Comcast and MASN Announce Carriage Agreement
Comcast and MASN today announced an agreement to bring the Mid-Atlantic Sports Network (MASN) to 1.6 million customers on Comcast's Expanded Basic cable lineup in the Washington DC Metro, Baltimore and Salisbury areas beginning in September. MASN will be made available to an additional 600,000 customers over the next two years.
"Comcast is pleased to have reached an agreement with MASN. We've always wanted to bring the Nationals to Comcast customers and want to thank everyone on Comcast and MASN's team who have worked to bring baseball to our DC area customers," said David L. Cohen, Executive Vice President, Comcast Corporation.
"This is great news for sports fans throughout the mid-Atlantic region," said Peter Angelos, managing partner of the Orioles. "We are pleased to have reached this agreement with Comcast, which will allow both the Nationals and the Orioles to maximize their exposure throughout the territory. We are grateful for the support we have received from public officials from Virginia, Maryland and the District of Columbia, whose support was critical to getting the games on television."
Comcast Corporation (Nasdaq: CMCSA, CMCSK) (http://www.comcast.com) is the nation's leading provider of cable, entertainment and communications products and services. With 23.3 million cable customers, 10 million high-speed Internet customers, and 1.6 million voice customers, Comcast is principally involved in the development, management and operation of broadband cable systems and in the delivery of programming content.
Comcast's content networks and investments include E! Entertainment Television, Style Network, The Golf Channel, OLN, G4, AZN Television, PBS KIDS Sprout, TV One and four regional Comcast SportsNets. Comcast also has a majority ownership in Comcast Spectacor, whose major holdings include the Philadelphia Flyers NHL hockey team, the Philadelphia 76ers NBA basketball team and two large multipurpose arenas in Philadelphia.
The Mid-Atlantic Sports Network is the television home of the Washington Nationals and, resuming in 2007, will be the exclusive television home of the Baltimore Orioles. MASN brings home the best in local sports, including NCAA football, basketball, lacrosse and local events that are not available anywhere else.