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New O's, New Mentality - Orioles Should Release a MASN app

Scott & Jeremy
February 05, 2019 - 6:58 pm

By Alex Woodward

Baseball season is almost here. Oriole pitchers and catchers report next Tuesday and the season opener will be here soon enough. The Orioles are entering a new age of baseball in Baltimore and if they are as forward thinking as we think they are, they should do something I've wanted for years. A MASN app that allows people to stream their games. 

I can't be the first person to think of this but if new O's management is reading this, I'm ready to sell this idea. In all seriousness though, it's odd that they haven't created a MASN app yet. With more and more people cutting the cord and switching to streaming services, the Orioles are missing a prime opportunity to capitalize on a market trend. 

If I were them I would monetize the app so you have to pay for a subscription to get it. People that are using this app are most likely not paying for cable. For me, anywhere between $9.99-$14.99 a month is a reasonable price and I think the demand is high enough where they could profit off of that (mind you, I'm not a business or finance expert).

If they think it should be more then that's their prerogative but with a team going through a rebuild and trying to reach a younger generation, this should be a no brainer. Make it affordable and build the brand from scratch. That way when you're good and everyone wants to stream the game either at home or out of the house they would be able to do that and MASN would profit. Also you have both the DC and Baltimore markets to garner subscriptions from.

They could have a section to watch game replays, pregame shows or any other MASN exclusives through the app. You would think more exposure for a team that's struggling with fan attendance is a good thing right? If you want younger fans to go to the yard, you have to make your games available to the younger generation.

The Orioles have added a lot of youth to their management in the past year. Their new manager, Brandon Hyde is 45, the new GM Mike Elias is a 36 year old phenom and both John and Lou Angelos have taken on expanded roles and seem to have thought processes more aligned with their new hires. I'm sure they are focused on kickstarting this rebuild but I think we would be naïve to think that they haven't at least considered this. 

If they haven't, I'm willing to negotiate a price.

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