Dish Network lawsuit accusing ESPN of breach of contract seeks $1 million in damages

Dish Network sues ESPN over carriage dispute

ENGLEWOOD, Colo. — Dish Network has filed a breach-of-contract lawsuit accusing ESPN of offering better terms to the satellite TV provider’s competitors than to Dish.

The lawsuit filed this week in federal court in New York accuses ESPN of breaking a 2005 agreement with Dish by offering Comcast Corp. and DirecTV Inc. better provisions than it offered Dish to carry ESPN’s networks, including ESPN Classic and ESPNU.

But ESPN spokeswoman Katina Arnold said Thursday that ESPN is in full compliance with the agreement and will vigorously defend the legal action.

Englewood-based Dish is seeking at least $1 million in damages.

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