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TNT reportedly close to locking up Sir Charles

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A couple of interesting items today from long-time SportsWatch/WatchDog supporter John Ourand of the Sports Business Journal:

He reports TNT is close to re-signing Charles Barkley to a deal that also will include appearing on NBA TV.

Also, the NFL is suing Dish Network in the wake of its decision to move the NFL Network to a more restrictive tier.

Click below for Ourand's story on that topic.Here it is:

The NFL filed suit in federal court yesterday to try and keep EchoStar from moving NFL Network to a less widely penentrated tier. The league filed its suit Monday afternoon in New York Supreme Court. EchoStar moved the network last week to its America's Top 200 tier, which has 4 million less subscribers than the America's Top 100 tier, which had previously housed the channel. At an average monthly cost of $0.70 per sub, the move would cost NFL Network as much as $33.6M annually. EchoStar based its move in part on the league's decision to give its Week 17 Giants-Patriots game to CBS and NBC, taking away the exclusivity for which EchoStar believed it paid. The NFL released a statement to THE DAILY this morning that read: "EchoStar's response to the simulcast of the historic December 29 Giants-Patriots game is unwarranted and not in the best interest of its subscribers. The NFL is the most popular sport in the nation and this decision is taking NFL Network away from millions of subscribers around the nation that are football fans and have been receiving NFL Network's quality programming. We are seeking to prevent EchoStar from violating the terms of its distribution agreement with the NFL Network."

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