Let's go back to one of your other questions regarding Microsoft: The issues were: 1) that the "bundling of IE" to Windows was anti-competitive (remember, Microsoft is both the creator and distributor of the product) 2) that Windows is the defacto "monopoly" operating system, with over 90 percent market share in home computers. This is a much different scenario than the cable television paradigm. After all, ESPN is NOT a monopoly, so it is like comparing apples to oranges. Also, as far as I recall, ESPN is not "forcing" bundling of channels to distributors. Distributors can actually take only ESPN original. The funny thing is that by taking only the flagship station, it costs the distributor more than if they took the entire ESPN suite. However, the pricing per subscriber is dependent upon being placed in the lowest, most widely available basic tier.