This is one of the MOST peaceful negotiations I can remember in my time with Dish. Seriously. Neither Dish nor ESPN has said BOO about the contract expiring in the next 5 days... In the past, we would have had Web sites, commercials, and channel scrolls by now each telling how the other was evil personified.
The only drama in this negotiation has been from a few "news" Web sites who seem to be recycling old news and old quotes to imply something bad is going to happen... someone today was talking about "Black Monday"... but nobody from Dish or ESPN is saying anything negative about the other.
Oh I agree with you 100%.
But.....what I don't get is IF a new deal is now in place WHY both sides have not announced that!? If Dish is to receive any of the online apps, like watchespn and espn3, and even ESPNU in HD then that would be a boon to anyone sitting on the fence thinking of switching over the Pac 12 Network not being on Directv. Because I know several on the fence who are afraid of switching and signing a 2 year deal for a provider w/o ESPN.
So my thought is - let's get on with it and announce it if a deal has been done.