Dish Network Subscribers May Miss Iowa-Iowa State Game; Here are Some Places to Watch in Marion

It's not clear if Dish Network will carry the in-state rivalry football game between the Iowa Hawkeyes and Iowa State Cyclones, but we have some suggestions of where to watch.

Iowa Hawkeyes and Iowa State Cyclones will face each other for the 36th time since the annual state football game series resumed in the 1970s.

If you don't already have a ticket, you're probably out of luck. The 2:42 p.m. game is at Kinnick Stadium in Iowa City. The 70,585-seat stadium has already sold out.

The game is on the Big Ten Network, which may leave Dish Network subscribers out of luck. The Dish Network and Big Ten Network are in a contract dispute. The sides agreed to a short-term deal last week, which covered the opening weekend of college football, and it is not clear if the deal extends to this weekend or beyond.

Some Dish Network television guides show the Iowa-Iowa State game still on the schedule, but a spokesman declined to confirm that the game will be aired on Dish Network.

Here is a less than clear Q and A with a Dish Network spokesman:

Patch: I noticed a short-term deal had been reached to continue airing Big Ten Channel games on Dish Network. How long does the agreement last? Will the Iowa-Iowa State game this weekend be aired on Dish Network?

Dish Network: I don't have an update for you. Big Ten Network and DISH have agreed to a short-term arrangement.  Discussions will continue towards a long-term agreement.

So, for us fans who will not be denied, here's a few suggestions of where to try in Marion:

Bill's Drinking Establishment, 1038 Seventh Avenue

Wheel'er In, 895 Blairs Ferry Road

, 3465 7th Avenue

, 1899 Seventh Ave.

, 620 Lindale Drive

, 648 Eighth Street.


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