This shouldn’t come as a surprise to anyone following the ups and downs of the future of the sale of the Washington Nationals, but now it looks like it is somewhat official.
According to an article in Sports Business Journal, “The Nationals sales process has officially been paused, according to three sources with knowledge of the situation. Though the Lerner family remains intent on a sale of the team, the auction process has been halted to not distract current team management and ownership from operating the franchise for the 2023 season. Multiple sources said the expectation is for the sale process to resume in earnest following the conclusion of the season. The Nationals were first announced to be for sale in April of last year.”
The article mentions that “the core reason for the prolonged sale process is the Nationals’ ongoing legal dispute with the Orioles over MASN, the RSN of which they share ownership. The teams have disagreed over the value of rights fees owed to the Nationals, which own around 24% of MASN.