The sports network has sued Verizon saying that the cable company's new "slim" packages for consumers that give them a small bundle of channels rather than forcing them to get a huge package that includes big stations like ESPN is breaking their agreements. While the details of their deal weren't given, 21st Century Fox and NBC Universal also said that Verizon is violating their agreements.
So what are these agreements? From what I gather, they force us TV watches (who don't even like football or other sports) to get the stations dedicated to sports like ESPN even if we'd rather go light and not have those channels. So Verizon is trying to offer that, but this breaches their contract.
So while Verizon is wrong, I want them to be right. Why should we have to pay for huge bundles if we're not going to watch those channels?
This is why more and more people are cutting cable and getting HBO, Amazon Prime and Netflix to replace their normal cable subscription. This gives them pretty much all shows they want anyways, and I think I might not be far from trying this myself.
If a la carte cable becomes possible (as in, choose only the channels you want to watch), I think TV will completely change, because all those channels we currently pay for and don't watch is providing overhead for the shows that those channels produce. Whether or not this change would be for better or worse is still undecided in my books.