An appellate court in New York has lifted a stay in an ongoing legal dispute between the Mid-Atlantic Sports Network and the Washington Nationals related to TV money, allowing an arbitration hearing to proceed.

Four judges ruled unanimously Tuesday to allow the American Arbitration Association to hear arguments over whether MASN, which has the exclusive broadcast rights to the Nationals and Baltimore Orioles but is controlled by the Orioles, must pay out a dividend to the Nationals of between $5 million and $10 million, according to people familiar with the case.

In April, a New York State Court had denied the Nationals’ request for Major League Baseball to rule on the matter, with the network arguing that Major League Baseball has a fiduciary stake in the Nationals. MLB gave the Nationals a $25 million loan related to a larger legal battle over television rights fees in 2013.

“The logic of this provision is clear; to permit otherwise would, as the motion court observed, allow MLB, a potentially conflicted party, to determine whether it itself had a financial interest in one of the parties …” Tuesday’s decision said.

The decision was separate from a larger dispute between the network and the Nationals over rights fees. In August, a New York state judge upheld a ruling by an MLB panel that awarded the Nationals tens of millions of dollars in additional rights fees from recent years. That decision has been appealed by MASN.

“We appreciate the … speedy unanimous confirmation of [the] decision in the trial court,” MASN attorney Jonathan Schiller wrote in a statement. “We look forward to the next proceeding before the independent AAA arbitral tribunal.”

The Nationals did not reply to a request for comment.

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