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Orioles, Nationals in Court Over TV Revenue Dispute

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By RONALD BLUM
AP Baseball Writer

NEW YORK (AP)- The Baltimore Orioles, Washington Nationals and Major League Baseball are in court in a dispute over television rights fees.

The Mid-Atlantic Sports Network was established in 2005 after the Montreal Expos relocated to Washington and became the Nationals. The team moved into what had been Baltimore's exclusive broadcast territory since 1972.

Baltimore has majority control of the network. When the sides couldn't agree on the Nationals' rights fees for 2012-16, the teams appeared before an MLB panel.

The panel said last June the network should pay the Nationals about $298 million from 2012-16. When the network didn't comply, the Nationals tried to end the agreement. The Orioles sued, contending a conflict because of a law firm involved.

A judge last August blocked the Nationals from ending the rights deal while the case proceeds in New York Supreme Court.

 

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