Well, for a football fan, your team plays after 4 PM, maybe two or three (if you're a Falcons fan and the NFL caters to your Quarterback to draw ratings
) times per season. The rest of the time, you can catch them a) on the weekend and b) at 1 PM or 4 PM EST. Now, that's not something we can really equate to baseball, in the differences of schedules, but I do agree with Kent that if games started even an hour earlier, young fans nation wide would be able to watch more baseball.
Sluggers, I actually enjoyed that article, believe it or not. And I think the main reason people will remember last year's Series and not this year's was the route that the Bo-Sox took to get there in the ALCS. I can't tell you a single score of a Series game last year, but I could probably give you play-by-play on those 7 ALCS games. The World Series was anti-climactic. However this year, there wasn't even a build up to be anti-climactic from, for the casual fan. It seemed like they were just going through the motions.
Then again, that's probably just my East Coast bias talking...