Comcast prevails in court; Can put NFL Network on sports tier

Fri, 05/11/2007 - 8:32am
Brian Santo

A Manhattan Supreme Court justice ruled that Comcast can place the NFL Network within a premium sports tier.

The decision reasserts the right of an MSO to bundle channels in the way that makes the most sense for the operator. Putting the NFL Network within a premium sports tier would encourage football fans to sign up for an additional service for an additional fee of $5 a month.

The NFL, meanwhile, loses its chance for the widest possible audience for its network. The league sued Comcast last year when Comcast tried to put the NFL Network on a sports tier. The NFL intends to appeal the ruling.

The ruling was actually narrow, concerning only Comcast and the NFL Network. The judge found that Comcast’s right to move the NFL Network to a digital tier was – as Comcast argued – a logical and legal consequence of contracts the two had previously signed.


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