Dish is not abandoning their quest for Sprint. It seems Ergen is outmaneuvering Son in the Sprint acquisition.
"Some analysts speculated as to whether the Clearwire bid indicates that Dish would be happy with an investment in the smaller company or a spectrum purchase from Clearwire.
But Dish said it was not backing down from its bid for Sprint. "Our Clearwire offer in no way diminishes our interest or vision for a combined Dish/Sprint," a Dish spokesman said."
I thought about this. That statement seems like junk. If they wanted Sprint, they would make a higher offer for Sprint. But, they didn't. They want Clearwire only.