A lawsuit, brought by MEN, against various ESPN entities (ESPN Inc, ESPN Software India Ltd, and ESPN Asia) asserted claims for breach of contract and unfair competition, among other issues. While the court dismissed the advertising claims made by MEN, it accepted ESPNs counterclaim related to their distribution agreement.
ESPN was in a five-year contract with MEN, which ended on September 30, 2000.
It was then that ESPN and Star Sports entered into a 50-50 joint venture.
Currently, ESPN and Star Sports are distributed as part of the same bouquet.
After its breakup with ESPN, MEN distributed Doordarshans sport channel for sometime, which too ended in a legal tangle. Currently, the groups sister company (Cable Distribution Network) distributes Dubai-based sports channel, Ten Sports, in India.