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zbdent Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Nov-05-05 08:05 PM
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Is the NFL socialist or communist?
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Okay, yes, you have some bright spots (players) that draw large paychecks.

But you look at it this way.

Salary caps. Each team is allotted X dollars. You can spend between Y and X on players' salaries. There is a minimum, and there is a maximum.

Television revenue sharing.

Except for the late game on Sunday, (and even then, telecast in the local stations of the playing teams' cities,) the games are on the local CBS or Fox stations. Monday Night Football, originally to be on ESPN this year, plays on ABC. PUBLIC AIRWAVES. (Baseball is now carried on cable).

You do have a minimum salary for players (because of the unions).

You have a strict, level playing field. Each playing area is a specific length and width. Each area is marked exactly as according to rules. (Unlike baseball, where only the bases have the specific dimensions. The outfield can be damn near any size).

Football has had strict steroid policies for years. Also (usually) strict drug abuse policies, too.

Other points are there, but does this seem like a communist/socialist concept?

Oh, and by the way, some other points about Baseball vs. Football. Baseball is all about capitalism. No revenue sharing between all the teams. The New York Yankees can spend as much as they want. (That doesn't guarantee a World Series win, though). And the ratings for Football are probably way better than that for Baseball.
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