The NFL People’s Democratic Republic (Plc)

By NFLSportChannel
for NFLSportChannel.com

Published: April 13, 2009

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... the NFL but not familiar with its business model.

As coverage and discussion of the upcoming NFL Draft ramps up, onlookers notice that it appears to be a pretty left wing idea (like revenue sharing and the salary cap), and they wonder how such a socialist enterprise can be the most popular sport in the Land of the Free. Look a little further, however, and this apparent socialism is only skin deep.

Fans of other sports are used to teams being separate and competing interests, focused completely on their own (short term) needs.

In most sports, cooperation between franchises is rare—the formation of the Premier League in English soccer being the exception that proves the rule. The NFL works differently, with all 32 owners working together and accepting individual sacrifices like revenue sharing—but why?


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