New York filmmaker sued the U.S. Tennis Association, claiming it discriminates against wheelchair players by refusing to sell broadcast licensing rights to their matches. Alan Rich, a lawyer who is representing himself and seven handicapped players, is filming a documentary called Fire in the Belly. He wants to be allowed to film the competition, which starts Thursday, and later argue in court over whether he can use the footage. He contends that because CBS, ESPN and the Tennis Channel don't cover wheelchair matches, he should be given the rights.
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OUT OF BOUNDS
Here's cash, now let me take team
Canadian billionaire James Balsillie has offered Glendale, Ariz., $50 million to quiet its objections to his bid to buy the Phoenix Coyotes and move the franchise to Hamilton, Ontario. Lawyers for Balsillie, co-CEO of the company that makes the Blackberry, filed an amended bid in U.S. Bankruptcy Court, adding the offer to Glendale. Balsillie offered to buy the team for $212.5 million, contingent on moving it to Ontario. The new bid would subtract $20 million from the original and combine it with another $30 million to pay the city.
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"If I ever was going to write a book, and I probably won't, the title would be Always a Winner but Never a Champion."
Doug Collins, who will be honored this week at the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame for his work as a broadcaster; Collins was on the 1972 U.S. Olympic team that lost to the Soviets for the gold, played for the 76ers but retired before they won the 1982-83 title, and coached Michael Jordan with the Bulls but was fired before they began their championship run