Comcast takes shot at NFL practices

Associated Press
– Comcast, is taking on the nation’s largest sports
enterprise, demanding the NFL stop encouraging fans to leave the cable provider
because it doesn’t carry the NFL Network on its basic cable package.

The cable
company has sent a cease-and-desist letter to the NFL Network for suggesting
subscribers switch from cable providers who don’t carry the network on a basic
tier. Comcast has moved NFL Network to a premium sports tier that customers
must pay extra to get.

The two
sides have gone to court over their agreement. The NFL Network sued Comcast
after the cable provider decided to move the channel from its basic digital
tier to a premium sports tier.

In May,

Manhattan state Supreme
Court Justice Bernard J. Fried ruled in favor of Comcast. The network has

owner Jerry Jones, the outspoken chairman of the league’s NFL Network
committee, has been the most vocal proponent of fans switching to another
carrier. The letter contends that such actions violate the contract between the
network and Comcast.

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