Alibaba is the largest Chinese e-commerce site. DISH Network (NASDAQ:DISH) is the No. 3 pay TV provider in the U.S. How is DISH's ability to complete its proposed merger with Sprint Nextel (NYSE:S) possibly hinging on what investment banks get to underwrite Alibaba's expected IPO?

Watch this video from Fool contributor Dan Radovsky and see how DISH's rival for Sprint, SoftBank, is using the lure of Alibaba to try and thwart DISH.

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