Regional Sports Network Fee
TomDx
Enthusiast - Level 2

Why do I have to pay this fee if I don't watch sports?!!!!?  Verizon offers a {word filter avoidance} low tier package without

the channels I do watch... so there really is no choice but to payup!

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MeMeMe7
Enthusiast - Level 1

I just received my first bill after renewing my verizon contract, and discovered a charge that the rep didn't mention.  $2.98 Regional Sports Network Fee.   This was not on my previous bill (under the old contract.)  Why am I paying for something I don't use??   Just came from SanFrancisco.  Restaurants are tacking on a 1-4% "Employee Benefits Surcharge" to the bill, besides the 8.5% sales tax.   I used to be that businesses paid their own operating expenses out of regular income.  They worked harder to may a bigger profit.   Gotta keep those profits up!

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MeMeMe7
Enthusiast - Level 1

I just received my first bill after renewing my verizon contract, and discovered a charge that the rep didn't mention.  $2.98 Regional Sports Network Fee.   This was not on my previous bill (under the old contract.)  Why am I paying for something I don't use??   Just came from SanFrancisco.  Restaurants are tacking on a 1-4% "Employee Benefits Surcharge" to the bill, besides the 8.5% sales tax.   I used to be that businesses paid their own operating expenses out of regular income.  They worked harder to may a bigger profit.   Gotta keep those profits up!

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SinCara
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@MeMeMe wrote:

I just received my first bill after renewing my verizon contract, and discovered a charge that the rep didn't mention.  $2.98 Regional Sports Network Fee.   This was not on my previous bill (under the old contract.)  Why am I paying for something I don't use??   Just came from SanFrancisco.  Restaurants are tacking on a 1-4% "Employee Benefits Surcharge" to the bill, besides the 8.5% sales tax.   I used to be that businesses paid their own operating expenses out of regular income.  They worked harder to may a bigger profit.   Gotta keep those profits up!


Is there a reason why you are replying to a 4 year old thread?

If you read the many posts in this thread you'll see why you have to pay a RSN fee now.

It's because sports networks increased their fees that cable providers have to pay them per subscriber. They are passing part of this increase onto the consumer to help keep costs down elsewhere. Thank the sports networks.

Regardless on if you watch the channels or not if you have sports channels on your package then you have to pay this fee. If you don't want to pay the fee, change to the very basic channel package which has no sports channels or don't have service at all.

Almost all providers are charging a rsn fee now...if they arent they will.

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roze318
Enthusiast - Level 3

TO: SinCara.....

anyone can post to older threads.

They are still open.

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CRobGauth
Community Leader
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@roze318 wrote:

TO: SinCara.....

anyone can post to older threads.

They are still open.


Yes you can. But typically the moderators come along and close posts that are to threads that haven't had post in more than 2 years.

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ElizabethS
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As this thread is now over two years old, it will be locked in order to keep discussions current. If you have the same or a similar question/issue we invite you to start a new thread on the topic.

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roaddogg1
Specialist - Level 1

Verizon is one of the last providers to implement the RSN fee. Directv, Dish, etc... were already charging the fee.

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TaxDawg82
Enthusiast - Level 3
Doesn't make it better. I don't mind paying the fee because I watch sports but I feel bad for those who do not and still pay for the fee.
phyllar
Enthusiast - Level 2

It is very irritating that we are FORCED to pay that RSN Fee.  So I looked into changing to the Select Plan to reduce my monthly costs. The Select Plan offers less channels at a lower cost, GREAT!  But what a plan, it appears to me to have a POLITICAL AGENDA!  If you like to get news from different sources as I do... YOU ARE OUT OF LUCK.  With the Select plan you get all these LIBERAL News channels: CNN & MSNBC in both standard broadcast & HD, plus you get HLN & the BBC.  BUT FOX NEWS, IS NOT AN OPTION.   IS VERIZON POLITICAL & ANTI CONSERVATIVE?  YOU BE THE JUDGE.

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DePro
Enthusiast - Level 2

Every month I look at my bill to see what the new "fee of the month" will be.  Now I find I've got a feel to pay for sports channels that I NEVER WATCH!!!!    This is getting ridiculous.  Looks like I'll have to start looking elsewhere for service.  You've gone too far.

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roaddogg1
Specialist - Level 1

@DePro wrote:

Every month I look at my bill to see what the new "fee of the month" will be.  Now I find I've got a feel to pay for sports channels that I NEVER WATCH!!!!    This is getting ridiculous.  Looks like I'll have to start looking elsewhere for service.  You've gone too far.


I hate to tell you this, but 99% of providers are charging the sports network fees unless you dont get sports channels at all.

CBinPgh
Enthusiast - Level 1

It is high time that the cable companies offer what most people really want: ala carte cable.  Not individual channels but at least catagories of programming.  We prefer movies. NEVER watch sports. We like the Discovery and Travel and History programming.  But if we go down to the Select package, there go all the movies.  Would I be completely incorrect to say that most sports lovers are not big movie buffs, and vice-versa?  Why do we have to take one if we want the other?  It is time to write to our cable providers, and our utility commission, and our lawmakers if necessary to give people a choice.

BTW, losing the SPEED channel was not Verizon, it was programming-hog Fox who bought Speed and turned it into yet another Fox Sports channel, which Lord knows we really needed?

Write letters, people!  Our country is one of supply and demand.  If enough of us demand separate sports packages, then perhaps eventually the providers will supply it.

kbar2
Newbie

Other than trying to mislead the consumer, I don't get why the RSN fee is rolled into the base price of the service. It's not like it's an optional charge--so the real cost of TV part of your service is an additional $2.50 (in suburban Boston), but somehow that doesn't make price they can advertise look nearly as attractive. 

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Caps09
Specialist - Level 2

It's a "double edged sword" as they say. One reason providers like Verizon and DirecTV are charging this fee is so they are able to adjust programming costs based on region (NYC and LA are much more expensive than FL for example). Plus, it gives customers an idea of the rising costs of regional sports channels. Comcast and Time Warner Cable are in the RSN business themselves, so they will always try to mask the costs of these channels and act like they should always be "available to everyone". Is it perfect? No, but I don't think it's so egregious that it warrants action by the BBB or FTC.

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ngc2024
Enthusiast - Level 1

Just renewed a 2 year contract, now the Regional sports network fee is $4.99!!

mgsee
Enthusiast - Level 2

I'm sick of paying a fee for sports that I do not watch. If Verizon wants to pass this fee on to non-sports consuming customers, then Verizon should also offer contact information for customers to fight the fee!

Please advise company contact and elected official contact information because I'm fed up with an ever-increasing fee for sports organizations who do NOT need the money; they're filthy rich as it is.

tns2
Community Leader
Community Leader

You now have the option of selecting the Custom package and not selecting sports packages.

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SharN1
Enthusiast - Level 2

if you have a contract you do not have a choice to rid onself of sports channel.  I was told that was only for new customers.  I hope I am wrong.  I would like to select my own.

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SinCara
Specialist - Level 2

@SharN wrote:

if you have a contract you do not have a choice to rid onself of sports channel.  I was told that was only for new customers.  I hope I am wrong.  I would like to select my own.


Not true at all. Even if you are in a contract you can change the channel packages (including the custom hd with no sports) anytime you want and retain the current agreement. All you need to do is sign into your account online and go to the add/change services section.

davis-kam
Newbie

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kh-taylarie
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