Television sports provider alleges partner has failed to pay full amount

By John Breslin | Jun 28, 2018

MIAMI -- A television sports event provider is suing one of its partners, alleging failure to pay $666,000 in fees.

MIAMI -- A television sports event provider is suing one of its partners, alleging failure to pay $666,000 in fees.

beIN Sports, which has U.S. offices in Florida but is based in Qatar, alleges MobiTV breached various agreements by failing to pay fees, according to a complaint filed in U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida.

The sports event provider entered into its first agreement with MobiTV in 2015, which allowed the latter to distribute programming to residential and commercial customers, the suit says.

Under the initial agreement, MobiTV would pay a fee for each subscriber, with a guaranteed minimum payment. Additional amendments were agreed to later, which changed the structure and amount in payments. MobiTV has not not pay the full amounts owed, the complaint states.


The defendant, the suit says, owed more than $1.8 million in minimum payments and subscriber fees. MobiTV did pay beIN Sports $1.2 million but still owes just over $666,000, plus other unknown subscriber fees, the suit alleges.

beIN accuses the company of breach of contract for breaching the agreements by "failing to pay the full amounts due and payable under those contracts."

The complaint states the defendant agrees $548,000 is owed and has "made an express or implicit promise to pay this balance but has failed to make any payment."

beIN is asking the court to enter a judgment against the defendant, order it to pay amounts owed, and award compensatory damages.

The plaintiff also argued that the U.S Southern District Court in Florida has jurisdiction under the diversity rule as the companies are citizens of different states. beIN is a business entity of Florida and Qatar, and MobiTV a citizen of Delaware and California.

Further, the federal court has jurisdiction because the amount in question is more than $75,000, the company said.

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