MEDIA WATCH DOG: DC is now Ravens Country?

Ravens Country

Lost in the shuffle of watching Peyton Manning choke in another big game and reading tweets from whining journalists in Soviet Russia was the news of the Ravens invading Dan Snyder’s turf. Last week, Baltimore’s pro football franchise inked a brand new three-year deal with BIG 100.3, a classic rock station in our national’s capital.

The Ravens had been on a few different radio stations in D.C., but now have locked up a contract with an FM affiliate that has an audience 18 times the size of WFED 1500 AM (their previous broadcast partner). If you’re looking for some nitty gritty details on the deal, WashingtonPost.com’s Dan Steinberg asked himself a bunch of questions (then answered them) over on his bog.

“We treat the market as one market, Washington D.C. and Baltimore,” Dennis Lamme, Clear Channel’s market president for Washington/Baltimore told Steinberg. “And when you really look at it, the Ravens have a huge following in Montgomery County and Northern Virginia, which is what my radio station covers. So I think it’s a great fit.”

That “one market” comment sounds eerily similar to the type of type of garbage that former NFL commissioner Paul Tagliabue used to spew in pre-Ravens days.

Should Washington build a museum to honor the great history of the Redskins?

“We have a lot of fans who live in the D.C. area, and we want to make sure we serve them by being with a radio station that will reach them,” Ravens President Dick Cass said on WBIG according to Steinberg. “And we’re delighted to be with BIG. You guys are a top radio station in the D.C. market, and that’s where we wanted to be.”

Let’s play a little game of Jeopardy shall we?

I’ll take “NFL radio broadcasts for $100”, Alex.

Answer: “Prince Frederick, Hagerstown, Frederick, Mechanicsville, Cumberland and Fruitland.”

Question: “Where are the Redskins affiliate broadcasts in Maryland?”

See, Steinberg isn’t the only one who can ask himself questions… or answers, I guess.

This game of Jeopardy isn’t meaningless, I listed those cities to show that one big one is omitted: BALTIMORE.

Redskins games aren’t broadcast in Baltimore. You would think that the Baltimore Metro Area would have a higher percentage of Redskins fans than D.C. would have Ravens fans. Many former Colts fans converted to the Skins when Bob Irsay snuck out of town in the middle of the night. Wouldn’t you think that it would make more sense for the Redskins to be broadcasted here?

I would.

I think Cass is wrong though. I don’t believe that there are lots of Ravens fans in D.C., not yet at least. The Ravens are a successful franchise, but they’re boxed into a small market. Expanding to D.C. and broadcasting a quality football team to neighboring cities helps the Ravens grow their fan base.

This move isn’t about appeasing the demands of out of town fans – it’s about CREATING THEM!

But you can’t fault the Ravens for trying to capitalize on the D.C. market though. Despite being Washington’s favorite pro sports team, they have averaged just 6.25 wins per season since 2006. After going 3-13 (with lofty expectations) maybe offering the suffering fans of Landover another option isn’t such a bad idea.

And we all know how brilliant the Ravens are at marketing.

19 Raves on “MEDIA WATCH DOG: DC is now Ravens Country?

  1. Cheri on said:

    This was a total waste of time reading this.The guy who wrote this is a complete moron.,Baltimore will never root for the Redskins as he suggested.I also believe the Ravens are wrong for going into Dan Snyders back yard.
    We have our market they have theirs.The redskins don’t broadcast their games up here why are we going into their market? Please Mr O’nair do most of us a favor and just go back to just readingarticles instead of writing them.

    • Tony LombardiTony Lombardi on said:

      Cheri,

      What Mike said was:

      “You would think that the Baltimore Metro Area would have a higher percentage of Redskins fans than D.C. would have Ravens fans. Many former Colts fans converted to the Skins when Bob Irsay snuck out of town in the middle of the night.”

      There’s nothing here that isn’t true and therefore it begs the very logical question:

      Wouldn’t you think that it would make more sense for the Redskins to be broadcasted here?

      Calling him a moron is really unnecessary.

      • Cheri on said:

        I disagree with the notion that many fans of Baltimore converted to the Redskins heck I think there were more people who were fans of the Steelers more so then the Redskins back then.Keep in mind that the Steelers had bars around town that I do not recall the Redskins having.I would had used the word some but alot no way.
        The Steelers only became hated once the Ravens got good.I recall back in the day the slogan was I root for any team that plays the Colts or Redskins

        • Tony LombardiTony Lombardi on said:

          Anne Arundel County had many shifts towards the Redskins as did Frederick County and Howard County given their geography. But still, even if you concede “some” v. “a lot”, that’s not grounds for calling Mike a moron is it? C’mon be fair.

