If the World Series goes seven games, four of the games will compete head-to-head with an NFL game, a fifth game will go up against college football games, and game seven would compete with a major holiday in which people leave their houses at night.
That's a formula for a ratings disaster.
On the other hand, if MLB had started the season and the World Series just one day earlier, only one game would have gone head-to-head with the NFL, one game would go up against college football, and game seven would have been the day before Halloween.
There's also a handy chart detailing all this. Basically, if your goal was to draw the smallest possible viewing audience for the World Series, you could hardly do better than this year's schedule.
All hail the glorious Commissioner-for-life!
* Rob: What?
Jason: Seliged it. It’s just this thing people say around the office. Like when you screw something up in a really irreversible way, you "Seliged" it. I don’t know where it comes from though ... Hey, do you think it came from Bud Selig?
Rob: I don’t know. Who knows how words are formed?