Tyler Cowen on the NBA:
High-status men receive ancillary products related to the NBA, such as statistics and clever analytics, from say Bill Simmons or fivethirtyeight or Zach Lowe. These make the experience of watching the game more high brow and also more satisfying. In response to that improvement, some other aspects of the experience can be dumbed down, without the high-status men defecting.
making an experience smarter, as do the clever sportswriters, can also contribute to making part of that same experience more stupid.