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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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Warriors Fans Throw Objects At Charles Barkley On Inside the NBA Set

“Barkley yelled back at the crowd but never actually left the set.”

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Charles Barkley is no stranger to being the object of fans’ ire. The cities of San Antonio and Cleveland have a history of being the butt of the Round Mound of Rebound’s jokes. Thursday night in San Francisco, fans of the Warriors took things to a different level, throwing objects at Barkley on the Inside the NBA set.

The TNT studio show was broadcasting live from outside the Chase Center. The crowd chanted “Chuck, you suck!” at Barkley before the game. After Golden State clinched a birth in the NBA Finals, things got physical.

Fans threw things at the set, including a rolled-up t-shirt, which hit Charles Barkley in the back of the head. That resulted in Barkley leaving his seat and bowing up to the audience.

“Come on Chuck!” Ernie Johnson pleaded as Kenny Smith repeatedly said “Sit down Chuck.”

Barkley yelled back at the crowd but never actually left the set.

Now that the Western Conference Finals are over, TNT’s NBA schedule has concluded. That doesn’t mean Charles Barkley won’t return to San Francisco for the NBA Finals, but it is highly unlikely given the reception he has received there.

Barkley spent most of the postseason telling Golden State fans they were annoying and need to shut up and saying the city of San Francisco has “dirty ass streets”.

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Jon Miller To Call MLB Sunday Leadoff Game On Peacock

“According to a press release, Jason Benetti has a scheduling conflict.”

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Legendary play-by-play man Jon Miller will be returning to the national broadcast booth on Sunday. He will call the San Francisco Giants vs. Cincinnati Reds game for Peacock. He’ll be joined in the booth by Barry Larkin and Shawn Estes.

According to a press release, Jason Benetti has a scheduling conflict. Benetti, the regular play-by-play voice of Peacock’s MLB Sunday Leadoff, is also the television voice of the Chicago White Sox. NBC Sports Chicago has prioritized this weekend’s series between the White Sox and Cubs, making Benetti unavailable to the national broadcast.

Miller has been calling Giants games since 1997 and previously shared the Sunday Night Baseball booth on ESPN with hall of famer Joe Morgan.

The broadcast, called MLB Sunday Leadoff, will begin at 11 a.m. with pregame coverage hosted by Ahmed Fareed. The game broadcast begins at 11:30 a.m.

The game will take place in an exclusive two-hour broadcast window prior to the start of the rest of the league’s day of games.

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Amazon Eyeing Pat McAfee For Thursday Night Football Megacast

“No deal is done yet. A source tells McCarthy that it hinges on McAfee’s very busy schedule, but a Megacast is appealing to the former punter.’

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First it was the Mannings. Now it’s McAfee. Michael McCarthy of Front Office Sports reports that Pat McAfee could be at the center of an alternate broadcast of Thursday Night Football on Amazon in the 2022 season.

No deal is done yet. A source tells McCarthy that it hinges on McAfee’s very busy schedule, but a Megacast is appealing to the former punter.

Rumors of Amazon’s interest in McAfee began to bubble up last month. While he never directly addressed them, he did make mention on his show that he was “up to something” and insinuated that Amazon wasn’t the only company he was talking to.

McAfee has said on his show in the past that he wants to be part of an NFL broadcast. However, he is firm in that it would not be in the broadcast booth.

“I can’t call games. Not yet,” McAfee said on a show in February. “Have to be done with this show to call games. Because that’s like a 3-day, 4-day thing.” 

In addition to his daily show, McAfee is also committed to the WWE. He is on the road for Smackdown every Friday.

There is no word on exactly what a Pat McAfee-centered broadcast would look like. When reports first came out regarding discussions with McAfee, Ryan Glasspiegel of The New York Post reported that moving The Pat McAfee Show to Amazon was on the table. If that happens, it would make sense to use his entire crew on the Thursday Night Football presentation.

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