As you celebrate Independence Day, think of this.
Yasiel Puig. Yu Darvish. Yoenis Cespedes. Hisashi Iwakuma.
Just a few of the international free agents the Nats did not (or could not) sign. Perhaps with a market-rate TV rights deal in place, they could have done so. But, because of the MASN deal, the Nats don’t even get close to half of their TV revenue–the bulk goes to the Orioles.