Fox Sports South and Fox Sports Southeast are the primary carriers of Atlanta Braves games, airing 154 this year. Dish subscribers would miss out on games starting Tuesday, July 23 with a two-game series against the Kansas City Royals followed by a three-game against the Philadelphia Phillies and three more with the Washington Nationals.
The Braves are currently leading the National League East.
A spokesman for Fox Sports regional networks declined to comment but the networks have been posting ads on Facebook with the headline “Keep My Home Teams” and featuring a phone number and website.
Dish provided this statement:
“DISH’s goal is to keep these channels available to our customers. We are unsure why Disney, the new owner of these channels, decided to involve customers in the contract negotiation process at a point when there is still time for the two parties to reach a mutually beneficial deal.”
Dish had a previous conflict with Fox Sports that lasted from 2013 to 2015 and kept 50 weekend Atlanta Braves off the air over three seasons.
Why did that happen In 2013? Fox Sports bought the rights for games that were originally set to air on Peachtree TV and asked for 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 until 2016.
Meanwhile, in the other current Dish dispute, Meredith Corp., owner of several TV stations, including CBS46, decided to pull its stations off Dish Tuesday and a resolution has not happened yet as of Saturday night.