First things first...
Word... I think you tripled your post count in the last 24 hours...
I would totally believe anything Gworkman has to say about the MLB rules and viewing issues. He has been researching it for many seasons and has, in my opinion, been accurate in every post concerning the topic. If we were to ever say opposite things, I would probably concede to his point of view.
For the Fox Sports channels, I do know, and did point out that the Atlantic, Central, and Pacific channels were college based channels. I was making a point that almost all NON-Regional Fox sports channels are available. The ones that are not available are the ones dedicated to regions, in which Vegas is NOT a part of. Go to Foxsports.com for more info on what channels are available.
This is my surmised opinion, based on conversations I have had with individuals in the industry. - There are some broadcasting laws, regarding regions, that cable has to follow, and that DirecTV can easily get away with since they purchase all of them around the country. Cox Las Vegas can't carry other area broadcasting, due to local advertising in BOTH areas, unless there is an agreement made with the station owners and advertisers. Cox 4 San Diego is owned and operated by Cox Business Services, which also operates here in Vegas, so the agreements were easy to get. Agreements with Fox Sports channels and their advertisers in other regions will not be allowed by various individuals for various reasons. I'm not into sales, marketing, or politics, I'm just an engineer
So this could all be BS, but I think it's true.
With all that, my post said that there is still no word if the Padres will be carried or not. Due to space limitations, it will probably not be carried, but there is always a chance. The removal of the analog cable box return signals could carry that channel, but the removal has been slowed down by various users and customers that need legacy equipment changed out (ahem, Hotels-cough, cough-sportsbooks-cough, cough).
Another thing to point out is that the Padres Games WERE blacked out on INHD, but we could see them on the Padres Channel with no problem. MLB had something to do with the blackout, but Cox did get them to us via a direct feed, that was never broadcast over anything other than direct fiber, bypassing the rules.
my head hurts