Is there a reaosn that Directv doesn't mirror cable channels (in the 200s) to the sports package channel ranges in the 700s during the season of the sport carried by that network?
For example, why doesn't Directv (from the months of October-April) mirror NBC Sports Network on Channel 769 and NHL Network on Channel 770? This way all of the games every night are right in a row. I know some fans forget about the games on the main networks sometimes. This can't hurt NBCSN and NHLN so long as Nielsen credited people watching that channel at that time.
This doesn't take up any bandwidth, right?
Same would go for NBALP -- put a channel for NBATV and then maybe one channel for ESPN/TNT, alternating every day (4am-4am) depending on which channel has a game that day.
For MLBEI, it's not as important because MLBEI carries every game except those on ESPN Sunday Night. But it might make sense to put MLB Network on Channel 719 during the MLB season.