Thanks to this message board I was able to get the deal I was looking for. I have been a Directv customer for 7 years and every year I have been able to call into customer retention to get Sunday Ticket for free. This year though it was much more difficult. I was under contract until December 2020 and my bill was over $200 a month before the NFL Ticket charge. I tried calling 3-4 times to see if there was any promotions or specials to get my bill down but no luck, they offered me $5 off or reduce my number of channels. That is when I decided to follow the boards advice to follow through with the actual disconnect.
I set the disconnect date for 8/12, the last day of my billing cycle. I received the "get back" email on Friday 8/9 with a random phone number that didn't work. I tried the number and it didn't seem to be a Directv line. I used the number (888) 333-0804 and said I got the email to see if they can get me to stay. They said they would call me back after I disconnected on Monday, but they wouldn't tell me the deal. I said I needed to know and they said it would be $70 per month for the Extra package that I currently had, free Sunday NFL ticket max and $300 visa gift card, free premium channels for 3 months. They instructed me to call back once I was officially disconnected and then they can put in the offer. Long story short it worked once disconnected, I got the deal that they offered above and now have a 12 month agreement. They also said I would not be subject to the early cancellation charge of my previous contract, I did not lose any of my recordings and my bill is about $150.00 per month lower. The call center seemed to be overseas and it was a very strange experience but ultimately they were helpful.
I am very happy but they made it very difficult this year. Not sure why they make everyone go through this, has to do with their activation numbers?