Breakingviews: Dish boss may play part of AT&T deal spoilsport

Jennifer Saba
Charlie Ergen
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It's a good bet that the poker-playing boss of Dish Network will be the spoilsport for AT&T's mega-merger with Time Warner. Consumer advocates and antitrust academics often influence telecom transactions, but corporate foils have clout, too. Charlie Ergen and his satellite-TV company are the most likely candidates to step into the role filled by Netflix and Sprint on other recent deals.