Re: Greater Fenway Park
The Red Sox are and ESPN-contrived entity. The Cubs are a WGN-contrived entity. The Braves are a TBS-contrived entity. The Yankees are a magnet for front-running fans who probably latch onto any elite winner - Dallas Cowboys, L.A. Lakers, Duke basketball.
ESPN got exactly what it set out to do - create a national team (Red Sox) to rival another established national team (Yankees). Big national teams in major markets are easier to sell to the populace than relatively regional draws like the Reds, Pirates, Rockies, Mariners, etc.
Pro sports is becoming lamer by the day.