Orioles ask court to refuse arbitration decision with Nats

Fri Jul 12 2:17pm ET
By RONALD BLUM
AP Baseball Writer

NEW YORK (AP) Lawyers for the Baltimore Orioles were met by skeptical questions from a judge they asked to reject an arbitration decision from baseball executives awarding the Washington Nationals $296.8 million for their television rights from 2012-16.

During a three-hour hearing Friday in New York Supreme Court, Justice Joel M. Cohen said he was reluctant to call ''balls and strikes'' and relitigate the long-running dispute.

Washington wants Cohen to confirm an April 15 award by a reconstituted Revenue Sharing Definitions Committee of three club executives. The committee's original 2014 decision was thrown out by a New York court because a law firm representing the Nationals also had represented teams of RSDC members. Baltimore has asked the New York Court of Appeals to reverse a New York Supreme Court Appellate Division decision in 2017 that sent the dispute back to the RSDC for a rehearing.

Cohen did not rule from the bench.

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