Report: Miami Heat Suing Clear Channel For Breach of Contract
October 11, 2010 at 2:00 PM (PT)
The HOLLYWOOD REPORTER is reporting that the MIAMI HEAT has filed suit against CLEAR CHANNEL for breach of contract, alleging that CLEAR CHANNEL's new contract with the MIAMI DOLPHINS should have triggered a clause in the HEAT's contract entitling the NBA franchise to an "equivalent package."
The DOLPHINS deal brought the NFL team's games to Classic Rock WBGG and Sports WINZ-A/MIAMI, including two-hour pre-game and post-game shows and the right to create other shows, specials, and an HD RADIO channel, among other additional benefits.
The HEAT says in its suit that it notified CLEAR CHANNEL of the breach after seeing the DOLPHINS contract (which it claims was initially withheld due to "confidentiality concerns"), but that CLEAR CHANNEL waited until the eve of the NBA season before telling the HEAT that it was "not willing to provide the HEAT with any of the more beneficial material terms granted to the DOLPHINS," agreeing only not to preempt HEAT games.