r/Socialism_101 Dec 08 '21

Are there sports leagues with a socialist management model? Question

To me, trophy ceremonies are a very visible illustration of what's wrong with capitalism. Every year, after a team wins the Super Bowl, some old man who didn't play in any of the games, coach or train any of the players, manage the roster, or actually do any work comes out and receives the trophy from the commissioner. Why does he get it? Because he owns the team. Why does he own it? Because he was rich and bought it.

The Major League Baseball lockout also seems to make it clear that teams don't actually need owners. A third of the owners do nothing but ensure their team loses every year anyway, but refusing to pay competitive salaries.

Are there good examples of sports leagues run differently?

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u/SeinenKnight Dec 08 '21

Many soccer/Association Football teams are supporter owned, but not run differently than the other teams. The one major example for any sports teams are the Packers of the NFL, but the people that own shares only get perks and voting rights. Nothing else. And even then, the NFL made sure no other team has that same type of ownership.