Sports programming bills are about to get even bigger — whether you watch the games or not.
New analysis from SNL Kagan shows that pay-TV companies are in for a big step up in sports costs over the next few years. The huge proliferation in regional sports networks coupled with the growing cost of sports programming rights is jacking up fees across the board.
Kagan predicts that while the average cost of the programming bundle will grow by 5.4 percent over the next five years, the cost of sports channels will rise by 7.3 percent across the next half decade — that’s compared to a 5.3 percent rise over the past five years.
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