You guys are a bit confused about "paying for it or not". It's not going to be a direct payment to get the channel. They tack these RSNs onto your bill against your will. It's included in your package without a direct payment but you're paying for it.
Thus, the YES Network isn't free. Nor is the Lakers channel.
This Dodger deal could be the poster child for a change in the landscape of ridiculous RSN deals.
People who don't even watch baseball will be paying the Dodgers essentially. Same for the Lakers, Angels, and other teams signing new deals. The average non sports fans are getting higher and higher cable bills to support these sports packages.
Lakers, Dodgers, Kings
Bring Back the Los Angeles Rams