One of the most powerful owners in pro sports is waging a legal war against Comcast, alleging that the cable giant is bullying one of his regional sports networks.
The Hollywood Reporter’s THR, Esq. reports that Stan Kroenke’s Altitude Sports filed an antitrust complaint against Comcast on Monday in Colorado. The complaint stems from a negotiating impasse that has kept Comcast’s subscribers from seeing most Denver Nuggets and Colorado Avalanche games.
“Altitude Sports is one of the entities affiliated with Kroenke’s sports empire,” THR notes. “He also owns the NFL’s Los Angeles Rams as well as Arsenal in the U.K.’s Premier League. Unlike other RSNs, Altitude is independent of any cable or satellite distributor.”
Altitude has also been involved recently in tough negotiations with DirecTV and Dish, among others, THR notes.
“Altitude’s latest salvo is a lawsuit about six weeks after the regional sports network went dark on Comcast for the first time in 15 years,” THR reports.
The report quotes the complaint stating: “During the same fifteen years of the relationship between Comcast and Altitude, Comcast has acquired independent RSNs all over the country in order to reduce competition for the licensing of sports programming. Comcast has also engaged in a series of large mergers and acquisitions that strengthen its control over multichannel television distribution in the Denver DMA and around the country.”
The complaint alleges that Comcast wants to take over regional sports production in Denver, THR adds.