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Notes: NFL Network and NFL RedZone goes dark on DISH and Sling TV

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According to the league, the NFL Network and NFL RedZone will no longer be available on either DISH or Sling. League communications stated that other providers agreed to proposed fees and terms for carrying the channels while DISH did not, leading to its decision to terminate carriage on services controlled by the second-largest satellite TV provider in the United States (though the web page for these products at DISH’s site is still live) late Thursday night.

The deal from 2016 that initially brought the two NFL channels to Sling TV made the streaming service one of the cheapest ways for fans to gain access: NFL Network began as an included channel in the 2016 version of the $25 Sling Blue package (the service offers two packages of channels designated “Blue” and “Orange”) while NFL RedZone could be added for an additional $5 to those who bought Sling Blue.

Joe Lucia at Awful Announcing reminded everyone that this comes on the heels of a “a long-running, somewhat bitter sounding carriage dispute with AT&T over the past year, which resulted in both NFL Network and RedZone being dropped from U-Verse and what was then known as DirecTV Now.” At the same time, DISH and Sling TV had recent distribution agreement disputes with several other content providers (including the Fox Sports regional sports networks) and bled subscribers in 2019, suggesting this is not just a one-off problem with the NFL. In the parlance of the AITA Reddit, we are probably looking at an unfortunate ESH (Everyone Sucks Here) situation for professional football fans who just want a reasonably priced streaming service carrying the NFL coverage they want to watch.

And now, on to the rest of today’s Notes:

  • Panini, which typically produces some of the earliest rookie cards for newly drafted NFL players, has been revealing its cards for this year’s NFLPA Rookie Premiere class. Here is the tweet from earlier in the week with Lions running back D’Andre Swift:

  • Root, root, root for the home team: