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NFL: All teams win with redistribution of profits

Letter by Susan A. Kunkel, Tacoma on Nov. 25, 2011 at 11:21 am | 3 Comments »
November 25, 2011 11:21 am

Issac Bailey writes that the NFL is an example of socialism as it takes from the richer teams and gives to the poorer ones (TNT, 11-25).

I don’t think the writer has studied economics and marketing. My son’s friend, a sports management student at Washington State University, was taking a class studying the NFL. For teams to sell tickets (and thus be profitable), there had to be a reasonable chance that the team would win their game.

In order for fans to believe that, the teams must not be grossly unbalanced. That is, it is better to have many teams with both wins and losses than to have some unbeaten teams and others with no wins.

For someone who abhors the wealth gap in this country, I was surprised that the money-making NFL used this tactic. But it now makes sense. Just watch the movie “Moneyball” to see how professional baseball teams fare without this redistribution of league profits. Now, which is better?

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