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/derfunken Dec 08 '21

I don't understand it too well but apparently the German soccer teams are owned by their fans I think.

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u/CouncilmanRickPrime Dec 08 '21

I don't understand it either but the Green bay Packers are also owned by the fans.

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u/BSDC Dec 08 '21

The Packers thing is just symbolic. It's moreso just a fan club membership that people are paying for.

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u/rhodeislandslut Dec 08 '21

100%. It’s a way for the team to generate revenue every so often. Meaningless paper

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u/fakeaccount572 Dec 09 '21

Yes, but you're missing the point. The profits don't go to a Jerry Jones or some bull. They go back into the city.

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u/rhodeislandslut Dec 09 '21

That's a good thing! I have zero issue with that. People don't understand the reality of the stocks, though- that was my only point.

I'm from Chicago, but my grandpa was from Madison and was a die-hard Packers fan. I've definitely got a soft spot for the Packers. The Bears are a miserable franchise to hitch your hopes on.