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Implementing a condition imposed when two cable TV giants were permitted to carve up bankrupt Adelphia Communications Corp., FCC members Monday ordered an agency administrative law judge to gear up to resolve the dispute between Comcast Corp. and the sport channel that carries Washington Nationals baseball games.

Rather than undergoing the administrative hearing, however, the FCC said owners of the Mid-Atlantic Sports Network may instead submit the dispute to a professional arbitrator as stipulated by the commission’s order approving the carveup of Adelphia by Comcast and Time Warner Inc. in July. If MASN declines to pursue arbitration, the FCC will then require the ALJ to move forward with the hearing.

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