Conservatives love to get on their soap boxes and scream about how the Democrats are bringing Socialism to the United States, turning their beloved country into the second coming of the Soviet Union.
Well, they might not want to hear this: Socialism already exists in this country. And come the first Sunday in February, many conservatives will be supporting it when they tune in to watch the biggest sporting event of the year.
The National Football League runs its organization in a way that would make Joseph Stalin sit up and salute. And nobody seems to care – in fact, many view the NFL as the template of how every major sports league should be run. None of this free-market capitalism that Major League Baseball runs; restricting salaries and forcing teams to split revenue equally is the way to go.
Now, it’s true that most sports leagues in America use similar tactics that don’t really seem to be free market. After all, every league has a player draft where the best amateur players go to the worst teams rather than allow them to begin their careers with the club of their choosing. But everything the NFL does takes it to an extreme level that Rush Limbaugh and Bill O’Reilly would normally have a field day with.
First there’s the salary cap. Yes, the NBA and NHL use one also. But the NFL uses the hardest cap of all, forcing teams to cut their payroll every off season – which often leads to players who helped those teams for years and became fan favorites getting cut without even a “thank you for al your years of hard work.” This even happens to the Super Bowl champs.
Then there are the TV restrictions. The NFL is the only league that doesn’t allow its teams to have their own television broadcasts, forcing fans to tune in to the national broadcast. If Dallas Cowboys fans want to hear the voice of someone who cares about their team, they have to settle for Brad Sham on the radio. Otherwise, they have to endure Joe Buck’s endless droning on the Fox broadcast.
They might not even get that choice at all in some towns. The league has a blackout rule for the home team’s city if the game doesn’t sell out. If you can’t get 80,000 people to buy the last $75 nosebleed seats and pay $60 to park at the stadium, the other three million people in the area don’t get to watch the game, period.
The league is trying to restrict the TV broadcasts even further with the advent of the NFL Network. Deciding that they don’t really like having games broadcast by announcers who work for a TV network and not for them, the league has started moving more and more high-profile games onto their own cable network. Then, when fans complain about not being able to watch the games, they turn around and blame the cable companies for making the NFL Network a premium package channel, instead of giving up a basic cable slot to a network that most people won’t watch more than 16 to 20 days a year.
And you know that rule every league has about how its telecasts “may not be re-broadcast without express written consent?” In the NFL, it might as well be “may not be re-broadcast at all.” If you tune in to ESPN Classic, you can see a lot of old baseball, basketball and college football games played in their entirety, but not NFL games. You can watch NFL Films videos, which are chopped up and pasted together by the league to show only the best highlights. But if you’re a Denver Broncos fan, don’t expect to find a full replay of Super Bowl 32 somewhere.
As if all that wasn’t bad enough, the league has now taken to restricting the news media and how they cover the league. Local TV stations are no longer allowed to bring their own cameras to a game – all stations in one area must share a single camera provided by the league and all use the exact same footage. Still photographers are still allowed on the sidelines – but only if they wear vests adorned with logos of league sponsors, forcing objective journalists to contribute to the league’s shilling.
These last two examples show the most glaring example of how close the NFL is to Communist Russia – the league is attempting to prevent the news media from publishing anything bad about them. This is the league that bullied ESPN into canceling its critically acclaimed fictional series “Playmakers” because they didn’t like how it negatively portrayed football players. The same league that allowed Leonard Little to still play after he killed someone while driving drunk. And allowed Michael Vick to come back after spending two years in prison for animal abuse.
So if anyone who made anti-Socialism speeches at a Congressional town hall meeting tunes into the Super Bowl this year, that person may want to look up the word “hypocrisy.”Because Roger Goodell and Paul Tagliabue have done more to bring Socialism into the U.S. than Barack Obama ever could.
Sports and religious ideologies are two entirely different spectrums and if the two are mixed together, then it is a recipe for disaster which can not only lead to dire consequences but the sports genre itself will be tarnished as the field will become a 안전놀이터 and players will behave like roman warriors fighting it out for the kingdom.