ESPN filed a federal lawsuit against Conference USA Wednesday alleging the league failed to fulfill its contractual obligations when it signed a new contract with Fox Sports Media Group in January.
ESPN states in the lawsuit it reached a contract extension agreement with Conference USA via e-mail, but the league later decided to pursue a contract with Fox Sports Media Group. ESPN also alleges Conference USA never gave it a final offer to consider before beginning negotiations with another network, a right ESPN contends was part of the previous contact.
ESPN is asking the court to enforce terms of a $22 million five-year agreement it reached with Conference USA, voiding the league's $43 million five-year contract agreement with Fox Sports Media Group.
If the court is unwilling to void the Fox Sports Media Group contract, ESPN stated in the lawsuit it would accept $21 million in damages and the payment of its attorney fees.
Conference USA officials continue to disagree with ESPN's stance, arguing it treated the network fairly throughout contract negotiations.
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