While I get your point, and Mitchell's, I take a sideways angle to that. There's more wrong with baseball's appeal than LAD greed and TV watchability. While MLB makes billions and apparel keeps selling, the NBA, NFL, MLS, and the NCAA have exceeded or are gaining on pro baseball merchandise. Baseball lost its appeal outside of a given market. When I went to Ireland in 1989, I saw kids wearing Dodgers, Yankees, and even Philly & Cincy hats ( believe it or not, the P or C on the cap was a coded way of saying you were Protestant or Catholic in the north. Later, it became Pepsi/Coke to determine what your religion was, since nobody wanted to say Protestant or Catholic for fear of getting blown up or killed...). Now, you see NBA and NFL gear, even NHL ... but MLB is not a thing worldwide, at least not like it used to be. ... I also think that the ability to watch the local team is a bit overvalued. Yes, it is relevant, but my fanaticism of the Dodgers wasn't based on it. I had 162 on radio and KTTV for maybe 20 games a year. My students now... .any have Spectrum, but the game- if they care - is background. They are on a computer or a tablet or a smartphone while the game is on. Take my word - I've asked. The majority of kids I know 'watch' sports on a DVR or Tivo, surf the web as they do, and if they miss a big play, they back it up and get it that way. As much as young fans are already missing seeing the Dodgers on TV, they were watching the team less BEFORE this God-awful exclusive contract came along. Still, your concern is mine, too. I hope and pray that my children will baseball as much as I do, and I'm raising them to love the Dodgers and the game, but already, my oldest daughter wants to play soccer at school, not softball. They don't offer softball until she's in 6th grade, but they offer soccer from TK all the way up; ditto hoops.