Skip to comments.Agitate to collectivize the NFL!
Posted on 03/01/2014 8:12:58 AM PST by ReformationFan
Now that the big game is over it is time to rethink professional football.
Many young progs are running around claiming team ownership, touting that it is their team is the best. The ugly truth is that the teams are owned by some bourgeois one percenter and they owe you, the fans, nothing. They are exploiting you and getting rich as a result. Football is a business and you have been tricked into buying branded items to advertise for them with no compensation! Stop being exploited!
The last big game also showed disparity in awarding points. Denver worked so hard to get to the game and yet they were not rewarded fairly for their efforts. This inequality must not be allowed to poison the minds of the collective!
We must therefore look to the glorious progressive city of Green Bay that holds ownership of their team, and call for all football teams to be collectivized. End the exploitation of the fans by the bourgeoisie! We must also demand that all points are distributed equally. Remember in the Glorious Progressive World of Next Tuesday there are no winners and losers, only winners!
Every team should get a trophy at the end of the year. It is only fair.
Of course, the NFL already is largely socialist in design. Profit sharing, worse records yield high draft picks, millionaire union members, begging for the government to pay for their stadiums, etc.
Indeed. I think they should lose their tax-exempt status. Then again, football is in fact many people’s religion.
I actually would like to see more “Green Bay Packers” - ie) community-owned teams.
Right now, the NFL is a cabal of a few owners, using tax-payer money, political and PR ability, to line their pockets.
As a Viking fan, I’m down with calling Packer fans Communists. :)
The principles of free-market economics break down completely in sports because a sports league can't exist if a sizeable number of its teams are going out of business. So a sports league like the NFL must walk a fine line between competition on the field and financial equality off the field.
Personally, I think the NFL goes way overboard when it comes to equality, to the point that is has practically legislated equality into its operations. Nowadays, an NFL team doesn't have to do much to build a competitive team. Between the salary cap, non-guaranteed contracts, and draft rules, you're almost at the point where a team just has to sit around and wait for its turn to be a Super Bowl contender.
:: We must also demand that all points are distributed equally. ::
Sounds good to me; maybe now my Daytwah Lions can get more than “1-deep” in the playoffs?
I think last season was my last for NFL football. They are getting stupid with their new penalties and their threat to Arizona was the last straw.
Well here in Indiana, us taxpayers collectivized the Indiana Irsays (formerly known as the Baltimore Colts) for a $750m stadium.
Unfortunately we don’t get any of the profits.
Fans in Detroit or Cleveland might disagree.
It's my turn to decide what is fair! My turn, my turn, my turn.
The necessity for the referees will diminish as the players gradually come to accept the precepts of social justice, and the referees as a class will slowly wither away, leaving behind them a new, fairer, and more equitable game. In the meantime, though...well, it will be very good to be a referee. Up the revolution!
Whenever I see some adult pot-bellied male sporting a $150 Patriots jersey or a $35 Jets cap, I want to scream out at him to have some pride and self-respect. You are not "on the team" just because you purchased some overpriced piece of merchandise. You are being a tool! You are also being a fool! Grow up.
Not F'n Likely
City of Green Bay does not own the team. It is owned by hundreds of thousand of individual stockholders like myself.
Agree ... especially with the jersey part. Get it with kids or young adults not middle aged, or older people wearing the jersey of some professional athlete half their age.
Still love HS & college football, despite their often sordid shenanigans. But the NFL? Never more, quoting some Raven.
“Nice Anti-Trust Exemption you’ve got there....hate to see anything bad happen to it.”
That explains why the NFL is so PC these days.
And no, a team doesn't just have to sit around and weight until it wins -- ask the Lions or the Browns.
A situation where the largest city with the largest media market always gets the best players and usually wins the championship, as was the case with the New York Yankees for a long time, doesn't look much better.
Don't laugh ... it's getting closer and closer to that.
The league's national TV contract pretty much eliminated any disadvantage that small-market teams may have had.
Ironically, city and state income taxes in the Northeast are putting many of those big-market teams at a competitive disadvantage when it comes to signing players to big contracts. In purely monetary terms, a team like the New York Yankees has to offer at least 10%-15% more money to a free agent in order to "match" an offer from a team in a state with no income tax.