Scott Soshnick discusses made-for-TV schedules and how they result in a lower quality product on the field of play. I'm not a fan of the late night NBA Finals, but I gather that I am in the minority, otherwise advertisers would insist that tip-offs be earlier. But I had not thought about the sub-optimal distribution of rest days, and their impact on the quality of play.
I often worry that the scions of sport are cashing in now, at the expense of the future quality of the game. That's just a worry of mine, though. Soshnick calls it "a mistake of Ruthian proportion."