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Saturday, November 16, 2019

Judge says MASN should pay Nats based on MLB panel decision

NEW YORK (AP) — A judge has ordered lawyers for the Nationals and Baltimore Orioles to submit a proposed judgment of what the Mid-Atlantic Sports Network should pay Washington for television rights from 2012-16 based on the decision issued in April by an arbitration panel of three baseball executives.

New York Supreme Court Justice Joel M. Cohen wrote in a decision issued Thursday that MASN should pay the Nationals the $296.8 million recommended by the panel, minus rights fees MASN already has paid for that five-year period. Cohen said the clerk of the court should calculate interest on the net amount from April 15 through the date the remaining money is paid.

Cohen heard renewed arguments Tuesday and denied a motion by the Nationals to reargue the case that led to his Aug. 22 decision to confirm the arbitration award. He said the sides should jointly submit a proposed judgment by Nov. 21 and also said the Orioles are not precluded from seeking recalculations of MASN profit distributions.

The latest update in a long-running dispute.

 

QLE Posted: November 16, 2019 at 12:35 AM | 11 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
  Tags: masn, nationals, orioles

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   1. Rough Carrigan Posted: November 16, 2019 at 11:47 AM (#5901627)
Wait, is this a network controlled by an asbestos lawyer not paying out all the money it should have?
   2. Swoboda is freedom Posted: November 16, 2019 at 03:57 PM (#5901687)
Wait, why should Aaron Judge's opinion matter? He is a good player and all, but...
   3. The Yankee Clapper Posted: November 17, 2019 at 03:03 AM (#5901786)
Cohen heard renewed arguments Tuesday and denied a motion by the Nationals to reargue the case that led to his Aug. 22 decision to confirm the arbitration award.
Fake News - it was the Orioles who filed the unsuccessful motion attempting to reargue the case.
   4. Bote Man Posted: November 18, 2019 at 02:42 AM (#5901895)
Angelos should be able to pay this sum handily, once he sells the Orioles.
   5. Rally Posted: November 18, 2019 at 01:18 PM (#5902043)
How long before the Nats have the chance to opt out of this and create their own channel, free from accounting gimmicks and lawsuits?
   6. Jeff Frances the Mute Posted: November 18, 2019 at 01:51 PM (#5902051)
How long before the Nats have the chance to opt out of this and create their own channel, free from accounting gimmicks and lawsuits?

Allegedly, the deal doesn't have an end date. They are stuck with the accounting gimmicks and lawsuits for the forseeable future.
   7. Ziggy is done with Dominican discotheques Posted: November 18, 2019 at 02:09 PM (#5902054)
Any idea if giving up territorial rights to DC was, in the end, a winning proposition? Not that they're doing much to win over local fans, but having a World Series winner down there can't be good news for the Orioles. (Especially since it doesn't seem like they can just take the TV revenue.)
   8. Rally Posted: November 18, 2019 at 02:20 PM (#5902065)
Allegedly, the deal doesn't have an end date. They are stuck with the accounting gimmicks and lawsuits for the forseeable future.


I did not know something like that was even legal. Sure, some contracts are extreme long term, like the Rays' stadium situation which has been in effect forever, but even that is over within the next decade.

Hard to fathom that Ted Lerner's great grandkids, assuming the team stays in the family, will still be stuck with this process. Maybe they can break out of it by moving back to Montreal for a year?
   9. Jeff Frances the Mute Posted: November 18, 2019 at 02:30 PM (#5902070)
I did not know something like that was even legal. Sure, some contracts are extreme long term, like the Rays' stadium situation which has been in effect forever, but even that is over within the next decade.

Hard to fathom that Ted Lerner's great grandkids, assuming the team stays in the family, will still be stuck with this process. Maybe they can break out of it by moving back to Montreal for a year?

Yes it does not seem like this situation is tenable for the long term. I suspect that MLB plans to clean this up after Angelos sells the team/dies.
   10. What did Billy Ripken have against ElRoy Face? Posted: November 18, 2019 at 02:58 PM (#5902080)
I did not know something like that was even legal.
Depends very much on the exact language of the contract. If the termination date is not specified or conditioned upon some concrete event, courts generally consider the agreement terminable at will by either party. However, if the intent of the parties appears to be to have a contract of indefinite duration, it can be enforceable as such.
   11. The Yankee Clapper Posted: November 18, 2019 at 03:11 PM (#5902088)
How long before the Nats have the chance to opt out of this and create their own channel, free from accounting gimmicks and lawsuits?
The Nationals would have to establish that MASN, i.e. the Orioles, had breached the original contract terms, allowing the Nats to get out of the deal. MLB or a court could do that if MASN continues to balk at living up to its contractual obligation to pay the Nationals fair market value for their broadcast rights. If you believe the nonsense from MASN about how they’d go broke if they had to pay the Nationals more than they did, you’d think the Orioles would be happy to dissolve the arrangement. That they aren’t open to that should tell you all you need to know.

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