Courts

Comcast Goes to Court Over Tennis Ruling

8/06/2012 12:01 AM Eastern

Comcast wasted no time challenging the FCC’s decision to uphold the Tennis Channel carriage complaint.

Comcast last Monday (July 30) asked the commission to stay enforcement of its July 24 vote pending the outcome of its court appeal, which it officially filed two days later

Without that FCC stay, which the commission is unlikely to grant if past is prologue, Comcast will have to take steps to true up tier placement of Tennis Channel, Golf Channel and NBC Sports Network by early September (the FCC gave it 45 days).

Comcast asked the FCC to rule on its petition by Aug. 7 so that, if the FCC says no — which it had not at press time — the operator can seek a judicial stay from the D.C. Circuit. “We have to wait for the FCC not to act before filing a stay with the court,” a Comcast spokesperson said.

Broadcasters took the same “stay” route in trying to prevent the FCC from enforcing its Aug. 2 date for posting political and other public files online, but the FCC and the court both denied those appeals for emergency relief.