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Monday January 28, 2002
12:39 PM

Weekly bootstrapping

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Bootstrapping myself for the week is harder today, I'm not entirely sure I know why this is, but it just ain't flowin'.

This weekend was fun, being an FA Cup weekend. This probably doesn't interest most readers of use Perl journals, but to me its great stuff. David vs. Goliath, Bad Guy vs. Good Guy, all that kinda thing makes for terrific entertainment. And of course with lots of the big teams knocked out of the competition already, there is room for the lower divisions to shine.

Of course its Super Bowl time, which I do watch every year, but I have to admit I've never understood the North American sports franchaising system. If a team is having a poor season, the incentive is actually to do as badly as possible and get the early draft picks. With European football (err soccer) leagues if you do poorly, you drop to a lower division which generally results in low attendence and less TV airtime. Of course this all adds up to lower revenue, which means you can't get the shit-hot players.

Also of course, in English football at least, I could start up a local team that played in the park next door, and be playing Manchester United in the cup that year. Unlikely, but possible. Its just nicer I think.

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  • Not all N. American sports franchises are the same. Many would compare ML Baseball to your soccer concept, where it's basically capitalism at its finest - the NY Yankees are pretty much locked into the World Series, better airplay/TV Contracts, for the next few years, based on their spending to acquire the top talent.

    The National Football League is basically socialism, where teams are locked into salary caps, which are standard across the league.

    Overall, though, I find it very sickening how much we pay

    • > Not all N. American sports franchises are the
      > same. Many would compare ML Baseball to your
      > soccer concept, where it's basically capitalism > at its finest - the NY Yankees are pretty much
      > locked into the World Series, better airplay/TV > Contracts, for the next few years, based on
      > their spending to acquire the top talent.

      This is good -- its the way it should be -- but the teams at the bottom are guaranteed to get better players over time (although I know they often trade awa
  • Don't watch. If you're getting pissed off, don't give these people your money. Go and watch the little leagues or whatever they're called.
    • I generally do watch first division sides more than premiership sides, my team by birthright being the super reds [nottinghamforest.co.uk].
    • I wholeheartedly agree - I enjoy going & seeing my local Durham Bulls [dbulls.com] team, a Triple-A minor league baseball team, one step away from the majors. Here, you see folks scraping for their chance in the majors and some really good talent. And for at most, $6/seat (and awesome concessions [you can find microbrews, burritos, etc]), you can't beat it!

      Jason