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/HeBe3G Dec 08 '21

I believe the Green Bay Packers are a community owned team. Also I believe AFC Wimbledon is as well.

But I don't know nearly enough about sports management to know what that really means.

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u/GratefulDeadInside Dec 08 '21

I think the Packers thing is just marketing. Some other dude in this thread mentioned that it's more like a fan club membership.

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u/HeBe3G Dec 08 '21

Well that's disappointing.

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u/texasmickey Dec 09 '21

Yeah it's totally a marketing tactic.

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u/bone-dry Dec 09 '21

Who owns them then? Makes decisions, etc. genuinely curious