Tiny rural independent cable system ADA Cablevision in Boise, Idaho, will
place ESPN on an expanded-basic sports tier when the network's 20 percent
increase takes effect Aug. 1.
ADA owner Bill Tracy said the system, which has 50 subscribers, will offer a
new expanded-basic tier for ESPN and several other sports networks for an
as-yet-unset price. He added that his ESPN contract allows for carriage of the
network on an expanded-basic tier with less than 85 percent subscriber
penetration, even though his ESPN rate will skyrocket beyond the
An ESPN spokeswoman said carriage of ESPN is only permitted on basic or
expanded-basic levels and tiering is not permissible.