Originally Posted by unclehonkey
... I also showed in post 75 how 6 teams who have no OTA games have a higher OTA concentration than LA does (per the link posted)
I'm still curious as to why you think taking away MLB's antitrust exemption will get your Dodgers back on free TV in some capacity? Then it would make MLB like the NBA and NHL and I'm not seeing a whole lot of Lakers, Kings and Sharks games on OTA stations.
I question the same thing too.
Even though you are 2,000 miles away, since you take a more civil tone in these discussions, I am happy to answer your inquiries:
I will not bother to show you the maps of the 6 cities you cite in post 75, but as I pointed out earlier, you are getting your data from these cities' DMA (Designated Market Areas). These are defined terms used by the FCC and advertisers to carve the country into the relevant TV markets.
Los Angeles, as a city, is much smaller than the Los Angeles DMA (as noted in the map I included in post 71). TV homes in rural Kern, San Bernadino, Riverside, and Ventura Counties cannot receive OTA TV; they must either pay for cable/satellite/telco or get no TV at all. Hence their "wired" percentage is much higher than urban Los Angeles and brings the total to a much higher number.
I also restated my point which is that the economically disadvantaged living in Los Angeles live in areas with a line-of-sight view to Mt. Wilson, where all of the TV transmitting antennas are located and most of these homes easily watch TV with an antenna pointed there (many using an inexpensive indoor antenna).
These factors cause the city of Los Angeles to have a much higher percentage of OTA TV households than the DMA of Los Angeles. I already apologized earlier for using the ambiguous term "the 2nd largest TV market in the country" which caused the confusion.
My point still holds: Los Angeles is still the 2nd largest metropolitan TV market in the country and holds much financial and political sway. We tend to care about the economically disadvantaged in our city and look for ways to protect their interests; especially since they do not have the economic or political power to protect their own interests. How that plays out in other cities, I do not know.
But the political power to rezone Dodger Stadium to allow for the current owners' stated desire for future development of shopping malls, etc. is clearly held by the City Council of the City of Los Angeles!
Lastly, and again repeated here, it is not the repeal of the antitrust exemption that will protect OTA games, it is the threat
of the repeal of their antitrust exemption. If Congress weighs in here on the lack of OTA telecasts, MLB will do everything in its power to keep that antitrust exemption!
We saw it with the Congressional steroids hearings; we'll see it here too!