Washington Nationals, Baltimore Orioles split over MASN cable TV rights fee

By JAMES WAGNER | August 14, 2012 | The Washington Post

Since baseball returned to Washington in 2005, the Nationals and Baltimore Orioles have tried to develop a rivalry on the field, even as — until this season — both languished at the bottom of the standings. But off the field, a more important and far more bitter dispute rages over the Nationals’ television rights and how much they are now worth.

The Orioles control those rights, an arrangement unique in professional sports that essentially gives a rival franchise 45 miles to the north a say in how much the Nationals have to spend on virtually every aspect of their organization.

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