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SBD/Issue 94/Sports Industrialists
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Published January 28, 2010
U.S. District Court Judge RICHARD SULLIVAN Tuesday rejected "all claims" made by former MSG and MSG Network President BOB GUTKOWSKI that he gave Yankees Chair GEORGE STEINBRENNER the "idea for the YES Network." Gutkowski, who was seeking "at least $23[M] in damages," said that in "meetings held over the course of several years, he suggested that Steinbrenner start his own television network and that Steinbrenner promised Gutkowski he would run the network or be part of it." Sullivan "focused on the vagueness of the oral agreement that Gutkowski said he had with Steinbrenner," and he also ruled that Gutkowski "'alleges no plausible facts' to support his claim that Steinbrenner never intended to deliver on his promises." Gutkowski's attorney, NEAL BRICKMAN, said that he is "analyzing whether to appeal the decision" (N.Y. TIMES, 1/28).
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LEGAL PROCESS CONTINUES: In Toronto, Morgan Campbell reports Univ. of Kentucky (UK) P JAMES PAXTON yesterday filed an appeal in Kentucky court, "drawing out a lawsuit against the school his lawyer says is extorting him." UK in October ruled that Paxton "couldn't play until he agreed to speak to an NCAA investigator" about an investigation stemming from the NCAA's "uncertainty regarding Paxton's amateur status because of his relationship with" MLB player agent SCOTT BORAS. But Paxton "refused to sit down with the NCAA and sued the school for the right to return to the field." Paxton "argued that forcing him to talk to the NCAA violated his rights under the school's student code and Kentucky's state Constitution." The appeal "means a new set of judges will review" the decision to deny Paxton a temporary injunction to play this season, and Paxton's attorney, RICK JOHNSON, is "confident they'll have an answer before UK's baseball season begins" on February 19 (TORONTO STAR, 1/28).
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