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CLASSIC SPORTS NETWORK TAKES SWIPE AT CABLEVISION

          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).

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