          Happy Friday!

          • TRUTH on said:

            Didn’t stop Vinny from suggesting you had a “tiny set” on air…

            LOL

            You’re the one who stabbed Mike Pres… uhh, I mean, “your source” in the back when the Ravens strong armed you…NOW you defend him?

            Maybe Vinny was right?? Im starting to think if Preston is the “batman of Journalism” – then you’re definitely his “batboy”.

          • Stoner on said:

            But those aren’t Baltimore. The writer made this assumption based on what? Geography? Sorry, I’d be shocked if the amount of skins fans in Baltimore was over 20%. No one I grew up with from that era rooted for the skins. Nobody.

    • John P on said:

      Just because you don’t like the notion of sports teams trying to capitalize on the Baltimore/Washington market doesn’t mean it hasn’t happened. Nor does it mean it won’t continue to happen.

      When the Colts left town, Jack Kent Cooke all but blocked us from getting an NFL franchise. And that’s why the Redskins are hated up here. Peter Angelos did the same thing with the Orioles (see TV deals).

      To think that Bisciotti won’t capitalize on his franchise’s power while the Reskins are down is ridiculous. Dan Snyder certainly would.

      Now, you don’t have to like what’s reported. But it IS news, and it IS newsworthy. Name calling is uncalled for, and I think Mr. O’Nair deserves an apology.

  2. Michael on said:

    There is one statement in this whole piece that is just wrong. “Many former Colts fans converted to the Skins when Bob Irsay snuck out of town in the middle of the night.” The truth is that the Redskins tried to convert former Colts fans into Redskins fans. This led to a general disdain for the Redskins in Baltimore. I am not saying that there are not Redskins fans in Baltimore, but not the way you have portrayed it.

  3. Cheri on said:

    By the way Tony great respect for the work you do on here and I enjoy your site very much.
    This Washington/Baltimore thing is a hot button issue with me and I believe many others.It seems like we are the red headed step brother of that city and it is no need to be .We Baltimore are a big enough city to stand on our own without the constant shout out that we need their help to support our teams up here.
    YES we are not the size of NYC or DC themselves but we are not Green bay or Jacksonville either.
    I always say Balt.is like Cincy, Cleve, Pitt, KC, STL and Sea when I think of size and population sort of in that ballpark

  4. Chris O'Shea on said:

    He’s right, guys. I know plenty of people that became Redskins fans (also some Steelers fans) when the Irsay dipped out of town. Being the closest NFL team, they started rooting for them. As a result, they still are Redskins fans after being fans for over 20 years.

  5. Jeff on said:

    I live in DC and have become a loyal Ravens fan. When I moved here in 2005 from the West I tried to become a Redskins fan when neighbors invited me to their house to watch games. However, there was absolutely nothing to like about the team. I hated that they had abandoned the city (and I live near RFK stadium). I hated their name which is offensive. I despise their owner and management. I didn’t like players like Clinton Portis. In 2012 the team, for the first time, had something that was appealing (RG3) but they managed to screw him up too through horrible decision making. The Ravens represented something I could believe in and I wanted to root for a city like Baltimore that needed something good, as opposed to DC which is far more privileged. So that’s how the Ravens gained this DC fan.

  6. Cheri on said:

    I can remember Norman Brammon who owned the Eagles at the time of when the Colts left try to recruit Baltimore to come 90 miles up the road and support his team.His reasoning was that granted it’s not 40 miles away like DC is but that it was still a short drive from Baltimore and he pledged unlike JKC that he would not stand in Baltimore’s way in getting a team back but would support our efforts thus I know a lot of my family and friends became big Eagles fans and went to several of their games and we had a blast.
    Thank you Mr Bramon and the recently departed Mr. Tose the other former Eagles owner who gave their support behind Baltimore’s efforts. Much appreciating to you two fine gentleman.

  7. Anonymous on said:

    When Irsay left and Jack Kent Cooke said, “C’mon down”, I said “no thanks!” The TV media and local papers started reporting on the DeadSkins like they were a local team. I not only didn’t root for them but instead of the then, “take ‘em or leave ‘em” attitude, it created a disdain for the franchise and everything about DC. The Redskins will be losers as long as Dan Snyder is the owner which is perfectly fine with me. Go Ravens. Go Baltimore.

  8. Jim on said:

    I know for a fact that the Ravens have a lot of fans that work in DC. I am one of them. Does anyone know if BIG will have any Ravens programming other than the games?

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