Colorado Gov.'s Staffer Dismisses Suggestion Of Comcast Favoritism
A spokesperson for Colorado Gov. Jared Polis said that Comcast's $25,000 donation this year to Polis' inauguration "played no role" in the governor's decision to "publicly apply pressure last week on Altitude Sports" amid an ongoing carriage dispute, according Alex Burness of the DENVER POST. Polis last week posted to Twitter an open letter addressed to Kroenke Sports & Entertainment President & CEO Jim Martin, accompanied by the tweet, "Bring our teams back to our screens!" Altitude broadcaster Vic Lombardi "quickly took note of the fact that Polis had inserted himself into a two-way dispute by addressing just one side." Spokesperson Conor Cahill said that publicly, Polis "sent no similar message" to Comcast or Dish because "different entities will be swayed by different forms of pressure." Polis this week met with Altitude execs including COO Matt Hutchings, who said that it was a "good and cordial meeting." Cahill indicated that Polis will "keep using the bully pulpit to help resolve this dispute" (DENVER POST, 11/21).