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Wednesday October 13, 2010Sun Sports / DISH Network Update

Gainesville, Fla.

Gator Fans:

As you are aware, Sun Sports and FOX Sports Florida are long-term television partners of the Gators.  Currently, DISH Network subscribers are not receiving these channels, impacting the delivery of Breakfast with the Gators programming, Florida Football with Urban Meyer coach's show and other popular shows to DISH Network subscribers.  Our partners at Fox have provided the following update for Gator fans:

In addition to the popular football replays on Sun Sports every Sunday morning, many Gator & SEC men's basketball games are scheduled exclusively on Sun Sports & FOX Sports Florida this coming season, along with numerous women's basketball, soccer & volleyball matches.   But if you have DISH Network, you are not currently receiving this programming, including game replays and  coaches shows. 

Here is the current situation:

  • At midnight on October 1, DISH Network dropped Sun Sports and FOX Sports Florida (and all the Fox-owned FSN networks throughout the United States) because it did not reach agreement with Fox to carry the networks after the previous agreement expired.
  • As a result, Gator fans that have DISH will miss all Gator games and related programming on Sun Sports /FOX Sports Florida until a fair agreement can be reached.  DISH customers will also miss Orlando Magic (N/Cent FL), Miami Heat (S FL), Tampa Bay Lightning (N/Cent FL) & Florida Panthers (S FL) games, SEC & ACC basketball games, and Florida high school football championships, as well as all other programming that Sun Sports and FOX Sports Florida have to offer.  DISH customers also currently do not get FX or the National Geographic Channel.
  • And as of Nov. 1, DISH customers could also lose WOGX (FOX51) in Gainesville, WTVT (FOX13) in Tampa , and WOFL (FOX35) in Orlando

Sun Sports & FOX Sports Florida are offered by a number of other local distributors throughout Florida. Gator games televised on Sun Sports & FOX Sports Florida remain available on those carriers.

What should fans do?

Call 1-877-99-I-PAID or go to www.getwhatipaidfor.com to learn about other local providers that carry Fox programming.

If you are not a DISH customer, you will not be affected and get to enjoy all of Sun Sports' and FOX Sports Florida's Gator telecasts this season.

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