We are actively speaking with Sinclair, the owner of the FOX Regional Sports Networks. It is our goal for Sinclair to return FOX Regional Sports Networks to viewers like you. We are hopeful that current negotiations and conversations will end in a fair deal for all. On behalf of all our employees, we want to thank you for choosing DISH. Our top priority is to provide you with the best TV experience possible at the best value.
We are fighting to keep your TV bill as low as possible. The largest cost for DISH is the amount we pay to programmers who own the content you enjoy watching. To keep our commitment in providing the best value, we are done being bullied into unfair programming deals that do not make sense for our customers. We are no longer going to support this broken business model, and are standing up on behalf of our customers.
Regional Sports relies on the majority of customers to pay costs for channels they may not even watch. Regional Sports should be like a ticket to the ballpark – with fans wanting to watch the game being those who pay for it. It is not fair for you to have to burden the unnecessary additional costs that only pad the profit margins of programmers such as FOX Regional Sports Networks. Right now, costs for TV sports rights in America are the worst deal going and the only winners are the sports broadcasters, like FOX Regional Sports Networks.
They know watching live sports is important to our viewers and they are holding their channels hostage as a negotiation tactic to force TV providers, like DISH, to cave to their demands. Switching is not the answer – as contract negotiations are not unheard of. Regional Sports Networks disputes are also going on with other providers right now. DIRECTV and Comcast are currently also saying enough is enough with Regional Sports models as they are also experiencing a blackout with Altitude Sports. For too long, FOX Regional Sports Networks has employed this tactic of putting you, the customer, in the middle.
We continue to remain hopeful that the FOX Regional Sports Networks will work with us and agree to a fair deal for our customers. As of Friday, August 23, the FOX Regional Sports Networks were sold from The Walt Disney Company to Sinclair Broadcast Group for a total value of $10.6 billion. At DISH we are eager to accept a fair deal to bring these channels back. We are currently negotiating with Sinclair, as the new owner of the FOX Regional Sports Networks, to reach an agreement that benefits all.
We share your frustration that FOX Regional Sports Networks has removed your favorite games from you. We also appreciate your patience while we continue to work with them to bring your channels back as quickly as possible.
When will my access to my FOX Regional Sports Network return?
These channels will return as soon as our deal is accepted or extended by FOX Regional Sports Networks. Our ask is to continue to negotiate with FOX Regional Sports Network in private while you still have access to your channel. We continue to ask FOX Regional Sports Networks for the ability to do so, and to restore their channel.