Dish, Disney Gird for Showdown Over ESPN

Dish Network Corp. Chairman Charlie Ergen has long railed against the high cost of sports on TV. Now he has a chance to do something about it.

Dish’s agreement to carry ESPN, the highest profile and most expensive of the national sports channels, expires at the end of September. Dish and ESPN’s majority-owner Walt Disney Co are now in negotiations on a renewal for the agreement, which dates back to 2005.

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