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Volume 24 No. 113
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MASN-Nationals Dispute Heads To New York Supreme Court

The New York State Supreme Court this morning will hold a hearing in Manhattan on MASN’s bid to gain a preliminary injunction against a June 30 MLB arbitration decision that would boost the Nationals’ annual TV rights fees from the RSN from about $41M to about $60M. MASN earlier this month gained a temporary restraining order keeping the decision from taking effect. MASN has argued the arbitration award is the result of a “corrupted and biased process” that also fails to honor the process laid out in an '05 agreement between MLB and the Orioles, MASN’s majority owner, to set the Nationals’ right fees.

MASN also filed additional material with the court last week in advance of today’s hearing, arguing that if the MLB award for the Nationals is upheld, it would all but eliminate the network’s cash reserves.