Baseball for the Thinking Fan

Login | Register | Feedback

btf_logo
You are here > Home > Baseball Newsstand > Baseball Primer Newsblog > Discussion
Baseball Primer Newsblog
— The Best News Links from the Baseball Newsstand

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

Reader Comments and Retorts

Go to end of page

Statements posted here are those of our readers and do not represent the BaseballThinkFactory. Names are provided by the poster and are not verified. We ask that posters follow our submission policy. Please report any inappropriate comments.

   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.

You must be Registered and Logged In to post comments.

 

 

<< Back to main

News

All News | Prime News

Old-School Newsstand


BBTF Partner

Support BBTF

donate

Thanks to
The Piehole of David Wells
for his generous support.

Bookmarks

You must be logged in to view your Bookmarks.

Hot Topics

NewsblogOT - NBA 2017-2018 Tip-off Thread
(1512 - 10:36pm, Nov 22)
Last: Tin Angel

NewsblogOT - 2017 NFL thread
(179 - 10:20pm, Nov 22)
Last: PASTE, Now with Extra Pitch and Extra Stamina

NewsblogOTP 20 November 2017: Sheriff’s official suspended 10 days over Cubs World Series sneak-in
(774 - 10:18pm, Nov 22)
Last: PreservedFish

NewsblogRyan Thibs has his HOF Ballot Tracker Up and Running!
(3 - 9:57pm, Nov 22)
Last: ajnrules

NewsblogJoe Morgan Wants To Keep Steroid Cheats Out Of Baseball Hall Of Fame | MLB | NESN.com
(175 - 9:52pm, Nov 22)
Last: cardsfanboy

NewsblogA Discussion of WAR Wherein I Ardently Attempt to Avoid any WAR-Related Puns | Sports-Reference.com
(48 - 9:10pm, Nov 22)
Last: cardsfanboy

NewsblogPrimer Dugout (and link of the day) 11-22-2017
(8 - 8:36pm, Nov 22)
Last: Infinite Yost (Voxter)

NewsblogProspectus Feature: Bill James vs. The Noise - Baseball Prospectus
(12 - 8:34pm, Nov 22)
Last: Toby

NewsblogChambliss Ready to Part With Bat and Ball That Sent Yankees to World Series
(32 - 7:51pm, Nov 22)
Last: The Yankee Clapper

NewsblogSources: MLB hammers Atlanta Braves, declaring 12 minor league players free agents
(84 - 7:17pm, Nov 22)
Last: You Know Nothing JT Snow (YR)

NewsblogOT - November* 2017 College Football thread
(195 - 4:40pm, Nov 22)
Last: TDF didn't lie, he just didn't remember

NewsblogFinding the best spot for Giancarlo Stanton
(10 - 4:06pm, Nov 22)
Last: Tom Nawrocki

NewsblogWhat's next for Maitan and other former Braves | MLB.com
(9 - 2:41pm, Nov 22)
Last: The Yankee Clapper

Hall of Merit2018 Hall of Merit Ballot Discussion
(250 - 11:52am, Nov 22)
Last: Mike Emeigh

NewsblogShohei Ohtani MLB posting deal reached | MLB.com
(3 - 11:30am, Nov 22)
Last: sotapop

Page rendered in 0.3021 seconds
47 querie(s) executed