Big Ten, Dish Networks Reach Agreement
By Sean Powers
Good news came early Saturday morning for fans of the Fighting Illini and other conference teams. The Big Ten Network has finalized a new agreement with DISH Network, which returns Big Ten games to the satellite TV service.
The initial five-year agreement between Big Ten and Dish ended on Aug. 31, and the two sides reached two temporary, week-long deals. About a week ago, negotiations between the two sides stalled, and the Big Ten Network was taken off of Dish after a previous agreement expired.
“We’re pleased that both sides could eventually come together, and we thank fans for their patience,” BTN spokeswoman Elizabeth Conlisk said in a statement.
Dish has carried BTN since its launch in 2007.