Last fall, I blogged about the case brought by Tennis Channel and the FCC against Comcast, alleging discrimination against the tennis network. The FCC ordered Comcast to provide equal treatment to the network, but the D.C. Circuit Court granted a stay of implementation, holding that the Commission did not have authority to issue this order.
Now, TC and the FCC are facing another hurdle: the SOL (statute of limitations for bringing the case).
The news of Lance Armstrong’s confession to using performance enhancing drugs is being heard all around the world. Tennis players, competing in the Australian Open, have also weighed in on this controversy.
Earlier this year, I wrote a blog post about the Hall of Fame investigating allegations of doubles champion Bob Hewitt sexually abusing girls he coached. Over the summer, the Hall of Fame hired lawyers to look into these claims. Additionally, the Hall of Fame was tasked with decision of whether or not to strip Hewitt of his Hall of Fame status.
In May 2012, Bulgarian tennis player Dimitar Kutrovsky was banned for 2 years, after he tested positive for a banned stimulant, methylhexaneamine at the SAP Open in Februrary.
On October 12, Kutrovsky’s ban was reduced to 15 months due, in part, to testimony from Andy Roddick. Roddick testified via a phone call on August 30, 2012 (the day he announced his retirement from professional tennis) as to Kutrovsky’s character.
I recently wrote a blog for Cardozo’s Arts & Entertainment Law Journal about the FCC ruling regarding the Comcast v. Tennis Channel case. Check it out at the link above!
I remember the first time I watched Andy Roddick play tennis. In 2004, as a 14 year old, I was unimpressed by his reputation as being a brash, flashy young tennis player who won the US Open at the age of 21. But one day in June, while watching the Wimbledon final, I realized “this guy is pretty good.” And suddenly, I found myself drawn to the young American, ranked #2 in the world, who was battling world #1 Roger Federer. And since then, I’ve been hooked.
Sometimes umpires are in the wrong.
On Tuesday, Lois Goodman, 70, was issued a felony arrest warrant from prosecutors in Los Angeles. Prosecutors alleged she murdered her husband four months earlier. This morning, The New York Times reported that she was arrested in her Manhattan hotel, where she was staying prior to the U.S. Open, which begins on Monday.
The Tennis Channel (TTC), which was founded in 2003, was engaged in disputes with Comcast since September, 2011 regarding a proposal TTC made with the National Cable Television Cooperative. The agreement demanded a fee increase, and a request for TTC to be moved from the optional sports package to the digital basic package.
The tennis network, which showed complete coverage of Grand Slams, behind the scene interviews with tennis players, tennis tips and replays of “classic” matches, has benefitted from the ruling made on July 24th. The Tennis Channel complained that the provider discriminated against the network, and that “Comcast gave preferential treatment to two similar sports cable networks it owned - Versus (now NBC Sports Network) and Golf Channel - by placing them on more broadly distributed tiers.”