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Montreal Expos

Judge tosses arbitration that said MASN owes Nats $298M

A New York state judge has thrown out an arbitration decision that said the Mid-Atlantic Sports Network, which is controlled by the Baltimore Orioles, owes the Washington Nationals about $298 million for the team's 2012-16 television rights.

MASN and the Orioles sued in New York State Supreme Court last year, claiming the arbitration was improper because the law firm Proskauer Rose, which represented the Nationals, at times worked for MLB and the teams of all three arbitrators.

Supreme Court Justice Lawrence K. Marks issued his ruling Wednesday, nearly six months after hearing arguments.

"MASN and the Orioles have established that their well-documented concerns...