November 11: We don’t have new news to report, but please know we continue to urge NBC Sports Chicago to work with us to come to a logical, long-term deal.
We appreciate your patience throughout this negotiation. We understand it’s frustrating missing the games you love, especially as the Blackhawks and Bulls begin their seasons, and will continue to provide you any updates on the negotiation here.
We are disappointed to see NBC Sports Chicago put our customers in the middle of its negotiations by choosing to remove their channel from DISH's lineup. We want to thank you for choosing DISH, and we strive to provide you the best TV experience at the best value. NBC Sports Chicago has chosen to block access to its channel from its own viewers, and are making unreasonable demands. These demands come after NBC Sports Chicago announced it would lose the Cubs in October, as the team moves towards plans to start its own cable television channel with Sinclair Broadcast Group in 2020.
NBC Sports Chicago is also demanding a minimum number of subscribers, reducing their own viewers’ choice. The Regional Sports Networks business model is broken, and now NBC Sports Chicago is looking to recoup the hefty sums they pay the teams they carry after their loss of their most popular content, the Cubs.
We at DISH are sick of these demands that put you, the customer, in the middle. We are fighting on your behalf to have the best content at a fair price. With the highest cost for DISH being the cost of programming, it is important for us to continue to keep that cost fair so that it is not exorbitantly reflected into your bill.
We urge NBC Sports Chicago to work with us to reach a logical, long-term agreement for all.
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Let NBC Sports Chicago know you want your channel back by contacting them today: