CLASSIC SPORTS NETWORK TAKES SWIPE AT CABLEVISION
Published March 3, 1997
In a letter last Friday to Cablevision Chair James Dolan from Classic Sports Network (CSN) President Stephen Greenberg, CSN accused Cablevision of "refusing to distribute" the network because CSN "declined to sell" Cablevision an equity stake, according to Mark Landler in the N.Y. TIMES. Greenberg said Cablevision had violated a Federal law that prohibits cable operators from using "coercive tactics" to obtain ownership interests and added that CSN "intended to file" a complaint with the FCC after a required one-week waiting period. Execs at Cablevision declined to say if they demanded an ownership stake as a condition of carrying CSN (N.Y. TIMES, 3/3). Cablevision COO Robert May said the company "will respond to the veracity of their allegations if and when they file [an FCC] complaint" (WALL STREET JOURNAL, 3/3). NEWSDAY's Pradnya Joshi notes that CSN says that Cablevision "plans to launch its own version of Classic Sports" (NEWSDAY, 3/3).