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Sen. Markey Makes 'Patriot' Push for CBS/Dish Retrans Settlement

Sen. Ed Markey (D-Mass.) says the retrans impasse between CBS and Dish--CBS stations are off the satellite service in major markets as the big Thanksgiving holiday viewing window begins to open--needs to get settled ASAP, particularly given that his hometown football team could be blacked out.

“These contract disputes between DISH and CBS will make a lot of fans frustrated when they tune into the Patriots on Sunday and see nothing but a blank screen,” Markey said in a statement.

He was not taking sides, just saying he didn't want viewers to be sidelined for the big game. “I make no representations as to the merits of either side’s position, but hope for Patriots’ fans' sake that a quick resolution can get our team back on DISH customers' screens in time to see this AFC East rivalry game on Sunday.”

Frequently it is the lack of access to big-ticket sports, like pro and college football, that gets Capitol Hill urging swift settlements of carriage disputes or local market modifications for the sake of their hometown constituents.

At press time CBS was saying the two sides remained far apart. CBS stations have been off Dish since Monday (Nov. 20).

Related: CBS Warns Blackout on Dish Deadline

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Chelsea Anderson has been with Future for two years. She started as an intern with NewBay Media/Multichannel News in 2015. During her time she wrote bylined articles and program reviews as well as helped with research graphics for the magazine. She later became News Assistant for Broadcasting & Cable in 2017 until 2020 when she became Assistant Content Producer. Chelsea graduated from Niagara University in 2016 with a Bachelor's in Communication Studies and a double minor in Writing Studies and Sociology.