Some previous relevant links:
Washington Times: TV Deal partners O's / Nationals (4/1/05)
Baltimore Sun: MASN dilemma continues to simmer (7/13/12)
The gulf could hardly be wider in a dispute between the Orioles and Washington Nationals over media rights fees that has dragged on for months.
The issue of how much more money the first-place Nationals deserve in annual rights fees from the Mid-Atlantic Sports Network (MASN) — which televises both teams' games — has been unsettled since winter and remains before a committee of three Major League Baseball owners.
The matter of how MASN divides up its money is critically important to both teams.
The Orioles' majority stake in MASN — the team currently holds 87 percent — was designed to ensure the club's long-term viability after the Nationals arrived in 2005 into what was once exclusively Orioles' territory. The Orioles say MASN profits and fees enable the club to recoup money lost because of the presence of a second team in the Baltimore-Washington region...
Washington Post: Washington Nationals, Baltimore Orioles split over MASN cable TV rights fee (8/14/12)
Extrapolated over the next 20 years, MASN and the Orioles have offered the Nationals a deal in which the rights fees would increase about 7.7 percent each year, according to the person familiar with the contract. In total, the 20-year average for their proposed deal calls for a rights fee average of approximately $71 million a year.
With the increases in their equity stake in MASN, the Nationals would receive an average of about $100 million each year, giving the overall proposal a value of more than $2 billion, according to the person familiar with the proposal.
105.7: MASN Negotiations w/ O's & Nats (Audio, 8/18/12)
"James Wagner of the Washington Post joined The Norris & Davis Show to talk about how the MASN deals affect area teams."
PressBox: Nationals Seek Larger Share Of MASN's Baseball Money (10/11/12)
Washington Post: Nationals, Orioles split over MASN rights fees continues (10/18/12)
Sports Business Daily: Fox Sports goes hard for rights, additional RSNs (12/312)
Fox’s efforts to land the Mid-Atlantic Sports Network, where Orioles owner Peter Angelos serves as majority owner, are not moving as smoothly. Sources say Fox has spent the past several months in on-again, off-again talks to acquire all or part of MASN, which holds the rights to the Orioles and Nationals. Fox currently is not in that market and this would fit with its strategy to build on its RSN business.
Comcast, which operates Comcast SportsNet Mid-Atlantic, also had preliminary talks, which sources say did not progress far.
Several sources described those negotiations as currently off, saying that Angelos opted not to sell the RSN.
Fox’s involvement in talks with MASN came at MLB’s urging, sources said. MASN still is involved in a rights fee dispute with the Nationals. That dispute hasn’t been resolved, though both parties met at MLB’s New York offices last week. MLB hoped that a deal with Fox would solve the dispute. MASN and Fox have not met for several weeks, and no further talks are scheduled.
Baltimore Sun: O's deny possible MASN sale (12/3/12)
Washington Post: MLB seeks creative solution to MASN rights fees dispute (12/13/12)
PressBox: MASN, Nationals Still Locked In Dispute About Rights Fees (6/4/13)
NBC Sports / Hardball Talk: MLB kicks money to the Nationals to keep them from suing over the MASN deal (2/5/14)
BSL: Ownership Economics (2/6/14)
Camden Depot: Comparing The Nationals/Orioles Media Deal To Other Teams' Media Deals (3/4/14)
Camden Depot: Explaining the Nationals / MASN dispute (3/11/14)
Camden Depot: Possible Solutions to MASN conflict and a Summary (3/18/14)
Washington Post: Selig says MASN negotiations could be resolved by January 2015 (7/15/14)