To be clear. I don't hate ESPN. But this an example of why arguing to pay by the channel for cable does not work out for the consumer or cable channels.
Lower viewed channels rely on higher viewed channels to survive. If people could only pay by the channel, lower viewed channels would go out of business as their revenue stream would disappear as not enough people would ever pay for all the channels individually.
I am a cord cutter. But like +Brian Brushwood
, I will not argue for paying ala carte for cable as it will not save consumers money.