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muriel_volestrangler Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Nov-06-05 07:45 AM
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6. More socialist aspects of American football
Edited on Sun Nov-06-05 07:48 AM by muriel_volestrangler
It's a fixed league of teams. If a team does really badly, it isn't chucked out of the league - and the revenue sharing means it will probably be able to continue financially.

Compare it with soccer in Europe - specifically England. The top league of 20 teams demotes 3 each year to a lower league, where they get less money from TV rights. The best 3 from that league are promoted. There's a total of 4 leagues doing that - and it's possible to get demoted from the bottom league too (that depends on another team being financially strong enough to be able to play in the leagues - roughly, these leagues use full time professionals, while the lower leagues have part timers who also have 'real' jobs).

So, American football franchises (a term you don't hear in football - because you aren't 'granted' a team, you build one by making it better, and winning in the leagues) have a cozy 'job for life', no matter how badly they perform. British football teams fall into obscurity, and sometimes bankruptcy, if they fail. They also have no salary cap; currently the leading English team is owned by a Russian billionaire (friend of Putin, not yet arrested on fraud, unlike most) who has poured millions into the salaries, and also the transfer fees (players on contracts are bought and sold between clubs for millions; they are assets). They are now streets ahead of all the other teams in the league - commentators said that it looked like a foregone conclusion they would win the title again this year, only 2 months into a 9 month season.

Soccer also has the equivalent of 'outsourcing'. A team in the English top league might field, on average, 4 Englishmen in a team of 11 - the rest being from the rest of Europe, Africa, South America, and the occasional American and Asian. The top teams also compete against European sides - who are in the same market for players. Only the best teams in each national league each year get to play in the pan-European league - if they fail to finish in the top 4 of the English league, they miss out on the lucrative 'Champions League' competition.

But the most socialist aspect of American football is the draft. If a team does badly one year, it gets the best new players. The winners get last choice. "From each according to their ability, to each according to their needs". The draft is welfare for the franchises.
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