By ERIC FISCHER | August 1, 2014 | Sports Business Daily
Both MASN and the Nationals have filed preservation rights petitions with a N.Y. court designed to either vacate or confirm a recent, private MLB arbitration ruling favoring the Nationals in their ongoing media rights disputes, several industry sources said.
Those motions had to be made within 30 days of the June 30 decision, enabling either party to go to court later if so chooses, and both sides are awaiting a judge’s ruling for how long it is allowed to continue negotiating privately before a formal suit must be brought forward.
Those negotiations in the multiyear dispute have now reached a more heightened state, sources said, as MLB is particularly loathe to avoid a public suit. But the Orioles dispute the ruling for the Nationals on two primary fronts.