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Written by The Staff   
Thursday, 05 April 2007 04:57

DISH NetworkWhile the door has been left open for EchoStar’s DISH Network to work a deal for MLB Extra Innings after iN Demand and MLB announced their deal Wednesday, the The Hollywood Reporter has the tone coming out of EchoStar as one that seems to point to a deal not being completed.

"We are not optimistic we can strike a fair deal for our customers," an Echostar spokeswoman said.

Echostar said that MLB's proposal would force Dish to pass on costs to its customer base, including those who don't subscribe to Extra Innings. Echostar claimed it was a disproportionate share in comparison to DirecTV and In Demand's owners Comcast Corp., Time Warner Cable and Cox Communications.

Ourand and Fisher on the Sports Business Daily report:

The main hang up is that baseball is asking Dish to pay 25% percent of the Extra Innings guarantee even though it has only 10% of its subscribers, which is consistent with the terms DirecTV and cable agreed to.

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