What's Next: Vanna White Roaming the Sidelines?

Who knew there was a connection between "Wheel of Fortune" and the Ravens?  Obviously this is from the "Slow Football News Time of Year" file.

Check out this story: Raven's Radio -I guess Pat Sajak is a Ravens fan...

But more importantly, this is the Ravens moving into the Redskin's market.  I always thought there was a "Gentleman's Agreement" amongst the franchises that were in close proximity to each other: you do not market in my neighborhood and I will not market in yours...

Could this be the first salvo in a wider marketing turf war for the 'tween the Beltways football fan?  There is a lot of money in Howard, Anne Arundel and even Northeastern Monkey County - a lot of folks with a lot of discretionary income to by jerseys, hats, etc.

Let's face it, the Ravens are up right now and the Redskins are coming off a 4-12 season and a recent history of mostly sub .500 football.  Yeah, there is excitement because of Shanahan and McNabb, but that is tempered by Haynesworth (this season's version of the Stubblefield fiasco).

So maybe Stevie B. felt now was the time to strike as it is easier to break into the Redskins market *before* they get good (and the theory is they are going to get better with the aforementioned additions plus Cerato being shown the door) as opposed to after.  Could we see a Redskins store opening up at Columbia or Annapolis Mall(s)?  Would Danny Boy dare step foot in Arundel Mills Mall???

These are two (relatively) young, bright (at least in the business world), with egos to match, owners, who are both self-made, both have more money than the Pope, and both see no challenge that is not insurmountable, including each other-!

On a tangent, I heard an interview a couple of weeks ago were Stevie B. mentioned that if he could, he would essentially (my words now as do not remember the exact quote) buy *all* the free agents, if he could.  Now this comment raised some flags in my mind: mostly good, but a few bad.  First and foremost, that he is willing to spend the money necessary to not only have a winner, but to stay competitive.  I am heartened by the fact that if the upcoming NFL labor agreement moves to a more NBA-like "soft"cap versus the current NFL "hard" cap, then that bodes extremely well for the Ravens.  I personally think that is how the negotiations will go because I think players, with owners like Jerry Jones et al, while recognizing the needed notion of some restraint, want a lot more freedom as they believe they each can come out on top: the players get more money; Jerry Jones and their ilk think they can win the SuperBowl mor eoften with a little more salary "latitude".

The only downside I see is Stevie B. turning into a Jerry Jones or a George Steinbrenner type owner.  But, I have not seen anything in Stevie B's past that makes me think he would morph into one of those.

Closing the loop on this, if you are going to toss hundred million dollar contracts around like Frisbees at a hippie commune, you need revenue; you need to expand your market.  This radio move could that first step in expanding the Raven's market.

The opinions posted here are those of the administrator of this blog and his loyal readers. They are in no way official comments from the team, and should not be misconstued as such, even though he thinks he could do just as well or even a better job!

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