Dish customers won’t get MSU-Alcorn

Mississippi State’s football game today with Alcorn State is a casualty of an ongoing dispute between News Corp. and the Dish Network.
News Corp., parent company of Fox and Fox Sports Net, blocked Dish Network’s access to its 19 regional sports networks Friday as the two sides wrangle over a new contract. That means Dish subscribers won’t be able to see the Alcorn State-MSU game, which airs on Fox Sports South at 11 a.m.
FSN spokesman Chris Bellitti was not optimistic about a resolution being reached before today’s kickoff.
“I’d like to tell you otherwise, but at this point, I want to be honest and realistic. It certainly doesn’t look that way,” Bellitti said Friday afternoon.
FSN is also carrying the Georgia-Colorado game at 6 p.m.
The dispute affects about 10-15 percent of FSN’s market within the SEC’s nine-state footprint. The only alternative to watching the MSU game live is ESPN3.com, but the game is subject to local blackout if it’s not a sellout. As of Friday afternoon, there were a few hundred tickets remaining.
Both the SEC and ESPN, who are in the second year of a 15-year, $2.25 billion contract, are monitoring the negotiations.
“It’s unfortunate that the deadline occurred so closely to a football weekend, but we’ll weather this storm and get through the weekend,” said Chris Turner, ESPN’s director of SEC projects.

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