Manny Acosta

Court: MLB committee can determine Nationals' rights fees

A committee of Major League Baseball owners and executives can determine how much money the Washington Nationals should receive from the Baltimore Orioles for television broadcasts of their games, an appeals court ruled Thursday.

The Nationals called it "a major legal victory," a claim the Orioles disputed.

The 3-2 decision by the New York State Supreme Court Appellate Division in Manhattan is the latest chapter in the long-running dispute between the Nationals and the Orioles-controlled Mid-Atlantic Sports Network. MASN was established in 2005 after the Montreal Expos relocated to Washington and became the Nationals, moving into what had been Baltimore's exclusive...