Looks like D* has a few open channels in the lower 600's now. I wonder if they'll rearrange that area now?
Perceivably, TheRatPatrol, DirecTV could take national sports programmers from the 600s, which are not including multi-regional college sports and regional sports screens, and move those national sports to the first section of the 200s (along with the other grouping which currently and sequentially starts with ESPN).
The following would be considered for such moves:
604 Pursuit Channel
605 Sportsman Channel
606 Outdoor Channel
613 CBS Sports Network (already reported)
614 ESPN Classic
618 Fox Sports 2
620 beIN Sport
624 Fox Deportes
625 Universal Sports
Fox Soccer Channel, which is not included here, goes away in early-September for replacement by the debuting, general entertainment FXX. The "Soccer" part will move to Fox Sports 1 and Fox Sports 2. The multi-regional college sports remaining would be Big Ten Network (five screens) and Fox College Sports (Atlantic, Central, Pacific).
Those listed above are a numerical ten . In the channel ranges of the 220s, they can fit. One may also surmise that finally moving CNN and Headline News out of chs. 202 and 204 into a block group with cable news and public-interest programmers could finally materialize. That may allow, under this scenario, DirecTV to move up ESPN from ch. 206 to 201. (All ESPN screens can fit from chs. 201 to 209 or 210. Include with this ESPN Deportes and the non-carried ESPN Goal Line/Buzzer Beater. But Longhorn Network, also not yet carried, would be in the 600s.) And it can result in a move of "Sports Mix" from ch. 205 to 200.) And from chs. 201 to 230, a lot of national sports could be accommodated. In fact, more can be adjusted with those beginning at chs. 229 (Home & Garden Television) through the 250 (empty or occupied) for national sports (with or without multi-regional college sports such as Big Ten Network, Fox College Sports and, as I think will it eventually get added, Pac-12 Network). Hell, DirecTV could take the Distant Networks in the tail end of the 300s and move those up to channel ranges of the 80s and 90s (for coverage of news/public interest and religious programming much already in that numerical section).
Lots can be done.
I think what should happen is that DirecTV should do a realignment. The last major one was in 1999. There weren't as many regional sports programmers, along with alternatives and overflows, back then. We didn't have Big Ten Network and Pac-12 Network (which combine for 12 screens). We didn't have as much in the way of the expansion of regional sports (which include foreign-language feeds like Time Warner Cable Deportes). Numerically, they add up to a lot of individual slots. And, whether this puts me in the minority, I will say here that the use of the dash-one ["-1"] is inconvenient and irritating. (Most subscribers and viewers don't want to commit them to memory. As example, my area Fox Sports Detroit is on ch. 663. SD and HD. But to go to the alternative, Fox Sports Detroit Plus, I have to add a dash-one for the high-def feed. Ch. 664-1. Dumb!)
I have suggested it here before. And much of my inspiration for a mapping comes from AT&T U-verse. Right now, AT&T U-verse has a one-hundred block for regional sports and a one-hundred block for national sports. (Seasonal-subscription sports are in four-digit numbers.) DirecTV can do this. Or DirecTV can also decide to expand its one-hundred block into a two-hundred block for the seasonal-subscription sports screens. Would NFL Sunday Ticket, MLB Extra Innings, NHL Center Ice, and NBA League Pass, suffice given other seasonal-sports packages? One may also want to consider the period we're now in (which includes not just three- but four-digit channel numbering).
These latest of sports moves seems like a delay of the inevitable. The regional sports are growing. To keep the split system (some in the 200s; some in the 600s), and not to employ an organized mapping that is logical, is just a waste of time. DirecTV could eliminate the current occupants of the channel ranges of the 900s and replace that block with the premium-movie programmers. DirecTV could take those audio music from the 800s and move those, along with the pay-per-views (from the 100s), into four-digit numbers. And DirecTV could have a three- or (as I would suggest) four-hundred block of sports programming: 500 (Regional); 600 (National & Multi-Regional College); 700/800 (Seasonal-Subscription). People viewing their preferred sports wouldn't have trouble following their regional sports (in the 500s) and seguing into the 600s (beginning with ESPN) and navigating the rest of the lineup (including an optional seasonal-sports subscription).
I don't think this is the most complex thing [un]imaginable.