Bernie Fine is suing ESPN for $11,000,000 according to newly filed papers in the United States District Court in Syracuse.
Attorneys for ESPN have moved to Federal Court the defamation lawsuit brought against ESPN by former Syracuse University assistant basketball coach Bernie Fine. This new legal action also removes as defendants the reporter and producer who worked on the Bobby Davis story along with The Walt Disney Company and The Hearst Corporation.
Fine's attorneys initially brought the action in New York State Supreme Court, but after a legal exchange that questioned which parties should be included as defendants ESPN emerged as the only remaining defendant. ESPN is based in Connecticut and has no other legal connection to New York State. Fine is considered a resident of New York although he has been living in Florida.
A U.S. Magistrate has scheduled an initial court hearing for July 18th where a schedule for the legal action will be considered.
Bernie Fine was the long time head assistant for Hall of Fame basketball coach Jim Boeheim. Fine is claiming ESPN defamed him in November of 2011 when it reported on accusations by former team ball boy Bobby Davis that Fine has sexually abused Davis.