THE SPORTS TIER SCAM
In today’s Tribune, Ed Sherman has a great breakdown of what Comcast pays its content providers per subscriber on their beloved sports tier.
If you want the NFL Network, like I do, Comcast requires you to purchase the service for an additional monthly fee of $6.99.
Comcast throws in a bunch of other networks to the package, making it a smorgasbord ranging from NBA TV to the Tennis Channel to the Game Show Network.
I can easily do without all of them. However, I have no choice but to ante up if I want the NFL Network.
According to SNL Kagan, a media research firm, the NFL Network costs operators 80 cents per month for each subscriber.
The average collective expense for all those sports and entertainment channels to cable and satellite companies is $2.90 per month.
Assuming it pays the industry average, Comcast then charges the sports and entertainment buyer more than $4 per month above its cost.
Does that sound like a company looking out for the consumer?
So there’s the raw data of how Comcast is trying to rip you off. Remember also that the Comcast-owned Versus and Golf Channel networks make it to the regular tier. It’s one big joke, and I look forward to the day I am a former subscriber.