Sprint is the majority owner of Clearwire. Dish had to have known that without Sprint's consent, the bid will go nowhere...and with Sprint trying to acquire the remainder of Clearwire itself, Dish also had to know that the deal will probably not happen.
So, what's the real story here?
Did Dish go to Sprint looking to partner on Dish's own wireless ambitions and get turned down? Was Dish looking to acquire Sprint and the Softbank deal got in the way? Did Sprint upset Dish some other way? Because this doesn't make a whole lot of sense....unless it's just a rumor started by someone who wants to dump some CLWR stock.--