Sports on TV
As a country, we love sports, especially regional sports and live sports, which are considered must-have TV programming. Unfortunately, fees for this type of programming is expensive and the costs keep rising, and TV networks know they can pass those costs back to cable companies like us and ultimately to you, our customers.
When we don’t agree to the fee increases, the TV networks won’t give us access to air your favorite sports. We don’t think that’s fair, and we hope you agree that negotiating to keep your costs at a reasonable price is worth the effort.
Regional Sports Networks (RSNs)
RSNs are among the most expensive channels on your lineup. Originally RSNs carried all the regional, professional and collegiate teams on one channel, with one fee. Today, sports programmers spin off teams to their own separate channels, each with their own fee, so that they can get more money for the same games.
RSNs also require all TV providers to offer their Networks on the most basic packages to reach the most homes. This way, they can charge everyone for their Networks – even those that don’t want it.
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