Television broadcasters from the Orioles-owned Mid-Atlantic Sports Network will travel to regular-season games this week for the first time since 2019, MASN spokesman Todd Webster confirmed to The Baltimore Sun, beginning with the Orioles series against the New York Yankees on Tuesday.
Washington National’s broadcasters, who share the network but are still embroiled in a long-running legal dispute over television rights, will also be in San Francisco for a series against the Giants this week.
MASN television stations have called matches remotely from their home stadiums in Oriole Park at Camden Yards and Nationals Park, and continue a trend that began in 2020 amid the coronavirus pandemic, but they had been the only teams in Major League Baseball to did not have TV stations to travel to road matches this season.
During broadcasts of the Orioles series against the Oakland Athletics and Los Angeles Angels, the feed was noticeably delayed from the video. And during a spring training match, an on-site MASNsports.com reporter handled the broadcast due to technical difficulties.
“Technological advances give modern sports networks on-air talent the flexibility to broadcast games live from either the venue, the studio, or their home,” a MASN spokesman told The Sun. “This week, MASN’s talent team will call the matches live on the spot during O’s roadtrip starting at Yankee Stadium and Nats roadtrip beginning in San Francisco.”
In March, a note from MASN Generalist for Human Resources Emily Dow stated that out of “an abundance of caution due to the ongoing COVID pandemic”, the network would continue to call matches from the teams’ home stadiums in Oriole Park at Camden Yards and Nationals Parker.
The memo said there would be no travel for broadcasters “at this time”, leaving the window open for a possible return that has now taken place.
According to The Athletic, Orioles Radio Network still does not travel to road games. However, Nationals Radio Network’s broadcasters are team members and have been traveling since the beginning of the season.
As the coronavirus pandemic shortened the 2020 season to 60 matches, TV and radio broadcasters from across the league called matches remotely using video feeds on monitors from each team’s home court. Some teams returned to the highway in 2021, and all but MASN had begun to travel again in 2022 before Tuesday’s game against the Yankees.