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Written by Maury Brown   
Saturday, 07 April 2007 05:34

DISH NetworkWhile iN Demand reached an agreement with MLB to show Extra Innings, along with DirecTV through 2013, many baseball fans and consumers wondered where EchoStar's DISH Network fits into the picture. The satcaster had been showing Extra Innings prior, and word after the agreement with iN Demand was that DISH was continuing to work with MLB... and technically, that is the voice coming from DISH as of today.

The message on their website, however, sets the stage for DISH to move on in a post-Extra Innings deal manner. Some of the key points being made by DISH include:

  • Over the past several weeks, DISH Network diligently tried to reach a fair agreement with Major League Baseball to keep the Extra Innings package on DISH Network without having to pass on huge cost increases to customers.
  • DISH Network made many concessions and offered numerous solutions, including extending a current agreement until a resolution could be reached. Major League Baseball refused.
  • The US Senate Commerce Committee held a hearing and invited DISH Network, Major League Baseball and other industry representatives to testify. The president of DISH Network testified on your behalf and said we needed a fair deal that kept your Extra Innings on DISH. At that hearing, Democratic and Republican leaders urged Major League Baseball to come to an agreement with us so that customers would not lose their Extra Innings games.
  • Major League Baseball’s demands are blatantly anti-consumer – and they refuse to budge.

They then add:

DISH Network remains interested in the Extra Innings package but we are not optimistic that Major League Baseball will propose a fair deal for our customers.

Maybe. As we've been reporting, DISH reached agreements with several regional sports networks earlier in the week to show games in high-definition, and added MASN, the RSN that shows the Nationals and Orioles on Friday.

On top of this, DISH mentions that they are going to work members of Congress to get the deal overturned. The announcement adds that, "We are now working with key members of Congress to fight to make professional sports available to all."

So, while DISH is "interested" in Extra Innings, it is clearly going to have to be on terms that DISH finds acceptable, not what MLB, DirecTV, and iN Demand have reached. 

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