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Saturday, January 23, 2021

MASN cutting on-air talent, reportedly slashing pregame and postgame shows for Orioles and Nationals

According to The Athletic, MASN is dumping pregame and postgame shows for the two teams, and is also cutting on-air staff covering both teams. Britt Ghiroli’s report notes that among those let go are Mike Bordick, Tom Davis, Rick Dempsey, Jim Hunter, Dave Johnson, and most notably, Gary Thorne. Davis, Dempsey, Hunter, and Thorne weren’t part of the team’s broadcast plans in 2020 due to COVID-19 concerns, though Thorne eventually came to an agreement to return remotely in a limited capacity for 2020. Interestingly, The Athletic’s article about Thorne’s return pointed to a contract dispute, rather than the pandemic, as the reason he wasn’t involved in broadcasts.

Cuts on the Nationals side are still unclear at this point, though the team generally has had a smaller amount of personnel covering the team in previous seasons. For reference: the Orioles website lists 19 broadcasters for the 2020 season (including the six reportedly let go), while the Nationals website lists 11 (half of which are radio).

Furthermore, MASN plans to slash pregame and postgame studio coverage for both teams. As opposed to the studio style format, coverage will be 15 minutes before or after the game, featuring the in-game talent (AKA, the game broadcasters). If the two teams want their previous level of coverage, they’ll reportedly have to pay for it on their own.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: January 23, 2021 at 02:52 PM | 30 comment(s)
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