EDIT from BSL: This has been a major topic on this board for some time. For the previous discussion, please see this thread: http://www.baltimore...etween-bal-was/
With this story now getting new life, I thought it was time for a new thread.
Hollywood Reporter: http://www.hollywood..._source=twitter
What's been untold until now is that on June 30, the MLB committee adjudicating the dispute issued its decision. The award favored the Nationals. That prompted attorneys for the parties to swing into high gear and Commissioner Selig to attempt to get out in front of the situation.
Selig, who owned the Milwaukee Brewers before becoming commissioner and whose efforts to keep this all under wraps has included sending the Nationals money, then advises about the consequences about taking the dispute beyond the inner sanctum of baseball:
"Both the Orioles and the Nationals have at various times made threats to institute litigation in connection with this dispute, despite my office's extended, good-faith efforts to have this matter resolved by agreement. On a personal note, I owned a Club for decades and I can honestly say that under no circumstances would I have threatened, let alone commenced, litigation against Baseball. Please be advised that nothing in the Agreement authorizes the parties to file any lawsuit... I want there to be no doubt that, if any party initiates any lawsuit, or fails to act in strict compliance with the procedures set forth in the Agreement concerning the [Revenue Sharing Definitions Committee of Major League Baseball]'s decision, I will not hesitate to impose the strongest sanctions available to me under the Major League Constitution."
Despite Selig's stern warning, and notwithstanding confidence he projected publicly, the attorneys for the parties began firing off shots at each other, with Selig cc'd.
All this means that secrets have been spilled with ramifications to be determined at a moment when the value of TV rights deals is skyrocketing and the league is dealing with a TV carriage impasse involving the Los Angeles Dodgers and Time Warner Cable.
We've asked MLB whether Selig intends to follow up on his "strongest sanctions" threat. According to Article II of the MLB Constitution, the MLB Commissioner's powers include "suspension or removal of any owner, officer or employee of a Major League Club." The league once basically forced former Dodgers owner Frank McCourt to sell the team. If MLB chooses to respond to THR's inquiry, we'll update.