Phoenix – If you have the DISH Network, the Colorado Rockies season ended a few days ago.
DISH Network has dropped AT&T SportsNet from its channel lineup, effectively dropping television coverage of the Colorado Rockies and other major sports teams across the country.
The move was announced Thursday by both DISH and AT&T SportsNet. Rockies fans who normally watch matches via DISH will not be able to watch the team’s final three games of the season in Arizona.
DISH dropped not only AT&T SportsNet Rocky Mountain – which holds the Rockies – but also AT&T SportsNet Southwest, AT&T SportsNet Pittsburgh and ROOT Sports Northwest.
DISH customers in those markets now do not have live games from teams such as the Houston Astros, Utah Jazz, Houston Rockets, Vegas Golden Knights, Seattle Kraken, Pittsburgh Penguins and Pittsburgh Pirates.
For Colorado sports fans, the decision follows two back-to-back seasons where Nuggets, Avalanche and Rapids games were not available on Comcast (XFinity cable) and DISH following the expiration of the providers’ agreements with Altitude TV.
The Rockies did not issue a statement on the matter, instead citing statements from AT&T SportsNet.
“We are not surprised that DISH Network chose to deprive its customers of our regional sports networks,” said Patrick Crump, President of AT&T Sports Networks. “As each of the country’s regional sports network agreements with DISH have been renewed over the past several years, we’ve seen them remove every RSN from their channel lineup.
“As of today, AT&T SportsNet and ROOT SPORTS were among the last remaining RSNs on the DISH platform. With DISH dropping our RSNs today, there is only one RSN left in the entire country that is carried by DISH.
“It is unfortunate that DISH has decided to abandon local MLB, NBA, and NHL games, but the vast majority of DISH subscribers will have multiple alternative options to the TV and streaming providers that move our networks and we expect many of DISH to switch to those providers that value local sports content. Outstanding.”
Of course, the DISH Network offered a different view of the situation.
“The current RSN model is basically broken,” said Brian Nealon, president of DISH Group, Cord Cutter News said. “This model requires nearly all customers to pay for RSNs while only a small percentage of customers actually view them.”
Neelon said there should be an alternative for fans to watch regional sports networks.
“Our proposal to provide sports fans with access to RSNs is simple, and provides choice and value to all of our customers,” said Nealon. It will allow DISH TV customers to choose to subscribe to the RSN channels they want – such as AT&T SportsNet and Root Sports regional networks – on a selective basis, similar to premium subscription channels.
“With this updated RSN model, no customer will have to pay for content they don’t watch, and RSN will determine the price customers will pay for their channels.”