DISH Responds to Sprint Formation of Special Committee

  DISH Responds to Sprint Formation of Special Committee

 DISH proposal provides greater value to Sprint Shareholders and substantial
                         benefits to American public

Business Wire

ENGLEWOOD, Colo. -- April 22, 2013

DISH Network (NASDAQ: DISH) issued the following statement on news that Sprint
Nextel’s Board of Directors has formed a Special Committee and has retained
financial and legal advisors to evaluate DISH’s proposal to merge the two
companies:

We are pleased that the Sprint Board of Directors has formed a special
committee to review our proposal.We are available to meet with Sprint's
Board, management and advisors to discuss our plans and our willingness to
commit to financing. We are confident that the Sprint Board will share our
view that this proposal is superior on several fronts by offering Sprint
shareholders greater value with a higher price and more cash, while also
creating the opportunity to participate meaningfully in a combined, and
competitively unique, DISH/Sprint.

Our proposal creates a company with an industry-leading spectrum portfolio and
the only company that can offer customers a fully-integrated, nationwide
bundle of in- and out-of-home video, broadband and voice services while
unlocking the full potential of Sprint’s Network Vision. Additionally, the
combined national footprints and scale of DISH/Sprint will provide substantial
benefits to the American public by bringing improved broadband services to
millions of homes with inferior or no access to competitive broadband
services.

About DISH

DISH Network Corporation (NASDAQ: DISH), through its subsidiary DISH Network
L.L.C., provides approximately 14.056 million satellite TV customers, as of
Dec. 31, 2012, with the highest quality programming and technology with the
most choices at the best value, including HD Free for Life. Subscribers enjoy
the largest high definition line-up with more than 200 national HD channels,
the most international channels, and award-winning HD and DVR technology. DISH
Network Corporation is a Fortune 200 company. Visit www.dish.com.

Cautionary Statement Concerning Forward–Looking Statements

Certain statements contained herein may constitute “forward-looking
statements” within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act
of 1995. Such forward-looking statements involve known and unknown risks,
uncertainties and other factors that may cause the actual results, performance
or achievements of DISH Network Corporation to be materially different from
any future results, performance or achievements expressed or implied by such
forward-looking statements. More information about such risks, uncertainties
and other factors is set forth in DISH Network Corporation’s Disclosure
Regarding Forward-Looking Statements included in its recent filings with the
Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC”), including its annual report on
Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2012. Risks and uncertainties
relating to the proposed transaction include, without limitation, the risks
that: Sprint Nextel Corporation will not enter into any definitive agreement
with DISH Network Corporation or the terms of any definitive agreement will be
materially different from those described above; the parties will not obtain
the requisite financing or regulatory approval for the proposed transaction;
the proposed transaction will not be consummated for any other reason;
management’s attention will be diverted from ongoing business operations; and
the anticipated benefits of the transaction will not be realized. The
forward-looking statements speak only as of the date made, and DISH Network
Corporation expressly disclaims any obligation to update these forward-looking
statements.

Additional Information About the Proposed Transaction and Where to Find It

This communication relates to a business combination transaction with Sprint
Nextel Corporation proposed by DISH Network Corporation, which may become the
subject of a registration statement filed with the SEC. This communication is
not a substitute for the joint proxy statement/prospectus that DISH Network
Corporation and Sprint Nextel Corporation would file with the SEC if any
agreement is reached or any other documents that DISH Network Corporation or
Sprint Nextel Corporation may send to shareholders in connection with the
proposed transaction. INVESTORS AND SECURITY HOLDERS ARE URGED TO READ THE
JOINT PROXY STATEMENT/PROSPECTUS AND ALL OTHER RELEVANT DOCUMENTS IF, AND
WHEN, THEY BECOME AVAILABLE BECAUSE THEY WILL CONTAIN IMPORTANT INFORMATION
ABOUT THE PROPOSED TRANSACTION. All such documents, if filed, would be
available free of charge at the SEC’s website (http://www.sec.gov). In
addition, investors and security holders may obtain free copies of such
documents filed by DISH Network Corporation with the SEC by directing a
request to: DISH Network Corporation, 9601 S. Meridian Boulevard, Englewood,
Colorado 80112, Attention: Investor Relations. This communication shall not
constitute an offer to buy or solicitation of an offer to sell any securities,
nor shall there be any sale of securities, in any jurisdiction in which such
offer, solicitation or sale would be unlawful prior to registration or
qualification under the securities laws of any such jurisdiction.

Participants

DISH Network Corporation and its directors and executive officers may be
deemed, under the rules of the SEC, to be participants in any solicitation of
shareholders of DISH Network Corporation or Sprint Nextel Corporation in
connection with the proposed transaction. Investors and security holders may
obtain information regarding the names, affiliations and interests of the
directors and executive officers of DISH Network Corporation in its annual
report on Form 10–K for the year ended December 31, 2012, which was filed with
the SEC on February 20, 2013, and its proxy statement for the 2013 annual
meeting of shareholders, which was filed with the SEC on March 22, 2013. These
documents can be obtained free of charge at the SEC’s website
(http://www.sec.gov) and from Investor Relations at DISH Network Corporation
at the address set forth above. Additional information regarding the interests
of these participants will also be included in any proxy statement/prospectus
and other relevant documents to be filed with the SEC in connection with the
proposed transaction when they become available.

Contact:

DISH Network Corporation
Media Relations:
Bob Toevs, 303-723-2010
bob.toevs@dish.com
or
Investor Relations:
Jason Kiser, 303-723-2210
jason.kiser@dish.com
 
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