The Mighty Ducks lost the first round of their dispute with Fox Sports over what channel will televise their games when an Orange County Superior Court denied a request by the team that the games be shown on Fox Sports West, not Fox Sports West 2.
Judge Ronald C. Kline’s ruling allows Fox Sports West 2 to continue showing Duck games. The Ducks had complained that because no cable operator in Orange County has agreed to carry the start-up station, games are unavailable to their fans. Another hearing has been set for Feb. 25 at the Ducks’ request.
“Temporary restraining orders are seldom granted,” Tony Tavares, president of Anaheim Sports Enterprises, said. “It’s not a big surprise. It was a legal shot in the dark.”