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01/04/2006 5:15 PM ET
MLB files for mediation over D.C. stadium dispute
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Major League Baseball today filed a claim with the American Arbitration Association for mediation of a dispute over the construction of a ballpark along the Anacostia waterfront in Southeast Washington, D.C., as required by the Baseball Stadium Agreement (BSA), signed by the District and enacted into legislation by the D.C. Council a year ago last December.

The BSA set December 31, 2005 as a deadline for three critical steps to insuring long-term success for the Washington Nationals: acquisition of the land necessary for the new ballpark, sale of bonds, and execution of the lease agreement. Each step was an essential representation of the District upon which Major League Baseball relied in awarding the franchise to the District of Columbia.

Major League President Bob DuPuy said: "Now that the December 31st deadline for signing a lease on the new ballpark site has passed, we believe the best way to move the process forward for the benefit of the District's baseball fans is through the mediation process. It is our contractual right to seek mediation as a tool to convince the parties to fulfill their obligations as set forth in the contract that was agreed to more than a year ago."

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