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FOX Sports North reaches 'temporary extension' to stay on DISH, Sling TV

FSN is still on DISH and Sling TV packages as of Tuesday morning.
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The supposed Monday shutdown of FOX Sports North for DISH and Sling TV subscribers has been delayed.

In an announcement on Tuesday, the FOX Sports Regional Networks says it has reached a "temporary extension" with DISH and its streaming subsidiary Sling, as they "work together towards an agreement for carriage of these networks."

Over the weekend, FOX Sports Regional Networks (RSN) urged fans to lobby DISH to keep the channels on its packages, amid negotiations between the two organizations about a contract extension.

But sports fans who subscribe to one of the two services were still able to see Twins beat the Yankees in an enthralling tussle at Target Field, prompting questions about why the shutdown didn't go ahead.

DISH told BMTN on Tuesday that the RSN channels "are still available to customers, but can’t comment beyond that."

After FOX RSN revealed the pending removal of its channels by DISH over the weekend, the TV provider said it was unsure why the company "decided to involve customers in the contract negotiation process at a point when there is still time for the two parties to reach a mutually beneficial deal."

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FOX RSN is currently owned by Disney, which took over in March as part of its purchase of 21st Century Fox. However, as a condition of the purchase, Disney has to sell the Fox RSN for competition reasons, and has agreed to a deal with the Sinclair Broadcast Group.

FSN broadcasts the majority of Minnesota Twins, Wild, Timberwolves, Lynx and United games.

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