What is the “Regional Sports Fee” on my DIRECTV bill?

As part of an effort to manage rising programming costs, we periodically review the channel lineups for our programming packages. In some ZIP codes, you may be subject to a nominal Regional Sports Fee. This fee is a result of higher costs due to contractual obligations requiring us to offer multiple sports networks in select ZIP codes, or in rare instances, a single Regional Sports Network (RSN) that carries games from 4 or more teams.

These local RSNs are included in most base packages, but there are some that do not include RSNs and are not subject to a Regional Sports Fee. The RSNs in the Sports Pack add-on premium service are the additional RSNs outside of your local area (determined by ZIP code) and not subject to this fee.