Don't Expect To DISH The Braves This Weekend

Don't get El Oso Blanco mad at you, DISH. - Daniel Shirey-USA TODAY Sports

DISH Network is refusing to air over 45 Braves games this season.

If you are a DISH customer, don't bother trying to watch any Braves games this weekend. In fact, don't bother trying to watch any Braves games next weekend or the weekend after, because DISH will not be showing them. That's right, DISH is blacking out 45-plus Braves games on FOX Sports South (see bottom of post for full list).

These are the Braves games that FOX bought this off-season from Peachtree TV, and while other Braves games will still be available on DISH, these particular games will be blacked out. Yep, you'll be able to watch Braves Live before the game, but as soon as it's game time... black screen. Just go read some of the angry tweets from last Friday when DISH blacked out the first game.

First off, the likely reason that these games are blacked out is because DISH refuses to pay FOX's surcharge for these additional games... even though every other cable company and satellite provider that covers the Atlanta region has paid to carry these games.

When FOX acquired these games over the off-season Braves fans were thrilled because the money that FOX was paying was significantly more than the money that Peachtree TV had been paying. This means more revenue for the team as the Braves try to compete with other organizations that have received huge local TV deals in recent years. Naturally, FOX must pass these cost along to the carriers. Not to mention that most of these games are prime weekend games that garner more of an audience, so there's already a premium that should be charged.

Disputes like this are nothing new to DISH. In 2010, DISH threatened to pull all of the FSN channels across the country because of a disputed rate hike that DISH didn't want to pay. The parties came to an agreement just two days before the old deal was set to expire.

Just last year Braves fans with DISH missed games on Peachtree TV because of a dispute between the satellite TV provider and the network. That dispute was settled in mid-May, but not before Braves fans with DISH had missed 10 games of the 2012 season.

DISH had a very similar dispute with FOX Sports West when they acquired 25 additional Angels games last year.

It appears that however it pisses off DISH subscribers, the company's tactic with rate hikes it doesn't like is to blame the other party and refuse to give in until someone feels some pain. DISH even had to pay hundreds of millions in damages last year when they removed AMC from their lineup. Yet still, they continue to insist that it's not their fault. Their answer to fans who ask them why they can't watch these Braves games is even more of a smartass answer than the person who asked the question:

(I can't make that stuff up.) This will be of little conciliation to the fans that wait all week for the weekend to watch their Braves.

I imagine that this dispute will get resolved eventually, but likely not without causing Braves fans a few headaches. I also have to believe that this will cost DISH thousands of subscribers, as Atlanta area residents can switch to any other cable or satellite provider in the region and watch these games without the hassle.

In the meantime, send angry tweets to @dish_answers. Tell them to stop this foolishness. A strong outpouring of concern and displeasure on Twitter and other social media (even in the comments here) could go a long way towards ending this stalemate.

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List of games that will be blacked out by DISH:

Fri

4/26

@

Detroit Tigers

7:00 PM

FSSO

Fri

5/3

VS

NEW YORK METS

7:30 PM

FSSO

Sat

5/4

VS

NEW YORK METS

7:00 PM

FSSO

Sun

5/5

VS

NEW YORK METS

1:30 PM

FSSO

Thu

5/9

@

San Francisco Giants

10:00 PM

FSSO

Fri

5/10

@

San Francisco Giants

10:00 PM

FSSO

Sat

5/11

@

San Francisco Giants

4:00 PM

FSSO

Sun

5/12

@

San Francisco Giants

4:00 PM

FSSO

Fri

5/17

VS

LOS ANGELES DODGERS

7:30 PM

FSSO

Sat

5/18

VS

LOS ANGELES DODGERS

7:00 PM

FSSO

Sun

5/19

VS

LOS ANGELES DODGERS

1:30 PM

FSSO

Fri

5/31

VS

WASHINGTON NATIONALS

7:30 PM

FSSO

Fri

6/7

@

Los Angeles Dodgers

10:00 PM

FSSO

Sat

6/8

@

Los Angeles Dodgers

10:00 PM

FSSO

Fri

6/14

VS

SAN FRANCISCO GIANTS

7:30 PM

FSSO

Sat

6/15

VS

SAN FRANCISCO GIANTS

4:00 PM

FSSO

Sun

6/16

VS

SAN FRANCISCO GIANTS

1:30 PM

FSSO

Fri

6/21

@

Milwaukee Brewers

8:00 PM

FSSO

Sat

6/22

@

Milwaukee Brewers

4:00 PM

FSSO

Sun

6/23

@

Milwaukee Brewers

2:00 PM

FSSO

Fri

6/28

VS

ARIZONA DIAMONDBACKS

7:30 PM

FSSO

Sat

6/29

VS

ARIZONA DIAMONDBACKS

4:00 PM

FSSO

Sun

6/30

VS

ARIZONA DIAMONDBACKS

1:30 PM

FSSO

Fri

7/5

@

Philadelphia Phillies

7:00 PM

FSSO

Sun

7/7

@

Philadelphia Phillies

1:30 PM

FSSO

Fri

7/12

VS

CINCINNATI REDS

7:30 PM

FSSO

Sun

7/14

VS

CINCINNATI REDS

1:30 PM

FSSO

Fri

7/19

@

Chicago White Sox

8:00 PM

FSSO

Sun

7/21

@

Chicago White Sox

2:00 PM

FSSO

Fri

7/26

VS

ST. LOUIS CARDINALS

7:30 PM

FSSO

Fri

8/2

@

Philadelphia Phillies

7:00 PM

FSSO

Fri

8/9

VS

MIAMI MARLINS

7:30 PM

FSSO

Sat

8/10

VS

MIAMI MARLINS

7:00 PM

FSSO

Sun

8/11

VS

MIAMI MARLINS

1:30 PM

FSSO

Fri

8/16

VS

WASHINGTON NATIONALS

7:30 PM

FSSO

Sat

8/17

VS

WASHINGTON NATIONALS

7:00 PM

FSSO

Fri

8/23

@

St. Louis Cardinals

8:00 PM

FSSO

Sun

8/25

@

St. Louis Cardinals

2:00 PM

FSSO

Fri

8/30

VS

MIAMI MARLINS

7:30 PM

FSSO

Sun

9/1

VS

MIAMI MARLINS

5:00 PM

FSSO

Fri

9/6

@

Philadelphia Phillies

7:00 PM

FSSO

Sun

9/8

@

Philadelphia Phillies

1:30 PM

FSSO

Fri

9/13

VS

SAN DIEGO PADRES

7:30 PM

FSSO

Sat

9/14

VS

SAN DIEGO PADRES

7:00 PM

FSSO

Sun

9/15

VS

SAN DIEGO PADRES

1:30 PM

FSSO

Fri

9/20

@

Chicago Cubs

2:00 PM

FSSO

Fri

9/27

VS

PHILADELPHIA PHILLIES

7:30 PM

FSSO

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