Tennis Channel CEO: Comcast Battle Like "Being Raped By Brutal Captor" [UPDATE]John Koblin6/12/13 2:42pmFiled to: media meltdownstennistennis channelken solomoncomcastmedianewsleakslife lessons41EditPromoteShare to KinjaToggle Conversation toolsGo to permalinkTwo weeks ago, a federal appeals court ruled that Comcast did not have to put Tennis Channel on its basic cable service and could, instead, throw it on a more-expensive sports tier. The court overturned an FCC ruling in the process. Tennis Channel was unhappy about this. In fact, Tennis Channel CEO Ken Solomon was so unhappy that he wrote a furious email to staff in which he references, among other things, the Lone Ranger, Tonto, Ray Charles, the "Scarlett [sic] letter," the Mad Hatter, Alice, and the experience of "being raped for a decade by a brutal captor." A tipster forwarded us the email ("CONFIDENTIAL…FOR YOUR EYES ONY [sic]"). If it reads a little unhinged, I can think of two reasons why: 1.) The stakes are high for Tennis Channel. The New York Post reports that Comcast's basic cable package serves about 20 million viewers, while its sports tier reaches only three million. The Post also reports that Tennis Channel is up for sale, and if this decision holds, it's going to "sink" the channel's value. As we saw last week at the French Open, Tennis Channel has pretty essential programming. 2.) It is completely unhinged.