Nicholson Graham settles Ryder Cup row

Nicholson Graham & Jones and Herbert Smith have settled a dispute over coverage of the Ryder Cup.

Nicholson Graham & Jones acted for the PGA European Tour and Ryder Cup Ltd and Herbert Smith for BSkyB.

The PGA felt caught between BSkyB and competitor ONdigital, thinking BSkyB wanted to deny the tournament to ONdigital's subscribers by not showing it on one of its main sports channels. But PGA accepted this was not the case and was satisfied for BSkyB to show the event for free on Sky Box Office and on Sky Sports 2, even though neither channel is available on ONdigital.

John Magnin, Nicholson Graham litigation partner, says: “Our clients were concerned at Sky's proposal to show the event only on Sky Box Office in an apparent attempt to deprive ONdigital of the tournament.”

Magnin was assisted by Dominic Bray and instructed Jeffrey Onions QC, of 1 Essex Court. Herbert Smith litigation partner Charles Plant and assistant James Farrell instructed Mark Howard QC at Brick Court Chambers.