Washington Nationals News: Judge rules in favor of MASN and Orioles

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Good evening DoD readers and welcome to today’s District Daily. Get caught up on the latest Nats news and opinions with some great Washington Nationals articles from around the web below.

We start off today’s Daily with some bad news for the Nationals. As the Washington Post’s James Wagner writes in his article below, a New York Supreme Court judge ruled in favor of MASN and the Orioles in the ongoing dispute over TV rights between the two teams.

The ruling overturned an MLB decision that gave the Nationals millions of dollars in compensation for a current TV rights deal that many view as unfair for the Nationals. Despite the ruling, the dispute will likely continue in the future. According to Wagner, the Nationals are “assessing” the decision.

Also in today’s Daily, Thomas Boswell of the Washington Post discusses how Bryce Harper has reached out to Jonathan Papelbon this offseason. As we know, the two were involved in a dugout skirmish towards the end of the season that earned Papelbon a season-ending suspension. While there’s still a good chance that the Nationals will look to trade Papelbon this winter, it’s good to see that the two have moved on from the incident.

Be sure to check out both articles below, they’re definitely worth a read. And as always, stay tuned to DoD for all your Washington Nationals needs.

Judge rules in favor of MASN and Orioles, tosses out MLB panel’s ruling for Nats

(James Wagner, Washington Post)

A New York State Supreme Court judge on Wednesday tossed out a Major League Baseball arbitration decision that gave the Washington Nationals millions more in annual broadcast rights fees, a significant victory for the Baltimore Orioles-controlled network in the protracted dispute.

In vacating the June 2014 MLB decision, Justice Lawrence K. Marks suggested the Nationals and the Mid-Atlantic Sports Network settle the issue through an independent arbitrator or, if the concerns of impartiality are fixed, that they return to MLB’s arbitration panel. Read full article here.

Bryce Harper has reached out to Jonathan Papelbon, plus Dusty Baker’s experience in such matters

(Thomas Boswell, Washington Post)

When Dusty Baker is introduced as the new manager of the Washington Nationals on Thursday, he may have one fewer problem to worry about than most assume. Since the end of the season, Bryce Harper has reached out to Jonathan Papelbon to make sure their relationship as teammates is functional next season.

“Papelbon and Harper are fine together,” one person inside the Nationals said, referring to Harper’s phone call. “Harp just wants to win. All he cares about is that we have a 45-save relief pitcher who’s going to help us.” Read full article here.