September 24, 1990 |
Calling it a violation of consumers' rights, Rep. Jim Bates (D-San Diego) said Sunday he intends to introduce legislation today that seeks to ban or modify future attempts by the NFL to scramble telecasts. "The NFL and other leagues must offer their service to consumers who are willing to pay for it," Bates said at a San Diego press conference. The NFL and the major networks announced before the start of the season Sept.
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August 22, 1990 |
More than 40 owners of sports bars and restaurants met Tuesday night in Hillcrest to discuss strategies for contesting a lawsuit by Home Box Office and fighting the threat by the National Football League to "scramble" its fall telecasts. They emerged from the meeting, which was also attended by eight attorneys, to announce the formation of a new organization, the Assn. for Sports Fans' Rights, which they hope will gain national backing.
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August 19, 1990 |
Furious over efforts by the National Football League to "scramble" its telecasts, owners of several San Diego sports bars said Saturday that, collectively, they plan to protest the move through the courts. "I spoke with my attorney for two hours this afternoon and plan to seek an injunction before the first regular-season game (Sept. 9)," said Norman Lebovitz, who owns Sluggo's, with outlets in Hillcrest, La Jolla and University Towne Centre.
September 7, 1990 |
Saying "the networks gave me what I wanted," the San Diego restaurateur who launched a nationwide boycott of two major beer companies as a way of opposing the scrambling of NFL telecasts announced Thursday that the boycott is over. "We feel we've accomplished the goal," Norman Lebovitz said. "The networks assured me and my attorney in private meetings (Wednesday) that there will be no scrambling this season. We're accepting that. It's just that they don't have the courage to say it publicly."
August 31, 1990 |
A high-ranking official of one of the NFL's biggest advertisers said Thursday that, after meeting with executives of Anheuser-Busch, Inc., the league had postponed indefinitely its "scrambling" of fall telecasts. Fearing a prolonged national boycott of Anheuser-Busch products, the official said the league and the networks had agreed not to scramble, at least for "the immediate future."
September 5, 1990 |
In the face of an ongoing national boycott of major commercial sponsors, the NFL announced Tuesday that its decision to scramble its fall telecasts is being reconsidered. Meanwhile, Joel M. Pressman, attorney for San Diego's Norman Lebovitz, who has been leading a nationwide coalition of fans and restaurateurs in the fight against scrambling, said he and his client have been invited to New York for meetings today with "parties involved in the controversy," but he would not elaborate.