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U.S. chapter choose blocks Suns’ new TV deal

ESPN News ServicesMay 10, 2023, 05:18 PM ETA U.S. bankruptcy judge on Wednesday blocked the NBA’s Phoenix Suns from moving ahead with a television and streaming rights deal for its basketball games, saying the team violated the rights of its current broadcast partner, the bankrupt Diamond Sports Group.The Suns and Phoenix Mercury last month announced

U.S. chapter choose blocks Suns’ new TV deal

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Could 10, 2023, 05:18 PM ET

A U.S. chapter choose on Wednesday blocked the NBA’s Phoenix Suns from shifting forward with a tv and streaming rights deal for its basketball video games, saying the staff violated the rights of its present broadcast companion, the bankrupt Diamond Sports activities Group.

The Suns and Phoenix Mercury final month introduced they would broadcast future games to free tv and on-line streaming by way of a partnership with Grey Tv Inc. and video expertise startup Kiswe.

U.S. Chapter Choose Christopher Lopez, nevertheless, dominated that the corporate couldn’t but transfer on from its present contract with Diamond Sports activities Group, a bankrupt subsidiary of Sinclair Broadcast Group that broadcasts video games by way of its Bally Sports activities TV channels.

U.S. chapter legislation protects debtors from having their contracts modified or terminated with out their consent, and Lopez dominated that the Suns’ new TV deal was void as a result of it interfered with the Diamond Sports activities’ contractual proper to barter contract extension.

Lopez didn’t award Diamond Sports activities financial damages on Wednesday, however stated that he would contemplate a request for damages at a later listening to.

The Suns’ attorneys argued that its TV take care of Diamond expired with the top of the 2022-2023 common season and that the brand new deal wouldn’t intrude with Diamond’s rights below its present contract.

Lopez was not persuaded, saying that the Suns’ “media blitz” touted the brand new contract as a finished deal regardless of “one line within the press launch” in regards to the Diamond Sports activities chapter.

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“The Suns are saying one factor outdoors the court docket and one other factor inside it,” Lopez stated.

Phoenix Suns CEO Josh Bartelstein stated after the court docket listening to that the staff would work towards “a good decision that will likely be in the most effective curiosity of our followers, our group and our gamers.”

Monetary phrases of the Phoenix Suns’ contracts with Diamond Sports activities and with Grey TV have been saved sealed in chapter court docket.

Diamond televises video games for practically half of all groups within the Nationwide Basketball Affiliation, Main League Baseball (MLB) and the Nationwide Hockey League.

Diamond filed for Chapter 11 safety in March with a proposal to chop $8 billion in debt.

–Reuters contributed to this report.

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