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NEW YORK — Major League Baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred says the Mid-Atlantic Sports Network will eventually be forced to pay increased rights fees to the Washington Nationals.

Both teams own stakes in MASN, and the Orioles hold a controlling interest. When they could not agree on the Nationals’ rights fees for 2012-16, the dispute went to MLB’s three-man Revenue Sharing Definitions Committee.

After the committee ruled last summer the Nationals should receive about $298 million for the five-year period, MASN and the Orioles sued, complaining the process was tainted. Justice Lawrence K. Marks issued a preliminary injunction preventing the Nationals from ending the deal and listened to arguments this week. The Orioles want the RSDC decision thrown out.

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“I think the agreement’s clear in MASN,” Manfred said Thursday. “I think the RSDC was empowered to set rights fees. That’s what they did, and I think sooner or later MASN is going to be required to pay those rights fees.”

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