The St. Louis Blues have played five games, and DISH and Fox Sports Midwest have conspired to make local fans of both hockey and reasonably priced satellite TV (with terrible set-top boxes, in this correspondent's opinion) miss all of them. The DISH and Fox Sports Net kerfuffle threatens to drag into its second month, with neither side giving an inch. But the weirdest, and perhaps worst, sideplot yet: The Attorney General of Missouri getting involved. From KSDK, here's Chris Koster, who, astonishingly enough, is not competing in an active race at this moment:â†µ
"Whether they are watching our undefeated Mizzou Tigers roll through the Big 12 or watching Shark Hunters on Expedition Great White, these stations are important pieces in a consumers' TV choices. Our job is to stand up for Missouri consumers."â†µ
The rest of it is a little less creepy. Not to be denied, DISH offered its own paean to the Missouri Tigers:â†µ
"If anyone owes our customers a refund, it's FOX - and not just for service fees but for the inconvenience of denying our Missouri customers access to the undefeated Mizzou Tigers."â†µ
"Hm," I can imagine our DISH customer saying—"I hate that I haven't seen the Blues or the Tigers all season, but these DISH fellows seem to have the same feeling about the undefeated Mizzou Tigers as I do! Carry on, gentlemen." Somebody settle this, please, before Koster, Fox Sports, and DISH's Mexican Glad-Handing Stand-Off enters the televised-debate stage.