I am an avid redditor and was just browsing thorugh r/soccer and found this interesting post comparing US sports to European Soccer and ulitmately concluding that US sports are much more 'socialist' in nature than European soccer, which trends 'capitalist/free market'. While I'm not convinced either way, there are some interesting points and would love to hear people's opinions! Thought this would make for a great May Day discussion.
"The point I would make is these same people continually espouse free market capitalism and rail against the "elites," but European club soccer better reflects these ideals, and the "American" sports they love more closely resemble their view of "Europe."
*In American sports, failure is rewarded. The primary means by which this is accomplished is the draft. The worse you do, the earlier you pick, and therefore presumably are rewarded with better new players. In European soccer, there is no draft and it is up to each club to develop / acquire its own talent.
*In American sports, there are a group of "Elites" that dictate rules and regulate all aspects of the sport: Salary caps, luxury taxes, max contracts, minimum contracts, trade exceptions, caps on cash used in trades, matching of player salaries in trades, etc. Not in Europe. You want a player? Buy him. Want to get rid of a player? Sell him. No need to work out a complex trade with another team, ensuring that the salaries are approximately equal as in the NBA.
*The NFL is socialist! (gasp!) 32 teams that all share revenue.
*Relegation. In the US, a team like the Pirates can suck for decades and still make money. Not in Europe. Europe has relegation and promotion. What is more American (in Glenn Beck's, etc. view) than that? Survival of the fittest!"