INJUNCTION FREEZES PENGUINS PLANS: FSP TO AIR TONIGHT'S GAME
Published March 5, 1998
Fox Sports Pittsburgh announced that Allegheny County, PA, Judge Judith Friedman entered an immediate injunction yesterday, barring the Penguins from implementing the termination of their telecast agreement with Fox Sports Pittsburgh (FSP). The injunction orders the team to comply fully with the telecast rights agreement. FSP will televise tonight's Penguins-Red Wings game as scheduled (FSP). In Pittsburgh, David Brown reports that the team said it did not attend the meeting with Friedman "because they did not receive notice of it." Friedman has scheduled a hearing Friday afternoon on the dispute, which led Penguins Owners Roger Marino and Howard Baldwin to announce they were dropping FSP and planning to start their own local sports network. FSP Senior VP/Legal Matters Dan Fawcett said the network has deposited $600,000 with the court as a "good- faith measure" in case it is found to owe the disputed fees. Marino, on the team's planned network, called Marino Sports TV: "[I]f we're allowed to go through with this, we have a lot of confidence in it" (Pittsburgh TRIBUNE-REVIEW, 3/5).