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Friday, Oct 11
Dish Network plays hardball
- Dish Network (DISH +0.5%) will play hardball in Bangor, Maine and take the local Fox station off the air if a new contract isn't worked out before then.
- The development means Boston Red Sox fans in the region could miss playoff games for as long as the team remains in contention.
- The big picture: Live sports is the one area of programming which typically causes cable/satellite operators to weaken in negotiations, but Dish has a history of being quite aggressive in pulling programming. It also has a mammoth contract negotiation in play with Disney's ESPN which could still cause a major ripple.