MIAMI (AP) — A South Florida woman is suing the Black Entertainment Television network in a dispute over a Facebook page she developed to promote the show “The Game.”
Attorneys for Stacey Mattocks, who lives in Broward County, say in court papers that BET wrongly took control of the page after the two sides failed to reach a financial agreement. BET wants the lawsuit dismissed, contending Mattocks hasn’t raised any valid legal claims.
Mattocks says one measure of her page’s value was the 7.7 million “likes” it amassed by summer 2012. BET counters that the number of “likes” are not grounds for her to win damages in the lawsuit.
A preliminary scheduling hearing on the case is set for Thursday in federal court in Fort Lauderdale.
According to BET, “The Game” is a show that “follows the lives of professional football players and their significant others as they navigate game, family and friends.” It has been renewed for a seventh season in 2014.
The show was originally on the CW network but was canceled in 2009. In her lawsuit, Mattocks said she “continued to aggressively promote” the show on the Facebook page in hopes another network would pick it up — which BET did in 2010.