C., in 2004 as the Nationals, issues arose regarding television rights for the new franchise.
The Orioles have had a sizable following in the Washington area since moving from St.
In 2010, MASN relaunched The John Riggins Show, a daily sports talk show hosted by the Washington Redskins hall of famer, who was previously with the network from 2006 to 2008.
In addition to an afternoon drive program, Riggins hosted Riggo's Postgame Xtra, which aired after each Redskins game.
Since 2009, MASN has utilized five broadcasters to provide simultaneous coverage of the Beltway Series, using the network's on-air staffs for the respective teams whenever the Orioles and Nationals play one another.
Each team is represented by an analyst and two sideline reporters for their respective telecasts, with play-by-play announcers each broadcasting for half of the game.
As with all Major League Baseball broadcasts, MASN-produced games are available for streaming out of the teams' respective territories at mlb.tv, with local viewers able to watch highlights for a certain amount of time following the conclusion of each game.
MASN also produces over-the-air television broadcasts of Nationals and Orioles games for television stations in their respective primary markets – producing Nationals games seen on CBS affiliate WUSA-TV (channel 9) in Washington, and Orioles games seen on CBS owned-and-operated station WJZ-TV (channel 13) in Baltimore, which are shown on MASN elsewhere within the network's broadcast area.
As part of the deal, the Nationals' stake in the network would increase to 33% over 23 years.
Under the current arrangement, MASN paid the Nationals million to broadcast their games in 2005.
The network also has a companion channel MASN2 that airs overflow games in order to accommodate both baseball teams' schedules.
In September 2013, MASN2 became an affiliate of Fox Sports Networks, although select FSN-produced ACC games air on CSN Mid-Atlantic instead, and ESPNews still airs during overnight hours MASNHD is a high definition simulcast feed of MASN, which broadcasts in the 1080i resolution format.
The same month that the Lerners acquired minority interest in MASN, the network, which originally broadcast mainly during Orioles and Nationals games, converted into a 24-hour channel with an expanded roster of collegiate sports events, local and national programming to supplement the Nationals and Orioles games outside of the Major League Baseball season.