Conservatives in general, and tea partiers in particular have decided that anything that even smells like socialism is evil, and must be protested vigorously. However, they seem to have overlooked a bastion of corporate socialism in the US. Why aren’t they protesting this? Are they closet socialism fans?
I am talking (of course) about the National Football League.
The NFL, socialist? Why, football is as American as apple pie. Isn’t it? How could it be socialist?
- Salaries are not driven by free-market tenets. Instead, there is both a “salary cap” and a “salary floor” that requires the individual NFL franchises to spend the same amount on player salaries each year. Where’s the competition for players?
- The Supreme Court has ruled that corporate money is free speech, but in the case of the NFL, the franchises are prohibited from using using their money in order to hire better players. In other words, the whole game is rigged!
- Even worse, the teams cannot hire whomever they want. There is a socialist “draft” that gives the highest picks to the weakest teams. What kind of system punishes winners and rewards losers? How can we expect to compete in the Olympics with commie pinko athletics programs like this?
- Not just the player salaries are run in a socialist manner. The owners of the franchises divide up television revenue equally (also known as “each according to their need”).
Ironically, it is the players and the owners who are trying to tear down this blatantly socialist system, when it is the fans who should be protesting this. The owners are complaining that they are paying players too much, and want to change the formula, but the players are not willing to change the formula unless they can see the owner’s financial records. As a result salaries are going to shoot up this year, and there is every probability of a lockout next year by the owners.
So there will be no football. But if that is the price we have to pay to fight socialism, it will be worth it.