Big Ten Network & Dish Reach Agreement

By: Stephanie Morrissey Email
By: Stephanie Morrissey Email

Good news for Husker fans who don't have tickets to football games. The Big Ten Network and Dish have reached an agreement, bringing BTN back to the Dish lineup. That means Husker football games will be back as well.

BTN released a statement saying, "We’re pleased that both sides could eventually come together, and we thank fans for their patience."

Husker fans who subscribe to Dish were upset about the inconvenience of not being able to watch the games on TV.

Ron and Judy Pollak have been tailgating in the same spot for 10 years and have been Dish subscribers for 15. They've spent the past few days calling Dish to complain about the Big Ten Network's absence from the channel lineup.

The Pollack's, their tailgating neighbors and others from around the country were happy to hear the two had reached an agreement.

"I kept my cool. I figured they'd come through. I was a little disappointed but they usually come through. There's too many customers out there who would switch to someone else. We've been with them for so long," Judy Pollack said.

Even though the Pollack's have season tickets, they know tons of fans who rely on TV for Husker coverage.

"I was extremely upset. The fact that we pay for this for one reason and one reason only. The people at home who can't come to the games now can't enjoy the game at all. We've made a commitment to be with them and then they drop it for unknown reasons,"said Mike Radel, a Dish subscriber from Omaha.

Some fans even took extra precautions.

"I was not a happy camper. That would have seriously messed up some of the plans we had for today. We made alternative plans with another satellite company to get the game," said Mike Renton, a Dish subscriber from Lincoln.

Even after the agreement was reached, there are fans who still can't look past it.

"It's kind of like they've burned the bridge now. I was looking online and this isn't the first time they've done this and it won't be the last. After this year, we'll just rethink our provider and see what happens," Radel said.


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