MASN FAQ's

General Questions

What is MASN?
Is MASN on Twitter or Facebook?
What MASN personalities are on Twitter?
Where can I find the MASN/MASN2 Programming Schedule?
What channel is MASN on?




Programming Schedule Questions

Where can I find the MASN/MASN2 Programming Schedule?
Where can I find the Orioles' and Nationals' schedules?
How can MASN televise both Orioles and Nationals games when the teams are playing at approximately the same time?
How is it determined which team appears on MASN and MASN2?
What channel is MASN on?
When do Nationals and Orioles games get replayed?
Are the Orioles and Nationals pre and post game shows available on Dish Network outside of MASN territory?
Why are Nationals and Orioles Classics blacked out outside of MASN territory?
Does MASN televise Ravens programming?




Programming Content Questions

Does MASN televise every Nationals and Orioles game?
Does MASN televise a daily sports show?
Why does MASN show all MLB Nationals and Orioles games instead of college football?
How is it determined what college football and basketball games are aired on MASN?
Why don't you air my favorite NCAA team's games?
Why aren't the broadcasts crews the same for every baseball game?




Technical Questions

I'm having trouble watching one of the MASN channels, what can I do?
How is the Baltimore Orioles and Washington Nationals broadcast territory determined?
Does MASN provide closed captioning for its channels?
Are MASN channels available in high definition on DishNetwork?
Why are my favorite teams blacked out on Saturday and Sunday?
Do all MASN providers carry MASN2?
When will my operator carry MASN HD and/or MASN2 HD?
When will Time Warner Cable carry MASN?
Can MASN games be watched online?
Does MASN monitor the crowd and background levels of its broadcasts?
Does VerizonFiOS carry MASN2 HD?




Misc. Requests

Can I send a MASN announcer a question or comment?
How do I get an autographed photo of my favorite MASN announcer?
How can I access Roch Kubatko's RSS feed?
Can I purchase DVDs of games?
Does MASN announce special occasions such as birthdays and anniversaries?
Does MASN provide promotional items given away at the Orioles and Nationals games?
Where can I find video clips of player interviews or manager's press conferences?
Where can I find out more about internships or jobs at MASN?
Does MASN provide donations and sponsorships?
Is MASN available through an App/Online?





General Questions


What is MASN?

The Mid-Atlantic Sports Network (MASN) is a regional sports network owned by the Washington Nationals and Baltimore Orioles, which carries every available Orioles and Nationals game live and in HD. MASN also televises exclusive pre-game and post-game shows, Nats Xtra and O's Xtra, for every game in HD. No other network in the country televises as many MLB games.

MASN televises more than 150 NCAA Division I basketball games, and more than 40 NCAA Division I football games, featuring the best of the Big East, Big South and several other top conferences.

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Is MASN on Twitter or Facebook?

Yes, you can follow @masnsports, @masnNationals, @masnOrioles and @masnRavens on Twitter or become a fan of MASNsports, MASN Nationals and MASN Orioles on Facebook.

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What MASN personalities are on Twitter?

Current MASN personalities on Twitter:

Byron Kerr - @masnKerr (Nationals)
Dan Kolko - @masnKolko (Nationals)
Roch Kubatko - @masnRoch (Orioles)
Steve Melewski - @masnSteve (Orioles)
Pete Kerzel - @masnPete (Orioles & Nationals)
Josh Land - @MASNJoshLand Ravens)

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Programming Schedule Questions


Where can I find the MASN/MASN2 Programming Schedule?


Click here
for the Orioles' 2014 Schedule

Click here
for the Nationals' 2014 Schedule.

Please remember that because we broadcast over 600 live games every year, our schedule is always subject to change.

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Where can I find the Orioles' and Nationals' schedules?


Click here
for the Orioles' 2014 Schedule

Click here
for the Nationals' 2014 Schedule.

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How can MASN televise both Orioles and Nationals games when the teams are playing at approximately the same time?

MASN televises 320 Nationals and Orioles games. When both teams are playing at or near the same time, a second MASN channel (MASN2 and MASN2 HD) will carry the other game. Depending on the schedule, the Nationals and Orioles will appear on either MASN or MASN2. High definition broadcasts are available on MASN HD and MASN2 HD.

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How is it determined which team appears on MASN and MASN2?

As the home to two Major League teams, MASN televises more than 320 live MLB games every year, more than any other network in the country.

Because of the significant number of live games, MASN offers a second channel, MASN2 and MASN2 HD.

Both the Nationals and Orioles play the same number of games on MASN and on MASN2. The network's television schedule is set in advance of opening day, and then provided to affiliate partners, listing services, and others.

Both MASN and MASN2 - and the standard and hi-definition channels - are provided to every one of MASN's cable, satellite and fiber optic partners.

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What channel is MASN on?

You can find channel listings based on your location and provider HERE.

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When do Nationals and Orioles games get replayed?

MASN2 games that originally air on Monday through Saturday nights will be replayed on MASN at 11:30 PM. MASN2 Sunday games will be replayed on MASN at 5 PM and the MASN game will re-air at 11:30 PM. Monday through Friday, MASN will air the MASN game from the previous day at 9:00 AM and the MASN2 game from the previous day at 12:30 PM. Please also check the MASN Programming Page. Please note there are no replays on Saturday or Sunday mornings.

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Are the Orioles and Nationals pre and post game shows available on Dish Network outside of MASN territory?

MASN offers the pre and post game shows to all of its affiliates.

However, Dish Network does not offer pre and post game shows on any of the part-time (occasional channels) that it carries, including MASN.

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Why are Nationals and Orioles Classics blacked out outside of MASN territory?

Due to MLB Productions regulations we are not able to carry the games to viewers who live outside of the Orioles / Nationals home territory.

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Does MASN televise Ravens programming?

From 2006 to 2009, MASN televised non-exclusive Ravens preseason games and Ravens-produced programming as the team's official cable network. MASN appreciated the partnership and worked hard to promote both MLB and NFL programming.

Although there was strong interest by the network and the team in renewing the partnership, as sometimes happens with programming deals, the sides were unable to reach an agreement.

MASN remains a strong supporter of the Ravens organization, and we hope and expect they will make another run for the playoffs this season.

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Programming Content Questions


Does MASN televise every Nationals and Orioles game?

MASN will carry every Nationals and Orioles game during the regular season that is available. There are times during the season when the MLB national rights holders carry the game exclusively or when a game falls in the national rights holders broadcast window preventing MASN from airing portions of a game or an entire game.

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Does MASN televise a daily sports show?

MASN carries the Mid-Atlantic Sports Report. Check our Programming Schedule for exact air-times.

For daily sports updates and breaking news, we would encourage you to visit MASNsports.com. With player and talent blogs, beat reporters, up to the minute video clips, series previews and game statistics, our website provides maximum access to the Orioles, Nationals and Ravens twenty-four hours a day.

Nats Talk Contact Information:

To contact Phil Wood and the Nats Talk Show, you can call 855.458.0300 or email at natstalk@masnstudios.com.

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Why does MASN show all MLB Nationals and Orioles games instead of college football?

MASN has a robust lineup of regional NCAA football including favorites like West Virginia, Syracuse, Louisville and many others. We develop our collegiate programming schedules to maximize the opportunities to showcase local NCAA programs.

As you may know, MASN's viewing territory includes all or parts of six states and the District of Columbia, from Harrisburg, PA to Charlotte, NC. The network is committed to televising local NCAA programming from colleges and universities throughout our regional territory.

As an independent Regional Sports Network, owned by the Orioles and Nationals, during baseball season the network's first obligation is to covering the teams - and serving the fans - of the professional baseball teams who created the network.

We are proud of our partnerships with Georgetown, George Mason, the Big South Conference, and the Big East Conference. Indeed, MASN televises more than 40 NCAA Division I football games and 150 NCAA Division I basketball games. No other network carries as many live professional and collegiate major events as does MASN.

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How is it determined what college football and basketball games are aired on MASN?

As you may know, MASN's viewing territory includes all or parts of six states and the District of Columbia, from Harrisburg, PA to Charlotte, NC. The network is committed to televising local NCAA programming from colleges and universities throughout our regional territory.

The marketplace for televised sports rights is very competitive. Some college conferences and local teams have existing television rights deals with other networks that prevent MASN from airing those games.

