Fox Regional Sports Nets Go Dark on Dish

Variety | 7/26/2019 | Brian Steinberg
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Contract talks between satellite-broadcaster Dish and a passel of regional sports cable networks in process of being sold by Walt Disney have reached an impasse, meaning that Dish subscribers are at present not able to gain access to outlets such as Fox Sports Arizona and Fox Sports SportsTime Ohio.

In almost all cases, the 16 regional sports network, which are being supervised by separate executives than the ones who operate Disney’s cable networks, are no longer available on Dish or its Sling broadband offering. YES, the cable network that shows Yankees games, among other programming, is off of Sling, but available on Dish.

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“Sports programming is the most expensive content on TV. Networks pay the sports teams huge amounts of money, then try to recoup it from a broad base of consumers,” said Andy LeCuyer, senior vice president of programming for Dish, in a prepared statement. “It’s time to change the status quo.”

The fracture is the latest break between programmers and distributors of content at a time when the revenue from satellite and...
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