Are you saying that ESPN+ is a stand-alone service for 5 bucks a month? Sounds too good to be true.
I've read that the ESPN "family" of networks is the single biggest expense in one's TV bill, and that Disney strong-arms all the providers to include that programming, even if the subscribers of same never watch a minute of it.
EDIT: AMC had it right. Watch ESPN is no longer free to subscribers of the Mother Ship, as it was in the past football season. So they can go pound sand. They'll not get another dime from me, just as a matter of principle.
The more technology advances, the better it is at screwing you.