The AP reported the New York Court of Appeals has "agreed to hear the long-running dispute" between the Orioles and Nationals over "television rights fees" regarding MASN. An arbitration panel of baseball execs heard the case in '12 and ruled in '14 that the Nationals "were owed" $298.1M. A second panel of baseball execs ordered a "slightly lower payment" of $296.8M. That decision was "confirmed" in August '19 by New York Supreme Court Justice Joel Cohen. The Appellate Division of the Supreme Court for the First Department "affirmed Cohen’s decision last October," ruling the Orioles "failed to establish evident partiality in the second arbitration panel" (AP, 9/7).
IN THE RIGHTS: The AP's Stephen Wade notes some of the world’s largest broadcasters, including NBC, are "being asked by human rights groups to cancel plans to cover next year’s Winter Olympics in Beijing." The request comes in an "open letter from rights groups representing minorities in China, including Uyghurs, Tibetans, Hong Kong residents and others." The letter said the broadcasters risk “being complicit” in the “worsening human rights abuses” in China. This puts the "focus on the IOC and its choice of Beijing" (AP, 9/8).
TRUMP CARD: ESPN.com's Mike Coppinger noted former President Donald Trump has signed a contract with Triller to "provide commentary on a 'gamecast' of Saturday's boxing event headlined by Evander Holyfield vs. Vitor Belfort." His son, Donald Trump Jr., "will join him." Triller said that the Trumps will "call the entire four-fight telecast" that also includes Anderson Silva-Tito Ortiz and David Haye-Joe Fournier. Jim Lampley "will call the main telecast alongside former champion Shawn Porter" (ESPN.com, 9/7).