Tennis Channel Suffers Setback in Legal Battle With Comcast

Sep 5, 2013  •  Post A Comment

The District of Columbia Circuit Court of Appeals on Wednesday denied the Tennis Channel’s attempt to get a new hearing in its legal battle against Comcast, reports the Los Angeles Times.

Comcast won a court victory in May when a court ruled that the Tennis Channel had failed to prove that Comcast had discriminated against it by putting it in a higher-priced sports tier with fewer customers, the story adds.

That decision effectively reversed a finding by the FCC that Comcast had illegally put the Tennis Channel at a competitive disadvantage.

The Tennis Channel said in a statement Wednesday that it was disappointed with the ruling.

"The U.S. Circuit Court decision today effectively strips the FCC of the ability to perform the role Congress requires," the channel said. "Tennis Channel takes very seriously Congress’ goal of a fair, open marketplace where diverse, independent voices are afforded the opportunity to compete on a level playing field based on their own merit. Many in the industry have recognized that if Comcast owned Tennis Channel instead of Golf Channel, the tables would be turned. We are disappointed with this result and intend to pursue further review.”

Comcast said it was "gratified" by the ruling.

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