Skip to content

Big Ten Network, DISH unable to come to agreement

New Big Ten Logo I

Last week, we noted that the Big Ten Network and DISH had agreed in principle to a long-term partnership. Turns out, that won’t be going through as expected.

The BTN announced early Saturday morning that its agreement with the satellite company to carry games has expired. Here’s the release from the conference:

“As of September 14th, BTN’s distribution agreement with Dish expired despite our best efforts to finalize an agreement. We are disappointed that Dish does not see the value in the network in the same way that so many of their customers do, including Big Ten students, alumni, fans and viewers across the country who continue to pay Dish for a channel they no longer receive.”

While this doesn’t officially end the chances of a B1G/DISH partnership, it’s not the best news in a world where the TV deal rules all. Also, insert your “yeah, well after last weekend who would want to pay to watch the Big Ten wakka wakka amirite?” jokes here.

Permalink 8 Comments Feed for comments Latest Stories in: Big Ten Conference, Illinois Fighting Illini, Indiana Hoosiers, Iowa Hawkeyes, Michigan State Spartans, Michigan Wolverines, Minnesota Golden Gophers, Nebraska Cornhuskers, Northwestern Wildcats, Ohio State Buckeyes, Penn State Nittany Lions, Purdue Boilermakers, Rumor Mill, Top Posts, Wisconsin Badgers
8 Responses to “Big Ten Network, DISH unable to come to agreement”
  1. alligatorsnapper says: Sep 15, 2012 10:34 AM

    B1G could easily go to another provider or become more realistic in its position and agree to less money, then a deal with DISH or others would be quick.

    If B1G teams continue on the same trend they have shown so far this season the price will keep coming down. Declining value to broadcasters for declining quality of play? That is a novel idea… The B1G need to sign a contract now before the price goes down too far. I doubt no matter what they will lose money, it is just a matter of reaching the correct market price.

  2. woebegong says: Sep 15, 2012 10:34 AM

    I am not surprised if Dish Network can’t make it happen. That is a company that is listed as one of the ten poorest companies to deal with as far as customer satisfaction goes, and it is mostly blamed on their management.
    They regularly discontinue content with the customer left holding the bag. That is why folks that want satellite are flocking to direct TV more and more. The price is a little higher, but the satisfaction of being able to watch the programs available is much better.

  3. parkcityute says: Sep 15, 2012 10:42 AM

    alligatorsnapper’s fun with the situation is appreciated. I appreciate the humor.

    Truthfully, Dish Network is a mess. They don’t respond to outages, reprogramming problems, drop stations, long wait times for anything, and if you have defective equipment…forget it!

  4. sabatimus says: Sep 15, 2012 10:54 AM

    Same thing with AMC.

  5. bat42boy says: Sep 15, 2012 2:16 PM

    BTN should pay Dish to carry their station, not the other way. Something is wrong in satellite TV fees. This goes for all because if they don’t have satellite how many people would see there product. It only makes sense. Let BTN make money from the advertising. However, DISH, DIRECTV and all CABLE COS should keep their rates very low, that way our fees would go down. This whole business is totally backwards.

  6. manchestermiracle says: Sep 15, 2012 2:54 PM

    I haven’t experienced poor customer service here in Texas. When I’ve had equipment issues Dish has responded well. In my opinion the reception could be a whole lot better in inclement weather. If it rains more than a sprinkle the signal is lost. That wasn’t an issue last year in the drought, but this year we’ve had quite a bit more rain. When I had DirecTV a decade ago in Colorado it had to be a monsoon or blizzard for the signal to be lost.

    If the Pac12 could come to an agreement with Dish then what is the Big10’s problem? BTN’s take on the situation tries to put the blame squarely on Dish, but the satellite company’s agreement with the Pac12 makes the BTN’s reasoning sound rather hollow.

  7. manchestermiracle says: Sep 15, 2012 3:11 PM


    Don’t know what your sources are, but JDPower (a pretty well-known company) and Business Week teamed up to rank cable/satellite providers for customer satisfaction and product quality. They broke down the rankings into four geographical areas, East, North Central, South, and West.

    In the East Dish was third behind DirecTV and Cox. In the North Central Dish was third behind Wow! and DirecTV. In the South Dish was fourth behind Bright House, DirecTV, and Time Warner. In the West Dish was second behind Cox.

    I had Cox cable in Kansas and Time Warner in California. They were both average, at best, and both were more expensive than Dish. I had DirecTV in Colorado and had no issues, but that was 12 years ago.

    Dish doesn’t rank very highly, but is certainly not at the bottom. Adelphia and Comcast are at or near the bottom in all four geographic rankings. You can see all the rankings at

    Dish certainly has room for improvement, but my experiences with them and other providers (as well as the rankings noted above) doesn’t support your claim. The only two satellite providers in this country have been trying to merge for several years now. If other high-tech mergers are any indication this will only cause even poorer customer service and increased technical issues, since there will be no other satellite competition.

    I’m certainly not trying to be an apologist for Dish Network. They’re cheaper than DirecTV, but aren’t as good in delivering the product. The entire sat/cable industry could stand massive improvement, but sat providers are head-and-shoulders above cable companies.

  8. Legion Of Boom says: Sep 15, 2012 5:28 PM

    IMO it’s hard to tell. On one hand, Dish could be being too rigid and bad at negotiating, hence AMC. On the other, B1G could be using the bad publicity from AMC to their advantage and trying to cornhole Dish. But either way, I don’t see Dish surviving very much longer.

Leave a Reply

You must be logged in to leave a comment. Not a member? Register now!