BOSTON GARDEN CORP. FILES SUIT AGAINST FOX SPORTS N.E.
Published March 2, 1998
The New Boston Garden Corp. has filed suit and "has threatened to block Fox Sports New England [FSNE] from televising games," because it has failed to pay new fees that went into effect when the FleetCenter opened in '95, according to Andrea Estes of the BOSTON HERALD. FSNE, which recently bought SportsChannel New England, has reportedly "balked" at new fees for hooking up TV trucks outside the arena, which "soared" from $550 per truck per game to $1,500, a 200% increase. FleetCenter officials claim the cable company now owes $297,000 in charges as of January 30. Estes reports that FSNE officials have not yet responded to the suit, filed January 20, "nor would they discuss the dispute." Current FleetCenter President Richard Krezwick said that the fees "were hiked because the company had high- tech features built into the new arena" and added that the new fees are "completely justifiable" (BOSTON HERALD, 3/2).