The other day, the Baltimore Orioles got lots of positive press by announcing that stadium staffers would be compensated for wages lost while a state of emergency was declared in the city. Two home games were canceled, another was played at an empty Camden Yards, and three others were moved to Tampa Bay as anger over…
Tom Clancy died last night at the age of 66, after a long and prolific career as one of the country's most popular military and espionage writers. But during a whirlwind few months in 1998, Clancy nearly joined the ranks of that most American club: dilettante NFL owners.
Tucked away in this Sports Business Daily article about Fox's ongoing quest to amass an empire of regional sports networks is this nugget, concerning Fox's attempts to buy MASN, the network that broadcasts Orioles and Nationals games, from Orioles owner Peter Angelos:
Jonathan Bernhardt has a post up about Dan Duquette and the Orioles' new union, and all the attendant doom. A snippet: "Dan Duquette has walked into the worst job in baseball with a smile. And why not? He literally has nowhere better to be." Now get to reading the whole thing.
[Et tu, Mr. Destructo?]
Your team's terrible. Your attendance is worse. What better way to add a little excitement than bringing your franchise's most beloved figure back under the O's umbrella? That's a rhetorical question, unless you're Peter Angelos.
"Meddling" Orioles owner Peter Angelos was named "The Worst Owner In Baseball" by SI. This has chafed former 50-home run fluke Brady Anderson, who penned a column for the Baltimore Sun to defend him. Some reasons why Angelos is great: he's compassionate, caring, a son of Greek immigrants. [Steady Burn]
Our old pal Dave Zirin, who's over at SI.com now, has been keeping an eye on some of Orioles owner Peter Angelos' labor practices over there in Ballmer. And whatever your politics are, it's pretty difficult not to be disgusted.
We always enjoy a good fan protest, and if there's a place one is more warranted than in Baltimore, we don't know of one.