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Inside the Sinclair-Dish Network deal



Hats off to CBS for effectively counter programming against “Sunday Night Football” last night. Nearly 10 million viewers, including my daughter and me, watched Adele’s concert/Oprah interview.

Sinclair and Dish Network have ended negotiations around the Bally Sports RSNs, meaning that the satellite distributor is unlikely to carry the local sports channels for at least the next several years, if ever, according to several sources. Dish TV will carry Sinclair’s 144 local broadcast stations and Tennis Channel, but it did not come to an agreement for the company’s local sports channels.

Word is that Sinclair execs became worried that Dish Network had no intention of ever signing an RSN deal and was stringing along the negotiations. The idea is that Sinclair would lose a lot of negotiating leverage on its local stations once the highly rated NFL season ends.

Sinclair and Dish already had reached a deal on the local…

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