Tuesday, July 13, 2004

The Capitalism of Soccer

I don't know why I hadn't encountered this essay earlier - "Why Europe's favorite sport is more American than baseball." It definitely rings true to me - at least if you replace "more American" with "more capitalist" - and I think the criticisms directed at baseball are also largely applicable to basketball; the very idea of an NBA draft in which the weakest teams get to pick first is anti-competitive.