Ravens hire Stockton, Millen for preseason TV

April 13, 2000|By Jon Morgan | Jon Morgan,SUN STAFF

In a move that they hope will boost advertising revenue from their preseason game telecasts, the Ravens have hired the Fox network tandem of Dick Stockton and Matt Millen to broadcast the team's four tuneup games this year.

The pair, considered the No. 2 broadcasting team at Fox behind headliners Pat Summerall and John Madden, reached agreement with the Ravens on Friday, said Dennis Mannion, Ravens vice president of new business development and marketing.

"I think it brings a real professional feel to the games and makes it feel you are getting the A-team," Mannion said. Stockton and Millen's usual director and producer team will work the game, using it as a warm-up for the regular season.

NFL regular-season games are broadcast under network contracts with the league, with proceeds divided evenly among the franchises. Each team, however, is left to arrange preseason deals. The Ravens buy time on WJZ-Channel 13 and produce the telecasts themselves, selling the ads to make money.

Last season, the Ravens used Brian Baldinger, who is in his second year with Fox and also does NFL Europe games, paired with CBS football and college basketball broadcaster Gus Johnson.

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