MEDIA WATCHDOG: NFL Insider Stays True to His Roots

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NFL Insider Jason La Canfora tries local radio

Jason La Canfora is one of the best in the business. Actually, in my opinion he’s the best NFL Insider. If you want to know which players are being drafted before the announcement gets made, follow @JasonLaCanfora on Twitter. If you don’t like spoilers, don’t follow.

Not only is La Canfora one of football’s sharpest analysts, he also happens to be a damn good news breaker. Conveniently for Baltimore, he’s employed by CBS and is also a Maryland native (again, see Twitter).

Recently, La Canfora has been taking on the task of local sports talk radio. Yesterday, he joined Scott Garceau on 105.7 The Fan, co-hosting The Fan’s afternoon drive show with the long-time local sportscaster. Garceau, a former Ravens play-by-play man (and my personal favorite) and La Canfora are a natural fit. The conversations had between the two are never dull, though, like much of 105.7’s programming, they are very heavy on the NFL — in early June.

La Canfora is no one-trick pony, having covered the Detroit Red Wings for the Detroit Free Press and is breaking down the 2014 World Cup on CBSSports.com. His baseball analysis leaves a bit to be desired however.

He’s made no secrets about his love for the Orioles, but sometimes the comments about his hometown team are a bit extreme. Take this one for example:

 

Don’t get me wrong, I love that La Canfora is on the local airwaves and I hope to hear plenty more of him, but as I’ve pointed out in the past, The Fan has a serious lack of baseball talk. I know that football drives ratings, sadly even in the middle of baseball season, but I would still like to hear some more insightful commentary on the Orioles.

 

UD is Birdland?

Speaking of things I’ve already written about, On Tuesday night’s MASN broadcast of the Orioles, the regional sports network highlighted the University of Delaware as “Birdland”. We’ve seen MASN boldly claim that Washington D.C. falls into Birdland’s territory, but UD might be even more ridiculous.

The Washington Post’s Dan Steinberg blogged about this as a Proud Blue Hen Alum:

Tuesday night’s target is a bit trickier. This time, the Orioles broadcast declared the University of Delaware a part of “Birdland.” Now, I went to the University of Delaware, so this too was close to my heart. I had friends from Slower Delaware and northern Maryland who were indeed committed to the O’s. I had far more friends from Northern Delaware, New Jersey and the Philly ‘burbs who were, regrettably, Phillies fans. This was in the mid-to-late ’90s, when the Orioles were contenders. But I did not feel like I was in Birdland.

It’s still my belief that this ineffective campaign is being used as an attempt to build the Orioles audience on MASN as the days of losing the Nationals broadcast on their network are surely looming.

 

PressBox partners with Orioles Hangout

Baltimore’s monthly newspaper/sports news site, PressBoxOnline.com has partnered with long-time Orioles message board OriolesHangout.com. DCRTV’s Dave Hughes explains how the partnership will work:

“Visitors to OriolesHangout.com will have direct access to PressBox’s editorial content, and fans on PressBoxOnline.com will have one-click access to discuss the latest Orioles happenings at OriolesHangout.com. “We are excited to team with [Hangout Ventures head] Tony Pente,” says John Coulson, PressBox managing partner and vice president of sales and marketing. “He has built a tremendous following of Orioles fans. Our two products dovetail perfectly… We plan to leverage our assets to provide more discussion, editorial content, and groundbreaking video for fans.”

Interestingly, PressBox already has a partnership with MonumentalNetwork.com and Orioles Hangout has one with O’s blog Camden Depot and recently ended one with RSR’s sister site, EutawStreetReport.com.

In this oversaturated market that covers only two local sports teams, I’m surprised there aren’t more mergers that include partners with a common vision and common goals.

Perhaps that’s easier said than done.

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