Sept. 18, 2012
Michigan State Director of Athletics Mark Hollis Statement on BTN-Dish Network Negotiations
"Over the past weekend, I was frustrated to learn that Dish had dropped BTN and was unwilling to finalize an agreement. Earlier in the week, we had every reason to believe that fans subscribing to Dish would have continuing access to their favorite Big Ten teams. This Saturday, the Big Ten Network is producing the football game between the Spartans and Eastern Michigan, along with six other games featuring Big Ten teams. All seven of these games are available to millions of fans via hundreds of television providers across the country including, in the state of Michigan, Comcast, DirecTV, Charter, AT&T's U-Verse, and other cable television providers.
"BTN has successfully reached agreements with all major television providers in the Big Ten geographic footprint except one, Dish Network. While we are not engaged in the negotiation process, Michigan State University is supportive of the BTN and its mission to provide coverage of all Big Ten sports to all Big Ten fans. It seems reasonable that an agreement between the BTN and Dish is possible, based on arrangements with all of the other major television providers.
"BTN is established as one of the leading sports television networks in the nation, currently celebrating its fifth anniversary. We thank Michigan State fans and fans across the Big Ten Conference for their on-going support. We, along with the BTN, strive to provide them with the best college sports television coverage in the nation."
BTN's Message to Dish Network Customers
Despite Big Ten Network's efforts to finalize an agreement, we are disappointed to tell you that Dish Network has decided to drop the Big Ten Network.
As you know, BTN has been working around the clock for weeks to try and reach a deal with Dish. They are now unwilling to sign a contract.
Dish customers will miss the rest of the football season on BTN and over 400 Big Ten sporting events. You are missing several dozen more football games this season and over a hundred men's basketball games. It is unfortunate that Dish does not value BTN in the same way that so many of their customers do, including Big Ten students, parents, alumni and fans across the country. Furthermore, DISH customers will continue to pay Dish for a channel they no longer receive.
If Dish won't give you the games you want, others will. To find another BTN provider, go to IWantBTN.com or call 1-855-WANT-B10 (1-855-926-8210) for more information. Stay up to date on the latest developments on BTN's Facebook page and on Twitter.
Thank you for your support.