So the usual game of cat and mouse regarding carriage license contract negotiations is up and running. One important component of this particular negotiation is that Ratings Sweeps season is here. November sweeps begin tomorrow and run through November 23. This is not a time that a Broadcaster wants to lose millions of viewers. That's why Fox offered to leave the channels lit until a new deal was completed.......well, until November 24 anyway, and also the reason that D* threatened to pull the Fox channels on November first. They know that Fox would take a huge hit in the ratings sweeps, and that means that the Fox advertisers would be looking for lower rates. I predict that this will be resolved sooner rather than later.