Multiyear football pact follows lengthy dispute

The NFL Network and satcaster Dish Network have resolved their ongoing dispute, sealing a new multiyear deal in the process.

Under the deal, the NFL Network will continue to be offered on Dish’s Classic Silver 200 channel package. The NFL Network also has agreed to drop all litigation against Dish.

Settlement terms were not disclosed, but the move follows a court decision earlier this year in favor of Dish.

The NFL Network filed suit against Dish in 2008 after the satellite provider pulled the channel from its most popular America’s Top 100 programming tier. That led to a loss of about 4 million subscribers for the NFL Network.

But in January, a New York state Supreme Court judge denied NFL Network’s request to be immediately reinstated on Dish’s Top 100 tier. A trial had been expected for summer.

“We are very pleased that our NFL Network will continue to be distributed in millions of homes on Dish Network,” said NFL commissioner Roger Goodell, while Dish chairman, president and CEO Charlie Ergen called the channel “a great complement to our programming lineup.”

Goodell noted that the agreement comes just in time for coverage of the April 25-26 NFL draft.

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