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Broadcasts Are a Work In Progress

By Barry Svrluga
Washington Post Staff Writer
Wednesday, April 6, 2005; Page D11

PHILADELPHIA, April 5 -- The second game in Washington Nationals history will not be on television in the nation's capital, though officials from the newly formed Mid-Atlantic Sports Network continue to explore avenues to get games on a cable or satellite outlet.

The Nationals' opener, an 8-4 loss to the Philadelphia Phillies on Monday, was broadcast on WDCA-20, a Fox-owned outlet that will be one of two stations to carry 76 Nationals games, mostly on weekends. Some of those games could be carried on WTTG-5 as well.


"I don't know exactly what the solution's going to be," Nationals President Tony Tavares said by phone Tuesday. "People are scrambling around. They've just assured us they're doing everything in their power to get the games up. I anticipate some fairly quick announcements, but we'll see."

"We've only had 72 hours to work on this," MASN head Bob Whitelaw said Tuesday. "We're working as hard and as fast as we can to get the games distributed to as many people as possible, but it's a process, and it takes some time.". . .

Last December, Bob Boone wrestled with whether to leave the Philadelphia Phillies, where he worked as a scout, to become a special assistant to Nationals General Manager Jim Bowden. "I made the right decision," Boone said. "I have my hands in so many more things here." Boone and Bowden spent Tuesday scouting players for the June amateur draft, in which the Nationals have the fourth pick. . . . The only position players who didn't play in the opener were outfielder Ryan Church (groin), catcher Gary Bennett and infielder Jamey Carroll.


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