http://www.nytimes.com/2007/05/11/s...51a716640506a7&ei=5088&partner=rssnyt&emc=rss snippet: A Manhattan Supreme Court justice ruled yesterday that Comcast, the nations largest cable operator, can carry the NFL Network on a digital sports tier. The decision could roil the channels goal to be carried on the levels of digital distribution that would give it the greatest number of subscribers. The National Football League sued Comcast last year over its plan to put the network on a sports tier on systems recently acquired from Time Warner. Comcast carries the channel on the rest of its systems to about 8 million subscribers on its second-biggest digital tier. Its sports tier is available to about a million homes. Making the NFL Network available only to those paying about $5 extra monthly for the sports tier would greatly impede its availability. The final word on this issue is most likely to come from the appellate courts, said Seth Palansky, a network spokesman.