Dish Network ( DISH) and the National Football League settled their dispute over how the satellite provider broadcasts the NFL Network in its programming packages. On Friday, the two sides said the settlement includes a multiyear agreement for continued carriage of the NFL Network in Dish Network's Classic Silver 200-channel programming package, ending all litigation. The terms of the settlement were not disclosed. The dispute started in January 2008, when Dish moved the NFL Network from its 100-channel tier to its 200-channel tier, which has fewer subscribers, after the NFL simulcast a game between the New England Patriots and the New York Giants in December 2007, when the Patriots were attempting to close out the regular season with a perfect 16-0 record.
At the time, Dish said the NFL violated their contract with the simulcast game, which was also shown on CBS ( CBS) and General Electric's ( GE) NBC. The league filed its lawsuit a month later, saying the contract still applied. "We are very pleased that our NFL Network will continue to be distributed in millions of homes on Dish Network," said NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell. Dish President and CEO Charlie Ergen added that the NFL Network is "a great complement to our programming lineup and we are pleased to offer the channel to our subscribers." Last month, the NFL extended its exclusive agreement with Dish's rival DirecTV ( DTV) for rights to broadcast games through the 2014 season.