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The $6-a-month ESPN charges cable companies for the best of pro sports like football and basketball is starting to look like a bargain. Walt Disney Co.'s sports network is the most expensive piece of the typical cable-TV package that costs about $64 a month, based on U.S. Federal Communications Commission and SNL Kagan data. Analysts say its cost is a primary motivation for customers who cancel TV service. Viewers are getting more reasons to consider ending cable subscriptions this week after HBO, the premium cable channel owned by Time Warner Inc., and CBS said they would offer programming over the Internet to people without pay-TV accounts. Yet if saving money is the goal, cutting the cord isn't for everyone, especially sports fans. An online package that would include Netflix, Amazon, Hulu, plus three of the four major pro sports leagues, WWE wrestling, HBO, CBS and Tour de France racing would cost $102.54, according to Daniel Ernst, an analyst with Hudson Square Research. And that doesn't include the $40 cost of broadband Internet service.

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