Bring the St. Louis Cardinals and Chicago Cubs Games Back to Dish Network TV

Bring the St. Louis Cardinals and Chicago Cubs Games Back to Dish Network TV

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Ben Maier started this petition to Sinclair Broadcast Group and

Dish Network customers in Illinois and surrounding states no longer have access to their Cubs and Cardinals games through their satellite TV subscription.

Dish Network is one of the top TV providers in the country and especially in rural areas of it. Illinois has many rural areas, and the people living in them--the baseball fans living in them--have limited choices for TV providers. Some of the fans in those areas are users of DirecTV, which has access to the Cubs and Cardinals games via Marquee Sports Network and Bally Sports Midwest, respectively.

However, some of the fans are users of Dish Network, which no longer offers Bally Sports Midwest and does not offer Marquee Sports Network. Some of these Dish Network subscribers can not move to another TV provider because of where they live, because of monetary reasons (e.g. DirecTV's packages cost more), or because they are in a contract with Dish Network.

The TV provider used to carry both the Cardinals and Cubs games, but thanks to a company called Sinclair Broadcast Group (who owns Bally Sports (as a joint venture with Entertainment Studios) and Marquee Sports Network), and to a lack of agreements being made between that company and Dish Network, or between Bally Sports and Dish Network and Marquee Sports Network and Dish Network, that is no longer the case.

Cardinals and Cubs fans using Dish Network in Illinois and the surrounding states can no longer watch their favorite MLB teams play on TV without subscribing to another expensive service, such as MLB.TV, or streaming the game illegally. To add to that, if the Dish Network customers were to subscribe to MLB.TV, blackout restrictions might apply in their living area, meaning that the person will not be able to access the game they want to watch anyways (without a VPN at least, which is yet another cost to add to the monthly statement).

This whole situation is messed up, and the baseball-lover users of Dish Network--the Cubs and Cardinals fans of Dish Network--should not stand for it. Petition Dish Network, Bally Sports, Marquee Sports Network, Entertainment Studios, and Sinclair Broadcast Group (mainly the last of these) to give the Dish Network-subscribed Cubs and Cardinals fans in Illinois and the surrounding states back their baseball games. Sign this petition to help make a change. 

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