I had NFLST MAX auto renew and made my first payment.
I called and used the contract expiration question. My first (and only) call.
Explained I was looking to cut costs and wanted to drop NFLST. Discussed my out of market fandom and the CSR said they would check to see what they can do in terms of deals. Had to first remove the package, offered me NFLST free and Max for $18/mo. I asked if I can get Max for free, gave me a $90 credit. They asked if I wanted a free premium, and I told them I honestly just want my bill lower. I already have credits, so I did get an additional $5 for 24 months. Had to extend my contract 1 year (it was expiring the first week of September).
I'm happy, but still feel like the costs are too high. This isn't really a DIRECTV problem though, it's everyone. Wish I could do a la carte, but that's a whole other thing. I'm just happy to get the content I want at a lower cost. I definitely see the free NFLST as a bill reduction of $25/month.