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Orioles and Nationals head for mediation in MASN dispute

New York Supreme Court Justice Lawrence Marks has ordered Major League Baseball franchises the Baltimore Orioles and Washington Nationals to mediate over a long-running dispute that centres on US regional cable-television broadcaster MASN.

The two parties have agreed to engage in mediation on April 12-13.

In November, a New York judge threw out an arbitration decision that stated MASN, which is controlled by the Orioles, owed the Nationals $298m (€270m).

MASN filed a lawsuit against the arbitration process in the New York State Supreme Court in 2014. The action claimed that the arbitration was improper because the law company that represented the Nationals, Proskauer Rose, had also worked for MLB and the teams of all three arbitrators.

The arbitration process had focused on a dispute of the value of the Nationals’ broadcast rights from 2012 to 2016.