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Written by The Staff   
Friday, 08 June 2007 07:47

MASNMid-Atlantic Sports Network (MASN) has filed for arbitration with Time Warner in an attempt to force them to carry the network in "the Triangle"-- a metropolitan area/region in the Piedmont of North Carolina in the United States, anchored by the cities of Raleigh and Durham, and the town of Chapel Hill. As reported by the News & Observer:

MASN, which is controlled by the Orioles, has the TV rights to Major League Baseball in Eastern North Carolina and is carried in the Raleigh-Durham market by DirecTV and Dish Network but not Time Warner, despite more than two years of negotiations.

When the Federal Communications Commission approved the partitioning of bankrupt cable system Adelphia by Time Warner and Comcast, it gave regional sports networks the right to take cable providers to arbitration if they refused to carry the networks.

That provision was designed to find a solution in the Washington market, where Nationals games were unavailable on local cable during the team's first two seasons because Comcast refused to carry MASN. A settlement was reached in that dispute in August.

According to the request filed with the American Arbitration Association by MASN, negotiations with Time Warner broke down over MASN's demand to be carried on basic or expanded cable (like ESPN or Fox Sports Net South) while Time Warner was only willing to negotiate over space on its digital system (like ESPNews or Fox Soccer Channel).

Time Warner's responce is that MASN is not "regional" to North Carolina and therefore ineligible for arbitration under the FCC provisions.

 
 
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