Alpha Digital will try to get Greek Cup games

It appears that a legal battle over soccer broadcasting rights between the rival local pay-TV channels Alpha Digital and Super Sport is far from over. After losing a recent court appearance for the rights to the country’s national soccer league, Alpha Digital has launched an attack on another front, the Greek Cup, as consolation. According to sources, Alpha Digital is planning an assault with the intention of nullifying Super Sport’s broadcasting contracts with clubs for their Greek Cup games on the grounds of antitrust legislation. Alpha Digital, the sources said, will contend that its rival broadcaster struck the deals because, at the time, it was the only bidder. Now that the monopoly is over, Alpha Digital believes that the deals must be renegotiated, the sources said. Super Sport’s contract for Cup Games expires after the 2003-2004 season. Earlier this year, a court of first instance had re-awarded Super Sport the broadcasting rights to league games of title contender AEK, after the club had broken an existing deal with the station and switched to Alpha Sport. Several other clubs also followed in AEK’s footsteps.

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