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Thursday, July 13, 2017

Nationals declare ‘major legal victory’ after court ruling vs. MASN

An appeals court has ruled that a committee of Major League Baseball owners and executives can determine the amount of rights fees the Washington Nationals can earn from television broadcasts of their games.

The Nationals declared Thursday that they’ve “won a major legal victory” with this ruling.

This is the latest chapter in a lengthy dispute between the Nationals and the Mid-Atlantic Sports Network, which is controlled by the Baltimore Orioles. MASN was established in March 2005 after the Montreal Expos relocated to Washington and became the Nationals, moving into what had been Baltimore’s exclusive broadcast territory since 1972.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: July 13, 2017 at 01:43 PM | 7 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
  Tags: legal, masn, nationals, television rights, territorial rights

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   1. The Yankee Clapper Posted: July 13, 2017 at 02:07 PM (#5493009)
From the Washington Post, a more detailed account:
The decision does not award the Nationals any money, nor end the heated and convoluted legal saga in which they and the Orioles have been deadlocked for years now. They will not get the $298 million the RSDC originally awarded them for their 2012-2016 rights in 2014. That decision was vacated in 2015, and the appeals court upheld that decision unanimously this week. So the money originally awarded the Nationals is no longer relevant. They will not get the money originally awarded them.

But this week’s decision does mean that, barring appeal, the Nationals will be able to return to the RSDC as they and the Orioles determine their rights fees for both the past five seasons and the next five. That committee — comprised of three MLB owners and executives — constantly changes makeup, and the court therefore ruled, 3-2, that while the last RSDC decision must be thrown out, a new committee might not present the same problems.
. . .
The most recent decision, announced on Wednesday, means the Nationals can go back to that RSDC for arbitration — the committee both teams made a contractual agreement to use when the Nationals first moved to D.C.

Unfortunately, the Orioles may appeal further, so we could still be a long way from a final resolution.
   2. SoSH U at work Posted: July 13, 2017 at 02:13 PM (#5493020)
That damn thing is still going on?
   3. Cargo Cultist Posted: July 13, 2017 at 02:33 PM (#5493038)
The Orioles remain overly greedy. Sigh.
   4. Jeff Frances the Mute Posted: July 13, 2017 at 02:39 PM (#5493053)
Unfortunately, the Orioles may appeal further, so we could still be a long way from a final resolution.


The Nationals will collect additional money over Angelos's dead body... which is a viable legal strategy when you are as old as Angelos.
   5. Walks Clog Up the Bases Posted: July 13, 2017 at 11:45 PM (#5493298)
Another curly W in the books, as it were...
   6. Cargo Cultist Posted: July 14, 2017 at 02:26 AM (#5493318)
It's only a victory if they get money out of it. It's too late for justice, money will have to do.
   7. PASTE, Now with Extra Pitch and Extra Stamina Posted: July 14, 2017 at 06:53 AM (#5493328)
They all wanted the money, and they all wanted it all.

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