Speros seeks CFL blackout in Indiana

June 22, 1994|By Ken Murray

In an attempt to remove any confusion between the Indianapolis Colts and his Baltimore CFL Colts, owner Jim Speros said yesterday he has asked the Canadian Football League to black out televised games on ESPN2 in Indiana this season.

"We want to eliminate any confusion for the fans in Indiana and Indianapolis," said Speros, who will attend a preliminary injunction hearing tomorrow morning in Indianapolis on the trademark rights lawsuit filed against him by the NFL.

Speros said he has not asked the CFL to cancel its ESPN2 contract, even though it was the grounds on which U.S. District Judge Larry J. McKinney ruled he had jurisdiction in the case.

"I don't want to hurt the other members of the league," he said. "Blacking out Indianapolis does the same thing and doesn't hurt my partners."

Speros has signed an indemnification agreement that protects the other CFL owners from potential damages. He said he has a contingency plan should the NFL be awarded an injunction pending the outcome of the lawsuit.

"I have a backup plan and we will play football," Speros said.

"The horse [logo] and the colors will remain regardless. But I don't feel that [an injunction] will happen."

Meanwhile, depositions were scheduled to be taken from Indianapolis Colts owner Robert Irsay and his legal counsel, Michael Chernoff, for tomorrow's hearing.

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