MASN is always looking to expand our lineup of local collegiate sports programming and will pursue such programming as it becomes available

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Why don't you air my favorite NCAA team's games?

MASN has a robust lineup of regional NCAA football and basketball games including local favorites and top ranked teams. As you may know, MASN's viewing territory includes all or parts of six states and the District of Columbia, from Harrisburg, PA to Charlotte, NC. The network is committed to televising local NCAA programming from colleges and universities throughout our regional territory.

The marketplace for televised sports rights is very competitive. Some college conferences and local teams have existing television rights deals with other networks that prevent MASN from airing those games. MASN is always looking to expand our lineup of local collegiate sports programming and will pursue such programming as it becomes available.

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Why aren't the broadcasts crews the same for every baseball game?

As a baseball fan you know that the baseball season is a marathon, which starts in March and continues through October, as players, managers, and - yes, broadcasters - are on the job nearly every day for more than six months.

MASN's broadcasters may work anywhere from 35-150 games per season, while the alternate personality may be in the booth for the remaining games. From time to time, other commentators from MASN's deep bench of talent are brought into the broadcast, to offer their perspective on the game.

MASN will always strive to produce a first-class broadcast, with the latest technology, video, and special features that bring fans closer to the game.

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Where can I find MASN's 2012-2013 NCAA basketball schedule?

You can find the list of MASN's 2012-2013 NCAA basketball schedule by clicking this link.

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Technical Questions

I'm having trouble watching one of the MASN channels, what can I do?

Please try resetting your cable box / set top box to see if this clears up the problem. If not, please contact our Customer Service Team immediately. They will be happy to help you find a solution!

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How is the Baltimore Orioles and Washington Nationals broadcast territory determined?

Every team in Major League Baseball has a television territory. Since at least 1981, Major League Baseball has determined that the Orioles exclusive television territory comprises an area from Harrisburg, Pennsylvania to Charlotte, North Carolina, including Maryland, Delaware, the District of Columbia, Virginia and parts of Pennsylvania, West Virginia, and North Carolina.

In 2005, when the Montreal Expos were relocated to Washington, D.C., the Orioles agreed to share their television territory with the new Washington Nationals, in exchange for the rights to present those games on television. Major League Baseball, in the 2005 settlement agreement, reaffirmed the boundaries of the Orioles and Nationals television territory.

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Does MASN provide closed captioning for its channels?

Closed captioning is an important service for presenting additional information on the screen for viewers who may be unable to hear the audio portion of the broadcast.

Many, but not all, of the production companies who provide programming to MASN embed closed captioning in their broadcast. In addition, MASN provides closed captioning services for much of our original programming.

Currently, MASN broadcasts with closed captioning for at least 20 hours per day.

*Please note that DirecTV does not provide closed captioning support for MASN2 HD.

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Are MASN channels available in high definition on Dish Network?

While MASN provides both of our HD channels - MASN HD and MASN2 HD - to all of our cable, satellite and fiber-optic partners, a few providers may not have launched both channels. The decision to launch MASN HD or MASN2 HD rests solely with these affiliates.

The announcement of MASN2 HD can be found HERE

A full list of the MASN's affiliates - and whether or not they choose to carry MASN HD / MASN2 HD is available HERE

If you have specific questions about Dish, please contact Dish directly at 1-800-823-4929.

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Why are my favorite teams blacked out on Saturday and Sunday?

Major League Baseball's national television contract with Fox gives the national network an exclusive broadcast window on Saturdays during the baseball season that prevents regional sports networks from broadcasting MLB games. There are three windows that FOX has exclusively and that RSNs are prohibited from broadcasting in:

1) The Saturday afternoon window with a 1:10 PM EST
2) The Saturday afternoon window with a 4:10 PM EST
3) The Saturday night window with a 7:10 PM EST

Depending on which window Fox has chosen for that day, regional sports networks like MASN are not allowed to broadcast their regional games if the games start in the selected window.

Similarly, ESPN has an exclusive national broadcast window on Sunday nights. regional sports networks like MASN are prohibited from broadcasting games and replays that start after 5:05 PM EST.

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Do all MASN providers carry MASN2?

