It is a little bit different than the Fox News argument which has partisan overtones. What we have here is MASN reducing the quality of their coverage but not their fees. If Fox decided to eliminate 50% of their coverage (just show Hannity tapes the rest of the day!) but did not reduce their fees then there might be a similar reduction of coverage argument.
Frankly this is hitting the entire cable and streaming service bundles. Scripted television (like expensive dramas on FX and USA and AMC) is starting to disappear. FX moves them to Hulu. USA moves them to Peacock. AMC to AMC+. At the same time the fees for those channels remain the same or increases.
At some point, likely when one can buy live sports a la carte, I will probably drop the bundle and add a couple more streaming services like Peacock. But now, it is the only place I can get live sports and live news. The problem is I am paying more and getting less for that. At least when HBO and Netflix raise their prices I am not getting less content.
The whole cable bundle is falling apart. The big question is whether it dies in 1 year or 5 years or 10 years. And what does that death do to sports. I want my local teams and I want national coverage of sport sports like baseball and the NFL. That might be it though. I might not pay that extra $$$ per month for sports I watch occasionally but not all the time. And I also won't pay $30 a month for my local teams. More like $15. If only 25% of households pay that $15, then sports teams will just have to accept less money.
They are killing their own golden goose and don't realize it.