Radio hosts ask for judge to dismiss or move venue for referee's lawsuit over threats

FILE - In this March 26, 2017, file photo, Kentucky head coach John Calipari argues a call with referee John Higgins in the first half of the South Regional final game against North Carolina in the NCAA college basketball tournament in Memphis, Tenn. Referee John Higgins of Omaha has contacted law enforcement to report he’s received death threats after Kentucky’s loss to North Carolina in the NCAA South Regional final. A person with knowledge of the situation told The Associated Press that Higgins reported threats on his home phone, which has an unlisted number, and on the office phone for his roofing company. The person requested anonymity because the investigation is ongoing. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey, File)
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LEXINGTON, Ky. (WKYT) - Kentucky Sports Radio, Matt Jones, and Drew Franklin filed a motion in federal court asking a judge to dismiss a lawsuit against them "for lack of personal jurisdiction." Alternatively, the suit urges the United States District Court for the district of Nebraska to transfer the case to the Eastern District of Kentucky.

Referee John Higgins filed a lawsuit against Kentucky Sports Radio blaming it for firing up fans to threaten him and his business.Higgins was one of the officiating referees at the University of Kentucky's Elite 8 match-up with North Carolina. Many fans and commentators questioned some of the calls made, and not made, during the game.

Higgins is seeking more than $75,000 from KSR and its operators Matt Jones and Drew Franklin.

In the motion filed on Monday, the attorney for KSR said the defendants have no contacts in Nebraska, and therefore, the court had no jurisdiction over the defendants.

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