I didn't think I agreed on much with our former mayor and current Ward 8 councilman Marion Barry. But in today's Washington Post letters section, he just so happens to share my sentiments about Peter Angelos's continuing chokehold on the Washington Nationals. Specifically, Barry expresses surprise and disapproval over current Mayor Anthony Williams's endorsement of a plan to give Nats television broadcast rights to the Orioles.
In part, Barry writes:
The Nationals' broadcast rights were sold for $21 million a year, but the team could have gotten more. That kind of forced subsidy of the Orioles will hurt the new team.
Moreover, Orioles owner Peter G. Angelos intends to air only 79 Nationals games on broadcast TV this year, and 30 games next year, to a limited geographic audience. Yet Orioles games are on broadcast television in Washington.
It may be the only thing Barry has said that I wholeheartedly agreed with. That and "Outside of the killings, Washington has one of the lowest crime rates in the country."
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