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Cable Company Loses Appeal of Football Fan’s Lawsuit

May 6, 1995

NOVATO, Calif. (AP) _ A football fan who sued his cable television company for not showing two seasons of Monday Night Football scored a victory in federal court.

The U.S. District Court refused to hear Chambers Cable’s appeal of the $65 judgment awarded to Phillip Schlenker in small claims court.

Schlenker’s lawsuit accused the cable company of violating an implied contract when it failed to air Monday night games in 1993 and 1994 because of a contract dispute with the ABC affiliate in San Francisco.

Chambers is considering its options following the April 14 ruling, company attorney Richard Harmon said Thursday.

In the meantime, Schlenker wants his money.

``They are telling the court `We don’t care what you say, we are not paying,‴ Schlenker said. ``It seems nobody is going to tell them what to do.″

The sheriff’s department said it would send officers to the cable company’s office during the next 10 days to intercept incoming cash and checks until the judgment is met, Lt. John Lindquist said.

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