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DISH, Fox Sports Midwest Reach Agreement: St. Louis Blues Back On Air Immediately

They were at each other's throats, it seems, twenty minutes ago, but now DISH Network and Fox Sports are the best of friends—the Fox channels are back on DISH effective immediately, which means that St. Louis Blues fans who would rather be under contract with one satellite company than both of them are now able to catch tonight's game against the Atlanta Thrashers.

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Of course, since they spent the better part of a month libeling each other via press release, you're probably interested in knowing what it took to get DISH and Fox Sports back together. And I'm in no way able to tell you! Their last press release has each side thanking their wonderful and benevolent "partners", as well as customers for their "support"—which consisted mostly, I believe, of angry phone calls. (I can't imagine even one person calling DISH and saying: "You guys are totally in the right here! Fight Fox Networks for that last dollar!" But I could be wrong.)

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It's an anticlimactic end to what is, finally, a pretty anticlimactic bout—a power-struggle between the other satellite company and a group of networks that includes the regional sports nets that brought us Top 50 Best Damn Wacky Mascot Tumbles and, this one is a real title, Best Damn Hooters Swimsuit Pageant; and FX, which is the network that shows It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia before you borrow your friend's DVD box sets. I'll be more concerned when Kabletown and ABC can't agree to terms.

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