Men's College Basketball

MASN Reaches Deal To Air Hoyas Games

Tuesday, December 5, 2006

Mid-Atlantic Sports Network yesterday announced an agreement to become the official network of Georgetown University men's basketball, which will include televising 10 basketball games this season as well as special coaches' shows and feature programs on players, according to a MASN spokesman.

MASN, which is in a battle with Comcast SportsNet to be the dominant regional sports network in the Baltimore-Washington area, has the rights to be the home network for more than 300 Washington Nationals and Baltimore Orioles games next season. The network also has a partnership with the Baltimore Ravens for special access to that team and its coaches.

The nascent MASN network, which is jointly owned by the Orioles and Nationals with the Baltimore club owning 90 percent, added 150 college basketball games to its programming schedule this season in an effort to establish itself in the Washington area.

The basketball games include teams from the Big East, Big Ten, Big 12, Colonial Athletic Association, Western Athletic, Mid-American and Sun Belt conferences. MASN also carries Ohio State, West Virginia, Penn State and Rutgers football games.

"We are pleased to have this agreement in place with MASN," Georgetown Athletic Director Bernard Muir said in a statement released yesterday. "This year marks the 100th anniversary of basketball at Georgetown, and it's wonderful to share the excitement of this season with the Mid-Atlantic Sports Network's growing audience. We want this year's celebration to be enjoyed by as many fans as possible and having MASN as our official cable network helps do that."

Comcast SportsNet has the rights to Washington Wizards basketball games, Washington Capitals hockey games, D.C. United soccer games, Washington Mystics basketball games and ACC men's basketball games, as well as a partnership with the Washington Redskins that gives Comcast special access to the team and its coaches.

"Georgetown is one of the most storied and successful programs in all of Washington sports," MASN spokesman Todd Webster said. "MASN is excited about this partnership."

-- Thomas Heath

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