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Dish conflict with Fox Sports over Atlanta Braves over after three years

022616 LAKE BUENA VISTA: Braves Freddie Freeman (from left), A.J. Pierzynski, Jeff Franceour, and Nick Markakis confer during batting practice at spring training on Friday, Feb 26, 2016, at the ESPN Wide World of Sports, Lake Buena Vista, FL. Curtis Compton / ccompton@ajc.com

022616 LAKE BUENA VISTA: Braves Freddie Freeman (from left), A.J. Pierzynski, Jeff Franceour, and Nick Markakis confer during batting practice at spring training on Friday, Feb 26, 2016, at the ESPN Wide World of Sports, Lake Buena Vista, FL. Curtis Compton / ccompton@ajc.com

By RODNEY HO/ rho@ajc.com, originally filed Tuesday, March 15, 2016

After three years, Dish Network and Fox Sports have finally resolved a long dispute that kept 50 weekend Atlanta Braves off the air in 2013, 2014 and 2015.

This year, Dish Network subscribers will finally get to watch all Braves games that air on Fox Sports networks.

In 2013, Fox Sports bought out the game rights for games that were originally going to air on Peachtree TV and asked for some extra money from the cable and satellite carriers. Everyone said fine – except Dish. Dish has said Fox was asking for too much for rights. Fox didn’t budge.

Dish in metro Atlanta from 2013 through 2015 aired about 100 weekday Braves games each year but blocked out around 50, usually the ones on weekends.

This year, Fox Sports will air 157 of the Braves’ 162 games. It’s split between Fox Sports South (80 games) and Fox Sports Southeast (77 games).

The Braves open the regular season on Fox Sports Southeast at home against the Washington Nationals on Monday, April 4 at 4 p.m. ET

This dispute had no impact on subscribers of AT&T U-Verse, Charter, DirecTV and Xfinity.

 


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