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02-19-2013, 03:49 AM
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Time zones and population distribution, for one.

For starters there's only 6 teams in the entire league that are based in the Pacific Time Zone - and 4 of them are in 'shared' markets (Oakland is different than San Francisco and Anaheim is different than LA...but they're still in the same metro area...not to mention San Diego is ~2 hours away from both the Dodgers and Padres).

The Giants absolutely should have more games on national TV than the Red Sox...but the Red Sox draw a crowd, no matter how ****** they are. Almost 50% of the nation lives on EST and another ~32% on CST...only <15% of the country lives on PST so it should come as no surprise that the national game is going to pander to the majority instead of the minority.

And to be fair the 'west of St. Louis' grab is a bit harsh as that is only 1/3 of the league - and a disproportionate amount of those teams are lousy (Minnesota, Kansas City, Houston, Seattle, potentially Arizona...maybe Oakland falls back to Earth...Los Angeles is on the list so that leaves only the Rangers, Giants, and Angels really being slighted in any way...and even then they're all getting at least 6 games, as are the A's).

In other words out of 164 possible combinations in 82 games 31 are teams on the West Coast...meaning 18.9% of those possibilities involve teams from a time zone that has a little less than 15% of the population.

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