D.C. Council Chairman Linda W. Cropp (D) said. "The city stepped up to plate. A new stadium is coming here. Fans have given some support to it. The least that could happen is they ought to be able to view the games in the city."
--I'm not sure if that statement (the last part especially) is intentionally ironic, given her Cropzilla period.