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Sun Sports/FOX Sports Florida & DISH Network Update

by Staff Writer / Tampa Bay Lightning

Broadcasting veteran Rick Peckham returns to the microphone for another exciting season in the Sun Sports Tampa Bay Lightning broadcast booth, alongside color analyst Bobby “The Chief” Taylor as they call all the action of Lightning hockey in their 16th year together.

Not every Lightning fan, however, will be able to catch Rick and Chief call the action this season. Fans are in danger of missing every Lightning game airing on Sun Sports this season if they are a DISH Network customer. 

DISH Network and Fox (national) are currently in a stalemate on a new affiliation agreement.  The latest agreement expired on September 30 and DISH Network customers have been without Sun Sports and FOX Sports Florida regional sports networks for close to two weeks now and counting.

The Lightning are hopeful that a deal is made soon between DISH and Fox so that all fans will be able to watch the games. But if you are currently a DISH Network customer, there is no guarantee that you’ll see any Lightning games broadcast on Sun Sports this season.

Sun Sports continues to be committed to the Lightning as well as the game of hockey as our valued partner:

  • Sun Sports has already aired a special 2010-11 Lightning Season Preview show for fans and continued to replay the program in the weeks leading up to the season opener.
  • In addition, all 65 Lightning games on Sun Sports this season are being produced in stunning HD, providing the absolute best viewing experience for hockey fans.
  • In-game enhancements, such as players and coaches mic’d up, between period interviews and the X-mo camera system also return to select Lightning telecasts this season on Sun Sports. Combined with low and wide camera angles, the X-mo allows analysts to explain crucial plays and lets the fans relive unbelievable moments. The super slow motion replay adds to the storytelling of the game.
  • Sun Sports also offers “Lightning LIVE,” pre- and post-game shows for all home games with Peckham, Chief, Paul Kennedy and special guests, including 2004 Lightning Stanley Cup Champions Dave Andreychuk and Chris Dingman.  These live shows complement the network’s game coverage, offering fans a preview of the game ahead with exclusive interviews and features, plus post-game analysis.
  • Paul Kennedy is also returning for a 10th consecutive year to provide insight into the action, including analysis and rink-side player interviews with the rest of the Bolts broadcast team.

But if you have DISH Network, you currently are not able to see any Lightning broadcasts on Sun Sports. Here is what we know from Sun Sports:

At midnight on September 30, DISH Network dropped Sun Sports, because it refused to reach a fair agreement with Fox to carry the network.

As a result, Lightning fans may miss the majority of the team’s games.

If DISH refuses to reach a fair agreement with Fox soon, there's a good chance DISH customers will miss the Lightning’s entire schedule of games on Sun Sports.

Fortunately, there are alternatives, as Sun Sports is offered by a number of other local distributors in our area. If you are not a DISH customer, you will not be affected and you will get to enjoy all of Sun Sports’ telecasts this season.

As you can imagine, DISH’s competitors are ready, willing and able to make great offers to DISH customers that don’t want to miss all the excitement of Lightning hockey. Fox Sports Florida and Sun Sports are offered by a number of other local distributors in our area.

If you would like to learn more, please call 1-877-99-I-PAID or go to

If you are not a DISH customer, you will not be affected and may enjoy all Lightning broadcasts throughout the entire season.

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