Well, at least it would quarantine all of that stuff to its own broadcaster.
If the network affiliates have less 480i streams available and less reason to degrade their HD programming, then that is a good thing in my book. My weekend sports programming is not degraded. People who think that “more crap channels = better DTV” get what they want. Everybody wins.
I peek in on WPGD from time to time, and their 5-way split is bad enough. I hate to think about the quality of what WANN is pumping out. It must look like crap even on the smallest of screens.