regional sports network fee
normannj
Enthusiast - Level 2

Who else is upset that Verizon fios continues to charge us every month for regional sports network fee even if you don't  want any sports channels? Adding insult to injury they now charge $6.39 instead of $2.42! This should be paid for by only those who want sports channels! Verizon must stop this AND refund monies!

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bosslett
Enthusiast - Level 2

Has anyone started getting a $6.39 regional sports network fee? It never appeared on my bill until June 3, 2017. I called Verizon but they gave me some run around about that it's a new charge for my sports programs. I told the Agent that I have the same sports programming for 5 years and I never had that charge. Any comments?

jfcjr
Enthusiast - Level 2

The RSN feels are bull**bleep**. No on in my household watches sports. We're getting ripped off by Verizon.

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CRobGauth
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You must have a pacakge that has sports channels.

If you choose a package that has no sports channels, you will no longer pay RSN fees.

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eprof19841
Enthusiast - Level 1

This is a new fee, and because the package we signed up for includes sports channels, we have to pay the fee. Even if we don't want or watch sports channels. 

Verizon Fios changed its packaging of channels recently. Thus, the fee charged to the majority of people now.

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CRobGauth
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Verizon has been charging RSN fee for several years now on any package that includes sports.

RSN fees vary by location depending on the number of RSN channels and the fees Verizon has to pay for the channels.

And Verizon is not the only provider doing this.

I beleive most doit. Especially those that are in multiple regions.

It is a way to reflect the content cost more locally rather than trying to find some average and spread it across all users. Plus allows those who don't have sports channels in their packages to not have to pay for RSNs.

I know if doesn't feel fair to have to pay for channels you don't watch, but that can be said for a number of channels in different pacakages based on the customer.

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tns2
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In most cases, if you signed up for a package with price guarantees, you did not initially pay for RSN and Broadcast channel fees.  Once however the end of that period was reached or you renewed or made certain other changes, they suddenly appear.

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bobbo527
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@bosslett wrote:

Has anyone started getting a $6.39 regional sports network fee? It never appeared on my bill until June 3, 2017. I called Verizon but they gave me some run around about that it's a new charge for my sports programs. I told the Agent that I have the same sports programming for 5 years and I never had that charge. Any comments?


I've had the fee as long as I can remember. As local sports teams get greedier and greedier and want a larger share of the pie the fee goes up. And it is not exclusive to Verizon, ALL cable companies charge some sort of sports fee for local sports coverage. Plenty of blame to spread around for it, it's not just Verizon's fault it is so high.
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sheilaandalex
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I've had FIOS service for about a year & have had the regional sports fee the whole time.  When I signed up, my package did not come with access to MASN.  Had to add it & pay that fee to watch the Nats.  

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CRobGauth
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If you don't want sports channels, then change to package(s) that have the channels you want but do not contain sports channels.

We all pay for channels we don't want. Some reports say that a la carte programming could cost as much or more than current depending on how many channels you want and how popular they are.

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2tincans_string

No can do:  Verizon refuses to remove the sports fee even though I'm happy to change the channels I do receive to exclude any sports coverage.  Verizon simply enjoys nickel-and-diming every customer, while sweeping calls from their customers who want to know explanations for charges into the never-never land of infinite rerouting and ultimate disconnecting.  I'm confident all the superfluous "Fees and Other Charges" are higher than costs borne by Verizon so Verizon can make even more money off its customers.

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CRobGauth
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So you have tried to switch to a package with no sports channels and were told you would still pay a RSN?

I have heard that you won't be charged an RSN if you choose a channel package with no sports channels.

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bobbo527
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@2tincans_string wrote:

No can do:  Verizon refuses to remove the sports fee even though I'm happy to change the channels I do receive to exclude any sports coverage.  Verizon simply enjoys nickel-and-diming every customer, while sweeping calls from their customers who want to know explanations for charges into the never-never land of infinite rerouting and ultimate disconnecting.  I'm confident all the superfluous "Fees and Other Charges" are higher than costs borne by Verizon so Verizon can make even more money off its customers.


Hate to break it to you but ALL and I do mean ALL Cable providers have these fees, inluding the Regional Sports Fee. Only way to get rid of it is to cut the cord. Blame Verizon all you want but Comcast has them, Time Warner, etc.. You also need to blame the content providers, the sports teams greed is driving this cost as well. If you NEVER watch sports then you have a legit beef otherwise you want to watch your local teams suck it up and pay it.

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CRobGauth
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And on top of the previous posts, most if not all of the cable providers are doing this.
The reason they break it out is because different regions have different charges.

So those whit more expensive RSNs, pay more.

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tns2
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@2tincans_string wrote:

No can do:  Verizon refuses to remove the sports fee even though I'm happy to change the channels I do receive to exclude any sports coverage.  Verizon simply enjoys nickel-and-diming every customer, while sweeping calls from their customers who want to know explanations for charges into the never-never land of infinite rerouting and ultimate disconnecting.  I'm confident all the superfluous "Fees and Other Charges" are higher than costs borne by Verizon so Verizon can make even more money off its customers.


You could definitely switch to one of the Choice packages without Sports.  You would then no longer have to pay the RSN fee.  You might have trouble finding the Choice package that includes all the channels you want.

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jonjones1
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@2tincans_string wrote:

No can do:  Verizon refuses to remove the sports fee even though I'm happy to change the channels I do receive to exclude any sports coverage.  Verizon simply enjoys nickel-and-diming every customer, while sweeping calls from their customers who want to know explanations for charges into the never-never land of infinite rerouting and ultimate disconnecting.  I'm confident all the superfluous "Fees and Other Charges" are higher than costs borne by Verizon so Verizon can make even more money off its customers.


You can go to streaming tv like DirectTVNOW or Hulu or Sling and even YouTube tv.

they cost around $35 on up but no taxes, no sports fees, no administrative charges and the costs save you hundreds a month or thousands a year. Just google the companies I mentioned. Enjoy

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eprof19841
Enthusiast - Level 1

The problem is that the package I want so I can watch BBCA comes with the sports stations, thus I am required to pay a $12.57 Regional Sports Network Fee even though I never watch sports.

I find this very annoying.

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