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Untangling the DISH-Sprint-SoftBank Affair

Dish Network Chairman Charlie Ergen speaks during Google's 2010 annual developers conference in San Francisco
Dish Network Chairman Charlie Ergen speaks during Google's 2010 annual developers conference in San FranciscoPhotograph by Robert Galbraith/Corbis

It’s a bizarre love triangle: Japan’s SoftBank wants Sprint Nextel, which wants the rest of wireless broadband affiliate Clearwire that it doesn’t already own. But satellite TV provider DISH Network also covets Sprint and Clearwire and might even partner with SoftBank (or someone else) to land them.

In between: lots of press-release chessmanship to advance the parties’ desired outcomes.