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Federal judge to review Fox-Sugar Bowl lawsuit

TBO.com Staff
Published:   |   Updated: March 24, 2013 at 12:29 AM

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A lawsuit to make sure Florida residents can watch the Gators play Cincinnati in the Sugar Bowl on television is being punted to another court.

Circuit Judge Maura Smith in Orlando said today she would let a U.S. judge decide if federal court was the proper venue for the case before determining whether to issue a temporary injunction. Two Florida residents are asking for an injunction that would ensure Fox's showing of the New Year's Day game on Bright House Networks' cable system.

Fox and Bright House are in a contract dispute, and Fox has threatened to stop programming on Bright House's system. The dispute is part of a confrontation between Fox and Time Warner Cable, which owns a stake in Bright House.

Fox wants higher fees from the pay-TV operator.

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