Fans Rate RSNs as Key Channels in Bundle

Rank their local regional sports net fifth most essential part of package in Fox Sports study conducted by Nielsen
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Sports fans rate regional sports networks among the most important channels in their cable bundles, according to a study conducted by Nielsen and released by Fox Sports.

Regional sports networks are among the most expensive channels for distributors and have been getting blamed for driving up the cost of pay TV at a time when over-the-top distributors and thinner bundles offer to give consumers lower priced options.

Fox is a big owner of regional sports networks.

In the Fox Sports study, Nielsen talked to 1,500 pay TV subscribers who identify as sports fans. They said their local regional sports network was the fifth most essential channel in their TV package — scoring higher than all cable channels.