Arbitrator Removed in Time Warner, MASN Dispute
An arbitrator who last month ruled that Time Warner Cable was discriminating against a regional sports network that carries Baltimore Orioles and Washington Nationals baseball games has been removed from the dispute.Posted — Updated
Mid-Atlantic Sports Network has waged a high-profile battle with Time Warner for months to get the network onto the cable system's basic tier of service so the programming could be seen by more people.
In addition to Orioles and Nationals games, the network carries more than 200 football, basketball and lacrosse games involving North Carolina universities, officials have said.
Jerome Sussman, an arbitrator appointed by the Federal Communications Commission, determined last month that Time Warner was discriminating against MASN by limiting the network's audience. He was to review offers made by the two sides to determine the fair market value of moving the network into wider distribution on the cable system.
But the American Arbitration Association removed Sussman from the case Thursday under a rule that arbitrators remain impartial and independent. A new arbitrator hasn't been appointed to handle the case.
MASN spokesman Todd Webster said the arbitration association refused to vacate Sussman's earlier ruling, so the process of expanding the network's presence on Tim Warner's system in North Carolina will continue.
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