Comcast, technicians OK deal

December 21, 2006|By CHILDS WALKER

The freelance broadcast technicians who help produce Washington Wizards and Capitals games for Comcast SportsNet have ended a one-night strike after reaching a tentative agreement for a contract with the network, said a source with knowledge of the negotiations.

The workers went on strike Tuesday night, leaving network managers to fill their roles for the Capitals game against the Tampa Bay Lightning.

The workers, who unionized last year, help produce the telecasts for both home and visiting teams. In addition to Wizards and Capitals games, they work regional college basketball games.

The freelancers voted to join the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees last fall, but failed to negotiate a contract with Comcast for more than a year. They informed the network of their intention to strike about three hours before Tuesday's Capitals game. Tomorrow night's game against the New Jersey Devils would have been the next telecast affected.

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