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FOX SPORTS NET EYES NESN, WANTS LEGAL ISSUES SETTLED FIRST
Published January 6, 1998
Fox Sports Net, which "has considered purchasing New England Sports Network [NESN] as part of its national plans to control regional sports coverage," has been "scared away" from NESN due to the "unresolved legal dispute" between NESN and its former partners, according to Howard Manly of the BOSTON GLOBE. NESN is jointly owned by the Red Sox, Bruins and UPN affil WSBK-38. The Red Sox hold majority interest with 48%. Manly writes that the partnership "turned ugly two years ago," when WSBK's owner filed suit charging that that the Red Sox and Bruins "had reneged on a longstanding agreement over how much the teams receive in cable rights fees from NESN." Manly writes that while FSN "would consider purchasing NESN when its legal issues are cleared," another "problem" could be that the Red Sox "might not agree to sell." Red Sox VP/Broadcasting & Technology Jim Healey said that NESN "is not for sale" (BOSTON GLOBE, 1/6).