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MASN asks appeals court for 'neutral forum' for TV rights dispute

The Orioles-controlled television network on Friday asked a New York appeals court to order that the network's TV rights dispute with the Washington Nationals be heard by a "neutral and independent forum."

Last month, a New York Supreme Court justice tossed out a Major League Baseball arbitration decision that would have compelled the Mid-Atlantic Sports Network to pay tens of millions of dollars a year more to the Nationals for the right to show their games.

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Concluding that MASN was denied a fair hearing, Justice Lawrence K. Marks vacated the decision and suggested the parties settle the matter through a "neutral dispute resolution process."

But Marks said he lacked authority to order the parties to arbitration, leaving open the possibility that the case could be heard again by Major League Baseball.

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That is the point on which MASN lawyers filed a limited appeal to the court's appelate division.

In a document filed with the court, MASN lawyers said that the network could not receive an objective hearing from Major League Baseball because MLB was involved in the case. The document said "high-ranking MLB officials who report directly to the Commissioner were intimately involved in every aspect of the arbitration."

Major League Baseball has argued that its arbitration process was fair.

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