The legal sparring between Comcast Corp. and the Baltimore Orioles continued yesterday as Allen & Corp., a New York investment banking firm, attacked the Orioles’ claim that the company surreptitiously communicated Comcast’s demands for equity in a regional sports network airing both the Washington Nationals and Orioles.
In a complaint made last month to the Federal Communications Commission, the Orioles claimed Allen & Co. managing director Steve Greenberg did not reveal his business relationship with Comcast. The assertion is part of an attempt by the club to get the FCC to force Comcast to begin placing the Mid-Atlantic Sports Network on its cable systems.
Through his attorneys, Greenberg rejected the claim in a letter sent this week to the commission, a move Comcast sees as an indicator of the Orioles’ diminished integrity.
“[Allen & Co.] did not represent Comcast in this matter or serve as its agent. It is indeed unfortunate that false accusations to the contrary were submitted to the commission,” said Richard Zaragoza, a District attorney representing Greenberg.
Responded David Frederick, a District attorney representing the Orioles: “The letter from Allen & Co. is not responsive to the core allegations of our complaint [to the FCC].”
A hearing on the club’s motion to dismiss a lawsuit levied against it by Comcast SportsNet is scheduled for July27. Comcast is due to respond later this week to the team’s petition to the FCC.