Yes. Every MASN partner carries both MASN and MASN2. Most affiliates carry MASN HD and MASN2 HD as well. A complete provider list and channel lineup can be found HERE.

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When will my operator carry MASN HD and/or MASN2 HD?

While most of MASN's cable, satellite, and fiber optic affiliates do carry the HD games, the decision is made by each distributor.

You can check HERE for a listing of affiliates and their channel listings.

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When will Time Warner Cable carry MASN?

MASN does not have an agreement with Time Warner at this time. Please watch MASNsports.com for any updates.

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Can MASN games be watched online?

MASN televises every Orioles and Nationals game live and in HD on MASN, MASN2, MASN HD and MASN 2 HD. These channels are available to each of our cable and satellite partners.

Because of MLB restrictions, the games are not available on-line to viewers in the Orioles and Nationals designated television market. The games are also not available for viewing on MASNsports.com.

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Does MASN monitor the crowd and background levels of its broadcasts?

As you know, in recent seasons MASN has made major upgrades to our production including cameras, graphics, in-game stats, on-location sets at the Orioles and Nationals ballparks. MASN also televises every game live and in high definition. In addition, MASN is expanding its use of pitch-tracking, and continuing popular features like "Wired Wednesdays" and "Ask MASN."

All of these enhancements are designed to bring fans closer to the action on the field.

The crowd noise that is heard during game broadcasts is part of the experience of enjoying a Major League Baseball game. The audio levels are constantly monitored by our sound engineer and production crew. Still, your feedback is important and will help us continue to produce the best broadcast possible.

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Does VerizonFiOS carry MASN2 HD?

As of 04/04/2011, VerizonFiOS carries MASN2 HD in Richmond (VA), Norfolk (VA), Baltimore County (MD), Anne Arundel County (MD), Howard County (MD) and Harrisburg (PA) on channel 501.

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Misc. Request


Can I send a MASN announcer a question or comment?

During the season, you can contact our reporters and follow them via their Twitter feeds as well as post questions to the Nationals and Orioles Facebook pages.

Orioles - https://www.facebook.com/MASNOrioles
Nationals - https://www.facebook.com/MASNNationals

Current MASN personalities on Twitter:

Byron Kerr - @masnKerr (Nationals)
Dan Kolko - @masnKolko (Nationals)
Roch Kubatko - @masnRoch (Orioles)
Steve Melewski - @masnSteve (Orioles)
Pete Kerzel - @petekerzel (Orioles & Nationals)

During the off-season, we encourage you to submit comments to their blogs. Most of our talent host their own blogs on MASNsports.com.

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How do I get an autographed photo of my favorite MASN announcer?

Unfortunately, we cannot accept requests for autographs for our talent team. However, each of our announcers regularly make appearances in the community.

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How can I access Roch Kubatko's RSS feed?

Roch Kubatko's rss feed is available here.

You can also subscribe to MASNSports.com's feed by clicking here.

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Can I purchase DVDs of games?

Unfortunately, MASN cannot sell or reproduce copies of games or of our shows.

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Does MASN announce special occasions such as birthdays and anniversaries?

Unfortunately, the network has a policy of respectfully declining these types of requests. As well-intentioned as this request may be, once an exception is made for one individual, it opens the floodgates to millions of others throughout MASN's seven-state television territory, who would also like an exception.

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Does MASN provide promotional items given away at the Orioles and Nationals games?

MASN does not keep an inventory of promotional items distributed at Nationals and Orioles games. The only way to collect MASN giveaway items is to attend each team's home games on designated giveaway dates.

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Where can I find video clips of player interviews or manager's press conferences?

All of our clips are available in the Media Lounge, to access click HERE.

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Where can I find out more about internships or jobs at MASN?

For a listing of job openings at MASN, please click HERE

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Does MASN provide donations and sponsorships?

MASN is proud of our positive role in serving the local community. We have a number of existing partnerships with organizations that allow our network to have an important impact on communities within our 7-state region.

We are not able to provide additional sponsorships at this time. Thank you for your interest in MASN.

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Is MASN available through an App/Online?

MASN is currently only available through our cable and satellite providers. Out of market viewers can watch Orioles and Nationals games via MLB Extra Innings or MLB.tv.

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