Sports cynics have long cited a bias toward big media markets over smaller markets. They argue that the larger the media market, the better the chance a league’s front office and the officiating will maneuver for that market to advance deeper into the postseason and therefore produce more television viewers because non-regular sports viewers of that city will tune in.
Many of those cynics may have been silenced in recent weeks with the current state of the 2013 NBA playoffs. Examine the results of the major media markets. The Los Angeles Lakers? Swept in the first round by the San Antonio Spurs. What about their Staples Center co-tenants, the Clippers? Bounced after six games by the Memphis Grizzlies.