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BUFFALO SABRES GAMES CURRENTLY NOT AVAILABLE ON DISH NETWORK

MSG and DISH Network Unable to Come to Terms on a New Agreement; Sabres Fans Urged to Switch Carriers

Friday, 10.01.2010 / 9:50 AM / News
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The Buffalo Sabres today announced that MSG Networks and DISH Network, who have been negotiating a new agreement since early this year, failed to come to an agreement by midnight last night to continue carrying Buffalo Sabres games.

“We’ve been informed by our broadcast partners at MSG they no longer have an agreement with DISH Network to televise Buffalo Sabres games,” said Michael Gilbert, director of public relations for the Buffalo Sabres. “This is a matter between MSG and DISH Network, and the Sabres have no involvement in the negotiations between the two parties. As a result, we encourage all of our fans who have DISH Network to switch carriers. As it currently stands, DISH Network subscribers will be unable to watch Buffalo Sabres games starting with the season opener on October 8.”

MSG Networks will be the home to 72 Buffalo Sabres broadcasts this season all of which will be broadcast in High Definition. Nine additional games will be broadcast by Versus and NBC.

“We are disappointed with DISH’s decision to drop MSG Networks. DISH has rejected numerous fair and reasonable proposals at rates, terms and conditions consistent with our deals with other operators. Instead of negotiating for a new agreement, DISH has decided to deprive their customers of our award-winning networks and their favorite sports teams,” said Dan Ronayne, executive vice president and general manager, MSG Networks. “We call on DISH to come to the negotiating table and reconsider our good faith proposals. We encourage DISH subscribers to call 1-877-616-4MSG or visit www.iwantmsg.com for more information, including a list of other providers in their area that carry MSG and MSG Plus.”

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