After indicating last week that a long-term agreement would be completed, the Big Ten Network announced early Saturday that its pact with DISH Network to carry games has expired.
BTN released the following statement:
As of September 14th, BTN's distribution agreement with Dish expired despite our best efforts to finalize an agreement. We are disappointed that Dish does not see the value in the network in the same way that so many of their customers do, including Big Ten students, alumni, fans and viewers across the country who continue to pay Dish for a channel they no longer receive.
The situation is fluid and could change, but this is a setback after the sides reached agreements prior to the first two weekends of the season.
BTN will carry eight of the 12 Big Ten games Saturday: Western Michigan-Minnesota, Charleston Southern-Illinois, Eastern Michigan-Purdue, Boston College-Northwestern, Northern Iowa-Iowa, Massachusetts-Michigan, Ball State-Indiana and Utah State-Wisconsin.