NEW YORK Feb 28 A federal jury in Manhattan on
Thursday awarded Dish Network Corp $4.86 million in its
lawsuit accusing sports programmer ESPN Inc of breaching a
contract by giving better deals to rival distributors.
The award was far less than the $152 million that Dish had
sought from ESPN, an affiliate of Walt Disney Co, and
comes amid growing friction between distributors and program
makers throughout the entertainment industry.
Filed in 2009, the lawsuit centered on the terms of
distribution agreements that ESPN had negotiated with Dish and
its competitors for channels including ESPN Classic, which shows
re-runs of older sports events, and ESPN Deportes, a Spanish