Skip to comments.Europe's Laissez-Faire Industry: Soccer
Posted on 05/05/2014 6:06:23 AM PDT by C19fan
It has been a long-standing irony that European soccer is, by-and-large, a laissez-faire meritocracy, while many U.S. sports leagues resemble a welfare state, where success is punished and failure rewarded.
Finish near the bottom in the National Football League or National Basketball Association and you get a high draft pick next year. Enjoy a stellar season and, not only do you get a low pick, but you're also likely to struggle to hang on to some of your better players, as they will want pay hikes and the salary cap (or luxury tax, in the case of the NBA) will make it difficult to hang on to them.
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I’ve been making this point for years. One could argue Europe needs a little more “socialism” in its sports, and a little (a lot?) less in its politics. Though I do still like the idea of keeping “relegation” in the soccer leagues.
I actually like the European Soccer practice of relegating the teams who finish at the bottom of the standings to play in a minor league the following season.
Owners of the Pittsburgh Pirates could not have languished in 20 years of sub-mediocrity if THAT system were in place in MLB.
I tend to agree, when you look at how the English game was in the 70s, you had smaller market teams, like Leeds, Derby County and Nottingham Forest competing for titles. Forest even won two European titles.
There is no way that could happen today.
Looks like Forest stuck in the middle of the pack in the second division (or whatever they call it now) this year.
And the Greatest Manager England never had.
I got hooked on YouTube videos for the series “Match of the 70s” where they would go through the highlights of each season.
New York would have to compete against itself. Maybe they could move the Dodgers and Giants back there.
Damn, Liverpool was cruising, and CP came all the way back.
Looks like City is going to win the title. They host Aston Villa on Wednesday.
And Chelsea is still alive, barely.
Maybe Aston Villa can get it done against MC to really shake things up.
They deserved it when all said and done. Kompany must be relieved his whiff vs Liverpool is forgiven.
Derby County reaches the Championship playoff final.
FA Cup Final about to begin......Go Hull!
GOOOOOOOOOAL!!!!! Hull 1 ARSEnull 0.
2-0!!!!! Arsenal’s getting their butts kicked.
Extra Time at Wembley: 2-2.
Come on, Hull.
Just recently watched replay of the Derby/QPR promotion game. Heartbreaker for Derby!
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