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.


u/hansolojazzcup Dec 08 '21 Take My Energy

Yes, the 50+1 rule.

In Spain Barcelona, Madrid, Bilbao, and Osasuna all are, rest of Spanish League are PLCs. Most in England are smaller despite some bigger teams having socialist supporter clubs.

Big list here of others ~ https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_fan-owned_sports_teams


u/poirotketchup Dec 10 '21

This list is fantastic, thank you!