Orioles get their own net

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Add Major League Baseball's Baltimore Orioles to the list of
regional-sports-network proprietors.

The new Orioles Television Network will produce, sell and market Orioles
broadcasts.

Flagship stations will be WJZ-TV and WNUV(TV) Baltimore and WBDC(TV)
Washington, D.C.

Plans call for a network of 10 to 12 stations in six states.

Orioles Television will produce 74 broadcasts this season.

General manager John Claiborne -- formerly president and chief operating
officer of New England Sports Network -- said, 'The importance of this service
to a franchise was proven in the appraisal of NESN's value [$350 million] in the
sale of the [Boston] Red Sox.'

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