[OPINION] Legally Speaking: Who won in D-backs and Maricopa County decision?

The interior of Chase Field, the home of the Arizona Diamondbacks. /Cronkite News Photo/Jacob Stanek

By Monica Lindstrom | KTAR

(Editor’s note: Opinion pieces are published for discussion purposes only.)

A dispute between the Arizona Diamondbacks and Maricopa County over Chase Field in downtown Phoenix will head to arbitration, a judge ruled Thursday.

If you ask them, they will each claim victory. Maricopa County Superior Court Judge Karen Mullins issued her latest ruling in this landlord-tenant dispute sending the case to arbitration.

What is arbitration? It is a form of alternative dispute resolution. Instead of a judge in a courtroom deciding the matter, a private-neutral third party is hired to decide the dispute. When it comes to the Arizona Diamondbacks and Maricopa County, the contract requires a “panel” of three arbitrators: a neutral evaluator, a panelist selected by the D-backs and one selected by Maricopa County.

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