SBD/Issue 111/Sports Media

Media Notes

Dish Network, which last week dropped NFL Network from its Top 100 package to its Top 200, said in a statement the NFL Network’s decision to simulcast the December 29 Patriots-Giants game on broadcast TV “is a case of greed. Their greed for more eyeballs and ad revenue led to their breach of our contract, in turn breaking their commitment not only to Dish Network, but to our customers. Because they failed to honor their promise, we took appropriate, justified action and look forward to proving our position in court." NFL Network Monday sued over the change (CABLEFAX DAILY, 2/28).

NOTES: ESPN and The Masters have reached an agreement that will allow ESPN to provide live streaming of all the network’s event telecasts of the April 7-13 tournament on ESPN360.com, live streaming of Augusta National's "Amen Corner" and "Masters Extra" on Masters.org and live look-ins and highlights on ESPN.com (ESPN)....The Chicago Tribune's Sam Smith, Charlotte Observer's Rick Bonnell and Pro Basketball News' Sam Amico have helped launch a Web site for the Pro Basketball Writers Association, probwa.com (THE DAILY)....MLS Fire this week will announce their local TV broadcast schedule for the '08 season which they hope will be the "biggest in team history" (Illinois DAILY HERALD, 2/27).

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