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MASN Will Pay Nationals $100M To Settle Part Of Rights Fee Dispute

Jun 21, 2023

The Baltimore Orioles-controlled MASN will pay the Washington Nationals about $100 million to resolve part of a legal dispute stretching for more than a decade, industry sources confirmed to Front Office Sports, bringing an element of peace into one of Major League Baseball’s thorniest issues.

The regional sports network’s payment will follow a series of rulings by MLB and several New York State courts, including as recently as April, affirming MASN owed the Nationals roughly that much in incremental rights fees for the 2012-16 seasons.

MASN had long argued the rulings were wrong and that making the payment would imperil network profitability. But the settlement allows the two sides to move on to determining fees still due for subsequent seasons.

Source: Front Office Sports

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