A dispute over distribution fees forced Dish Network to end their agreement with NFL recently. This marks the first time in the history of NFL, where a TV service provider has rejected broadcasting the league. Apart from owing the rights to 8 Thursday Night football games, the NFL also shared a deal with NBC and CBS for 10 other games. The monthly fee of NFL is approximately estimated to nearly $1.31 per customer.
This is not the first time that Dish Network is battling against outrageous rising costs of sports channels. Dish network has engaged in a similar dispute with Tribune over fees, which resulted in the removal of Tribune stations from the Dish Network.
NFL networks were offering more original programs and the ratings were at a promising point, but the surprising turn of events has caused the ratings to drop down significantly. Just like all other TV service providers, Dish Network also offered the NFL network only on specific number of channels. But now, Dish Network may lose NFL’s RedZone service channel, which carries the live action of football games on every Sunday through the entire football season.
A Dish Network spokesman commented that “we remain open to a fair offer that allows us to carry this content at an appropriate value to our customers.” On the other hand, NFL responded that their channels currently reach up to 60 million homes and they have listed the television channels that still contains NFL sports channels, so that the viewers can watch the football game.
The NFL sports channel has been blocked in approximately 7 million homes. So, if you are a Dish subscriber planning to stay updated on the world of football through NFL, you are going to be disappointed.
The NFL network may have experienced difficulties during selection but they have not been dropped out or canceled. Subscribers are not really concerned about the exclusion of NFL channels, as it is offseason now, but if this dispute extend over to the months August or September, fans are most likely to miss out pre-season and the first few matches of the regular season.