No, that paper is not likely biased against your team

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Nearly every fan has thought, at one time or another, that a reporter or a newspaper or a website is biased against his or her team. What they tend to forget is that their own baseline isn’t “fairness” but “bias in favor of the team I like.” If you love your guys, someone treating them objectively (i.e. criticizing them sometimes) is, to your un-objective mind, bias. It’s why people who watch Fox News think that channel is “fair and balanced.” Indeed, if you lean a certain way and the whole world leans with you, everything does look balanced indeed.

Not even the smartest or most insightful on this topic are above it. Not even someone who, for professional purposes, is supposed to know how the media works. Like, say, a journalism professor. A journalism professor who wrote in to the New York Times to complain about how they cover the Yankees WAY too much and don’t give enough ink to the Mets.

Since a journalism professor’s claim of media bias understandably carries more weight than other people, the Times researched the claim. The results?

. . . we dug in a bit, taking a look at coverage over the past five days since Mr. Robins wrote and Mr. Stallman responded. The results are a fairly close call, but the Mets squeak it out with nine articles over seven for the Yankees.

I think most bias claims would be resolved this way. With very few exceptions, the media doesn’t care about your team and isn’t out to get them. They print what’s newsworthy, what people are generally talking about and, of course, what sells papers. Their dislike of your team doesn’t even rate. Mostly because you’re imagining it.


No lease extension, but O’s and governor tout partnership

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The Baltimore Orioles and Maryland Gov. Wes Moore announced a joint commitment to what they called a “multi-decade, public-private partnership” to revitalize the Camden Yards sports complex.

The statement from the team and the state’s new governor came Wednesday, the deadline for the Orioles to exercise a one-time, five-year extension to their lease at Camden Yards. The team was not planning to exercise that option, according to a person with knowledge of the decision. The person spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because the club hadn’t announced its decision.

With no extension, the lease is set to expire at the end of this year, but the team and the Maryland Stadium Authority can keep negotiating. Wednesday’s joint release seemed to be an attempt to calm any nerves in Baltimore about the team’s future.

“I am looking forward to continuing to collaborate with Governor Moore, his administration, and the Maryland Stadium Authority in order to bring to Baltimore the modern, sustainable, and electrifying sports and entertainment destination the state of Maryland deserves,” Orioles CEO John Angelos said.

“We greatly appreciate Governor Moore’s vision and commitment as we seize the tremendous opportunity to redefine the paradigm of what a Major League Baseball venue represents and thereby revitalize downtown Baltimore. It is my hope and expectation that, together with Governor Moore and the new members and new chairman of the MSA board, we can again fully realize the potential of Camden Yards to serve as a catalyst for Baltimore’s second renaissance.”

Republican Larry Hogan, the state’s previous governor, signed a bill last year increasing bond authorization for M&T Bank Stadium, home of the Baltimore Ravens, and Camden Yards. The measure allowed borrowing of up to $600 million for each stadium.

“When Camden Yards opened 30 years ago, the Baltimore Orioles revolutionized baseball and set the bar for the fan experience,” Moore, a Democrat, said Wednesday. “We share the commitment of the Orioles organization to ensuring that the team is playing in a world-class facility at Camden Yards for decades to come and are excited to advance our public-private partnership.”

Angelos recently reaffirmed that the Orioles would stay in Baltimore, although he dressed down a reporter who asked for more clarity on the future of the team’s ownership situation. Angelos was sued last year by his brother Lou, who claimed John Angelos seized control of the Orioles at his expense.