Tuesday, October 25, 2011

The problem with leagues

1.  Teams in a league are owned separately.  The league is one.  The teams are many.

2.  Teams are supported by separate fanbases, relying on those fanbases to stay in business thanks to ticket and merchandise purchases.

3.  Fanbases, with rare exceptions (Tampa Bay, Oakland), support winning teams.  Few fanbases (Kansas City, Chicago) support losing teams.

4.  For every winning team, there is a losing team.  For every dynamic powerhouse, there is a pathetic unit going nowhere.

Put these together:  I have not seen a league yet in which every franchise was thriving economically.

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