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Dylan Hernandez: Lakers are in first place in these standings, but just barely

Dylan Hernandez: Lakers are in first place in these standings, but just barely

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...

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