New developments in NFL vs. Comcast battle!
Speaking of John Ourand and the NFL Network (see post below), click below for an update from him on the latest development in the legal skirmish between the NFL and cable giant Comcast.
I've got a bunch of e-mails on this topic in my inbox, but I finally have joined 99 percent of my readers in being too sick of this topic to think about it anymore, let alone write about it.Here is Ourand's story:
NFL Network received a rare bit of good news Tuesday when the New York Supreme Court reversed a lower court's ruling that would have allowed Comcast to tier the channel and remanded the case back to New York State Supreme Court Justice Bernard Fried. "Contrary to the motion court's finding, we conclude that the agreements are ambiguous with respect to the scope of the tiering provision and that neither party has established a definitive interpretation as a matter of law," the ruling stated. "Accordingly, the motion court's holding that the agreements unambiguously permit Comcast to tier NFL Network is reversed, and summary judgment is denied to both parties. In short, neither party has established that its interpretation of the relevant contracts is correct as a matter of law."
The NFL released a statement saying, "We are pleased that the lower court decision was reversed. We believe that today's decision ultimately will lead to the restoration of NFL Network service to the millions of fans who received it before the Network was moved to an expensive sports tier."
A Comcast spokesperson said, "We are pleased that the Appellate Court agreed that Comcast's main argument is a strong one and denied the NFL's request to enter judgment in their favor. We look forward to pressing ahead with discovery and trial in this case to vindicate our right to carry the NFL Network on a sports tier, which is the fairest and best result for our customers."