By Lewis Gould
The battle between the Washington Nationals and MASN, the network that airs their games, continues its march through the legal system.
The dispute between the Nationals, the Baltimore Orioles, and the jointly owned MASN network over rights fees has been raging for years. Ever since a Major League Baseball revenue-sharing committee ruled for the Nationals in 2o14, the case has been working its way through New York courts. There have been curious allegations, multiple rulings, and appeals in the years since. Last August, a New York Supreme Court decided once again in favor of the Nationals, saying they should be paid $296.8 million by MASN for their television rights from 2012-2016 (The Nationals were paid $197.5 million over that time and believed they were owed the additional $100 million or so).
Per WaPo, the decision then went to the New York appeals court, where once again the decision was upheld in favor of the Washington franchise. And as expected, MASN plans to appeal this decision to New York’s appellate court.