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What is the Sports Programming Fee?

The sports programming fee is added to offset the skyrocketing costs of sports entertainment. Networks pay huge fees to get contract rights for sports coverage and as a result, they pass the cost down to the end user – you. Unfortunately, program providers like Viacom, FOX, Disney, ABC, Universal and others who often own multiple networks do not offer their individual networks like ESPN, Fox Sports and others a la carte to TV providers like Ritter. Because they own all the content, they set the rules and force TV providers like Ritter to add multiple networks onto our TV system, making it impossible for you to pay only for the channels you watch.