MASN seeks to televise Riggins

Talks are under way to simulcast radio show


December 16, 2006|By Jeff Barker | Jeff Barker,Sun reporter

The Baltimore-based Mid-Atlantic Sports Network, eager to increase its Washington presence, is negotiating to simulcast former Redskins great John Riggins' radio show, according to officials with knowledge of the talks.

MASN would televise all or part of the Hall of Fame running back's program, which airs 4 to 7 p.m. weekdays on three Washington-area stations known collectively as "Triple X ESPN Radio." The stations are part of Red Zebra Broadcasting, a media company formed by Redskins owner Daniel Snyder earlier this year.

The talks to televise the Riggins show are ongoing and an official cautioned yesterday that sticking points remain. The official declined to be named because no announcement has been made.

Majority-owned by the Orioles, MASN has been looking for more Washington-oriented shows. Its current lineup includes a handful of Ravens programs. MASN calls itself "the official cable network of the Baltimore Ravens."

MASN also broadcasts college basketball and recently announced a partnership with Georgetown University basketball.

MASN was created in a deal between Orioles owner Peter Angelos and Major League Baseball. The network, already televising Washington Nationals games, will begin broadcasting Orioles games in 2007 as well.

MASN began broadcasting around the clock earlier this year and has been looking for fresh programming to fill the non-baseball months.

One potential complication with the Riggins talks is that MASN already simulcasts the Anita Marks show, which airs on Baltimore's ESPN 1300 in the same time slot as Riggins' program.

MASN spokesman Todd Webster declined to comment yesterday, and Red Zebra operations manager Tod Castleberry was unavailable for comment.

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