With streaming services popping up, consumers are wondering whether to take the plunge and cut the cord from cable and satellite. And as networks decide which ones are worthwhile and which are not, those who sign up with DirecTV Now, Fubo TV, Hulu TV, Sling TV, Sony PlayStation Vue and YouTube TV notice that not all of the networks that are on their pay TV provider have signed up. For instance, CBS is not on DireecTV Now or Sling, but will be on Hulu and YouTube.

Sports have always been an attraction to viewers and it has kept some from totally making the break from pay TV. To make that break, viewers have to know that they’re getting some value. And they have to know that they’re getting most to all of the networks that have vital sports programming.

So let’s say Awful Announcing was going to start a streaming TV service that would focus mainly on sports. In this world, our fearless leader Ben Koo would have to negotiate with the networks and decide upon a per subscriber fee that would be agreeable to CBS, Comcast, Disney, Fox, MLB, NBA, NHL, Time Warner and other broadcast groups. It would take a lot of work, but let’s say in our scenario that Ben Koo was successful and managed to bring together the broadcast networks and their many affiliate groups, cable sports networks and the regional sports networks into one service.

Here’s what our dream scenario would look like:


  • ABC
  • CBS
  • FOX
  • NBC
  • PBS (you need some culture and Ken Burns’ documentaries)


  • CBS Sports Network
  • ESPN
  • ESPN2
  • ESPNews
  • FS1
  • FS2
  • Golf Channel
  • The Olympic Channel
  • Tennis Channel

LEAGUE-OWNED NETWORKS — some to be add-ons

  • ACC Network (coming in 2018)
  • Big Ten Network
  • Longhorn Network
  • MLB Network
  • NBA TV
  • NFL Network
  • NHL Network
  • Pac-12 Networks
  • SEC Network


  • Altitude
  • AT&T Sports Networks (Root Sports)
  • Fox Sports Net (Arizona, Carolinas, Detroit, Florida, Indiana, Midwest, North, Ohio, Oklahoma, Prime Ticket, San Diego, South, Southeast Southwest, Sun, Tennessee, West, Wisconsin, STO, YES)
  • MASN
  • MSG Networks
  • NBC Sports Regional Networks (Comcast SportsNets, NBC Sports Bay Area/California, SNY)
  • NESN
  • Spectrum SportsNet


  • TBS
  • TNT
  • truTV


  • HBO
  • Showtime


  • MLB Extra Innings
  • NBA League Pass
  • NHL.TV
  • Red Zone Channel


  • beIN Sports
  • Fox Soccer Plus
  • Gol TV

OTHER NETWORKS — Add ons (a la carte)

  • Eleven Sports
  • Fox College Sports
  • MAV TV
  • Outdoor Channel
  • Sportsman Channel
  • Pursuit Channel
  • TVG/TVG2

So with the broadcast networks, cable sports networks, league-owned networks, your local RSN plus the Time Warner networks as the base package, it’s likely to cost somewhere in the neighborhood of $49.99-$59.99/month. And if you summed up all of the add-ons, you’d probably have to shell out well over $120/month and if you wanted to cut the cord due to the high cost of cable or satellite, you might be paying more. But if you’re willing to pay for your sports, this might be for you.

The whole key would be to get this on mobiles, tablets, connected TV devices and computers.

Would this package bring eyeballs to screens? Probably, but could it replace cable and satellite? Not likely, but if someone could bring this to fruition, it would make a sports fan dream come true.

Which networks would you want? Which would you not want? Let us know in the comments below and on social media.

About Ken Fang

Ken has been covering the sports media in earnest at his own site, Fang's Bites since May 2007 and at Awful Announcing since March 2013.

He provides a unique perspective having been an award-winning radio news reporter in Providence and having worked in local television.

Fang celebrates the four Boston Red Sox World Championships in the 21st Century, but continues to be a long-suffering Cleveland Browns fan.