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The Times March 20, 2006

By Gabriele Marcotti

An advertising deal energising the American game

LOOK AT AMERICAN SPORT FROM A European perspective and you are bound to get confused. In the land of free markets and meritocracy, commissioners run their leagues with an iron fist. At the same time, a cornucopia of rules aimed at fostering parity effectively rewards the lazy and the incompetent. If Margaret Thatcher were a fan of American sport, she would be horrified.

Is your team useless? Don’t worry. Next year, we will give you one of the top picks in the draft, which means that you can simply sign the best newcomers to the league.

Are you lazy and do you make no effort to market your team and your fans? No problem. Institutions such as the National Football League share 95 per cent of revenue equally among all clubs.

Did you work hard to build a championship-winning team, carefully scouting talented players and negotiating long and hard to bring them on board? Tough luck..................


http://www.timesonline.co.uk/article/0,,27-2094405,00.html
 

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The main thing is, they don't want the league to collapse like the NASL did. As the clubs make more money and the league becomes more profitable, the league will open up.
 

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The main thing is, they don't want the league to collapse like the NASL did. As the clubs make more money and the league becomes more profitable, the league will open up.
Hopefully it will happen before I die !!!!!! :dazed:
 

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Who cares wat the euro snobs think :sweeteye:
 
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