If sports fans want to see Prince Fielder get paid $214 million to hit a ball with a stick, let them pay $25-30 a month for ESPN.
Take a look at the list of the 25 cable channels listed by the fees they get from the cable companies. In my household we only watch 3 of those 25 with any regularity and 2 others even less frequently. None of the Disney/ESPN or Viacom channels are among those 5. The channels we watch most are not listed here at all.
That's why I want someone to offer me some kind of a la carte package where I can pick the channels I want. I'll gladly pay $30-35 a month for 20 or so channels and pick up the local network stations over the air with an antenna. Or just let me buy channels through my Roku for a couple of bucks. I don't feel any compulsion to subsidize ESPN, MTV, Fox News and any number of other channels just to get BBC America, AMC, Current and IFC.
Like Sports on Cable? Pay Up. Don’t Like Sports on Cable? Pay Up, Anyway.
Here's how your monthly cable bill gets split up. Spoiler: Disney and ESPN get a really big chunk.
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