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Nationals Claim MASN Has Not Paid Rights Fees

“The Orioles are arguing the $25 million that MLB paid the Washington Nationals in 2005 makes the league a minority owner in the team.”

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The court battle between the Washington Nationals and MASN, the RSN owned by their regional rival Baltimore Orioles, rages on. Nationals ownership claims it has not received rights fees from MASN in over a year. It is just the latest turn in a long-running legal dispute.

When the Montreal Expos relocated to Washington, DC in 2005 MLB smoothed things over with Orioles owner Peter Angelos, who vehemently opposed another team coming into what had been exclusively the Orioles’ TV market, by allowing MASN to broadcast Nationals games at a discounted rate until 2011. The league then subsidized the Nationals with a $25 million payment.

After 2011, MASN was supposed to pay “fair market value” to the Nationals for their broadcast rights. They have been locked in a legal battle for a while to determine what “fair market value” actually is.

An MLB arbitration originally awarded the Nationals a judgement in the amount of $53 million, but in June of 2017, that ruling was thrown out by an appeals court, which ruled that the law firm representing the Nationals in the proceedings had a conflict of interest in that it represented Major League Baseball in other matters.

That judgement sent the matter back to the same Major League Baseball panel that arbitrated the dispute the first time around.

The Hollywood Reporter says this time each side is bringing a new complaint to the table. The Nationals claim that they have not received any rights fees payment from MASN in over a year. The Orioles are arguing the $25 million that MLB paid the Washington Nationals in 2005 makes the league a minority owner in the team. The Orioles want the arbitration case heard by the American Arbitration Association.

It is genuinely hard to tell if we are any closer to a resolution. Before anyone hears the Nationals’ and Orioles’ respective cases, the Nationals will argue that the AAA has no jurisdiction in the case, as the Nationals did not agree to take the case before it.

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3.72 Million Tune In To See LeBron James Break Scoring Record

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Lakers star LeBron James surpassed the NBA’s all-time scoring record on Tuesday night, and TNT benefitted from the milestone ratings wise.

According to Sports Media Watch, Tuesday night’s game averaged 2.98 million viewers. That figure made it TNT’s biggest regular season audience in over two years.

The broadcast peaked at 3.72 million around 11:45 p.m. when James passed Kareem Abdul-Jabbar for the record.

Reporting also indicated that the game was the number one single-network program on TV in key demographics.

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Disney Makes ESPN Independent Division In Corporate Restructuring

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Disney is in the process of reorganizing and restructuring the company, and details have emerged about the company’s plans for ESPN.

Deadline reported on Wednesday that ESPN will be one of three standalone segments comprising Disney. Entertainment and Parks, Experiences & Products are the other two segments.

The reorganization comes amid the exit of former CEO Bob Chapek and the re-entry of CEO Bob Iger. As one of Iger’s first moves back running Disney, he announced a restructuring of Disney Media & Entertainment Distribution.

It was also reported that Jimmy Pitaro will continue as the president of ESPN.

In total, more than 7,000 jobs will be eliminated after the restructuring.

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Roger Goodell: ‘Wouldn’t Surprise Me’ To See Thursday Night Football Move to Flex Scheduling

“Not today, but it’ll certainly be something that’s on our horizon.”

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In 2023, Monday Night Football will join Sunday Night Football in having the ability to flex NFL games into its window. NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell said Thursday Night Football could someday join that elite club.

During his “State of the League” speech Wednesday, Goodell said Thursday Night Football having the ability to flex matchups “wouldn’t at all surprise me”.

“Not today, but it’ll certainly be something that’s on our horizon,” the NFL Commissioner said.

ESPN bargained for the ability to move higher profile games into Monday Night Football during its negotiations with the league for the next television contract that begins this upcoming season.

NBC has long held the ability to shift a select number of games from earlier windows into the Sunday Night Football primetime slot.

Amazon Prime Video just completed the first of an 11-year contract that sees the streaming platform spend nearly $1 billion per year on the Thursday Night Football package.

One of the largest storylines of Amazon’s debut season with the NFL was the near-constant ridicule from play-by-play announcer Al Michaels over the lackluster TNF schedule. Michaels made headlines over several weeks for his candor on the lack of interesting matchups, going as far as to joke that if the schedule didn’t improve he would retire.

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