Evidently, it is worse for a team to finish in last place than it is to not have its games on television.
While the Lakers remain the most popular Los Angeles-based professional sports franchise, their once-substantial lead over the Dodgers is diminishing, according to a report published by Loyola Marymount's Thomas and Dorothy Leavey Center for the Study of Los Angeles.
Of the 2,400 Los Angeles County residents who were surveyed over the phone, 37% identified the Lakers as their favorite local team, compared to 35% for the Dodgers. In a similar survey two years ago, the Lakers were at 43% and the Dodgers 34%.
The Angels received only...