Originally Posted by RunningBum
I wonder just how much of this I'm still paying for through corporations passing along the cost of advertising on TV.
You are paying for it through advertising costs in the products you buy and tax subsidies for the teams/areans. More money is coming out of your pocket through cable subscriber fees.
Many cable channels would be out of business if there was an ala cart system.
The cable channels loose money on major sports if you only look at ad $. But, with sub fee increases they make money. Also, Sports is good for promoting other shows and bringing in a younger audience.
Cable television in the United States - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
ESPN typically charges $4.08 per subscriber per month for access to its sporting event coverage, the highest of any American cable channel