What is the point of DirecTV's (for my zip code anyway) $2.14 regional sports fee? This was introduced in February along side DirecTV's $4 plan increase. I live in Western Kentucky. In regards to baseball, we've always gotten the Cincinnati Reds games. Why? I have no clue. There's not a single Reds fan any where in this 8 county area. 95% of the people that live in this area are Cardinals fan. Yet, for DirecTV customers living in this area, to get the Cardinals games we have to buy the $13 Sports Pack. Look at the MLB blackout maps, this area is Cardinals and Reds (I have no clue why, this is where MLB needs to get involved and fix this) territory. We did luck out some last year, the Cardinals started showing some games on Foxsports Tennessee, which we as DirecTV customers also got. When I saw the $2.14 regional sports fee in February and the Foxsports TN coverage of some games last year, I thought "OK, this is reasonable, I'll be able to get the Cardinals games now". Do I? No! To make matters even worse, the Reds games are being showed on Foxsports Tennessee (channel 646). So we get the Reds games on 661 and the Reds games on 646. There are no Cardinals games this year, unless you buy the $13 Sports Pack. What on earth is this $2.14 fee for? DirecTV would have saved a lot of egg on their face if they would have just told me they were increasing my bill $6.14 and hid the regional sports fee. This is a sham by DirecTV to force customers to pay the $13 for the Sports Pack for the games they really want to see. I have another year on my DirecTV contract. I will have to look into alternatives next year when my contract is up. DirecTV cannot keep raising prices and raising prices and not expect to lose customers. I'm sure Western Kentucky and Cardinals games aren't the only examples of this ploy. (Just in case anybody gets confused by some of my other posts. I'm not a huge Cardinals fan. I get the Extra Innings package so I can watch the Cubs games and that's fine for the most part. I just can't watch the Cubs/Cardinals games which is frustrating. If the Cubs aren't playing, I'd prefer to watch the Cardinals and not having that option outside of the Sports Pack is frustrating for me. But I'm also posting this for the many casual Cardinals fans that are my neighbors who are also frustrated at the $2.14 Regional Sports Fee and no Cardinals games).