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Dish Network customers could miss Miami Heat games

A carriage dispute between Dish Network and Fox could result in South Florida Dish Network customers missing Miami Heat games, which begin airing on Fox-owned Sun Sports on Tuesday with the team’s first preseason game against the Detroit Pistons.

If a new carriage agreement is not reached by midnight Thursday, Dish Network customers will lose access to Sun Sports and Fox Sports Florida.

The also means Orlando Magic games -- and the debut of the team’s brand new Amway Center – would be missing for Dish Network customers in central and northern Florida. Oh, and Florida Marlins fans with the Dish Network could miss the team’s final homestand of the 2010 season on Fox Sports Florida this weekend, too. Same goes for the Rays' final series on Sun Sports.

There’s still time for a resolution, but the fight’s gotten nasty enough that Fox is placing ads in area newspapers Thursday about the dispute and directing fans to a website for details called The site explains the issues from Fox’s point of view.

Fox says it has made numerous proposals on subscriber fees, but Dish has not agreed to any of them.

Tuesday’s Heat preseason game is being aired nationally on NBA TV, but is blacked out per NBA rules in South Florida, where Sun Sports will be airing it exclusively.

Categories: Miami Heat (174), NBA (139), Television (35)

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CRAIG DAVIS In more than 33 years at the Sun Sentinel, Craig Davis has written about a wide variety of sports topics from baseball to yachting, fishing to triathlons, and also worked as a copy editor and page designer. Recently he reported on local sports, including running, swimming, cycling, equestrian and beach volleyball. He enjoys sports as a participant as well as a spectator, is active in the South Florida running scene plays in the curling club at Saveology Iceplex. This blog offers a glimpse at the business side of sports in the interest of enhancing enjoyment of the games and sporting options as a spectator as well as a participant.
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