Are you ready for some football? You are paying for it regardless.

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Per-subscriber fees for sports networks keep going up: ESPN, the granddaddy of them all, passed the $5-a-month mark last year.

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Sports leagues will generate more than $17 billion in revenue selling rights to TV networks and other media companies by 2017, according to a new study by PriceWaterhouseCoopers.

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Journal Communications announced an 8% increase in third-quarter revenue, driven by a 22% increase in television revenue​…Steve Smith, chairman and CEO,​ said the increase was due to “continued growth in retransmission revenue,” which was $9.6 million…

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WBOC and FOX 21, the Delmarva CBS and FOX affiliates, recently announced that despite prolonged negotiations, it appears that DISH will no longer carry the stations past the end of its current contract.

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DIRECTV said this in a statement, “…WBOC’s owner Draper Holdings is denying DIRECTV permission to provide its stations unless DIRECTV first commits people to pay nearly seven times more to receive the same shows others keep getting both off-air and online for free.”

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NBC-affiliate KVLY and CBS-affiliate KXJB could be dropped because Cable One has been “unable to reach a fair deal with Gray Television,” which owns the two local stations.

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“It’s like we’re about to close on a house and the realtor is trying to make us buy a new car as well,” said Warren Schlichting, Dish senior vice president of programming. “Fox blacked out two of its news channels, using them as leverage to triple rates on sports and entertainment channels that are not in this contract.”

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CBS Corp and DISH Network Corp are far apart on talks for a new distribution deal, according to a person with knowledge of the negotiations, setting up the possibility that the satellite provider’s subscribers could lose access to the most-watched U.S. TV network next month. The current agreement, signed on January 5, 2012, is set to expire in late November.

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According to AMC, DIRECTV may walk away from The Walking Dead and the rest of its programming. During the Nov. 2 premiere episode of The Walking Dead, AMC began alerting DIRECTV subscribers via commercials and graphic snipes that their ability to watch cable’s top series, and TV’s leader among persons 18 to 49, could be compromised.

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