Marty Niland has been covering sports and other news professionally for more than 30 years, including almost 10 years at The Associated Press. While there, he was part of the team that covered the Washington Nationals as they brought baseball back to the nation's capital. His stories included team coverage of the first Nats home game; the dispute between MASN and Comcast that caused games to be blacked out in the DC area; the marathon D.C. Council session where the ballpark lease was rejected, then approved; and team coverage of the selection of the ownership group led by Ted Lerner. Marty also wrote for Outside Pitch, a Baltimore Orioles fan magazine, during the 1990s, and Ravens Report, the official publication of the Baltimore Ravens, during the team's inaugural season in 1996. He covered the Ravens as a daily beat reporter for States News Service and footballinsiders.com from 1996-1999 and landed some stories about the Ravens in The Washington Post.