James, you raise some good points. And way back, some RSNs were a la carte (or what were called "subscription" stations). The first rsn in Baltimore was called Super TV. It was subscription and was broadcast over the air. A crappy open independent during the day; a subscription only scrambled station showing Oriole games at night. It failed. Its successor, Home Team Sports started out as a premium. Subscription only on cable systems and even went as far as only doing commercials only at the start if each inning. In the middle of the inning, they did reports by a field guy, etc. While HTS did not fail per se, their model did. They went fully commercial and on basic cable. They were eventually bought by Comcast. So, the a la carte model has been tried with local sports. There were others. They all went to today's standard model. And no new one has tried anything new in years. But you are right in that the problem is not really espn an that they would be so pervasive that they would not really be a la carte but the locals. Everyone thinks they are espn. Or they think they are the Yankees and they should get Yankee money and have a channel almost dedicated to them. Heck, even the PAC 12 thinks they are bigger than the Big Ten when in every financially measurable way, they are not.