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APPELLATE JUDGE GIVES NBA NEW HOPE IN CASE AGAINST WGN
Published September 11, 1996
The NBA's "longstanding legal fight" over how many Bulls games can be telecast on WGN is "essentially back to Square One," according to Matt O'Connor of the CHICAGO TRIBUNE. O'Connor: "In a victory Tuesday for the NBA, a federal appeals court threw out a lower court decision that had allowed telecasts of 30 games on the superstation in each of the last two seasons. The lower court also held the NBA's proposed fee for the telecasts to be excessive." A three-judge panel of the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled the lower court decision "legally flawed and ordered the case returned to a federal judge." The court wrote, "With apologies to both sides, we conclude that they must suffer through still more litigation." Despite the ruling, an attorney's for the Bulls and WGN said the superstation would still be able to telecast 25 Bulls games this season, but the NBA "disputes that" and cited the closing sentence of Tuesday's decision that the Bulls and WGN "must respect" limitations of both the NBA and its contract with NBC on the maximum number of superstation telecasts (CHICAGO TRIBUNE, 9/11). NBA Exec VP Jeffrey Mishkin, said the league was "pleased that the Court of Appeals has vacated the trial court's decision limiting the League's exclusive right to sell games in the national marketplace" (NBA).