The Sporting Economy

It goes without saying that the collapse of global credit markets and sharp decline in consumer spending have also affected the sports world. Here’s a sampling of how …

But maybe things are sorta-kinda vaguely looking up? Maybe?

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  1. Just IMHO, but all these things are good things. Sports is an amazing extravagance that has been way, way, way overheated for a long time. If you took half the money out of it that’s currently in it, it would still seem way, way, way overheated. I’m okay with living in an eventual present where it’s not necessarily possible to outfit all my kids with smartphones for their fifth birthdays. Somehow people managed to live back before they could afford color televisions. Color televisions! We’re just so dang spoiled. Having our economy scaled back by 30% wouldn’t be the end of the world. Er, IMHO.

    OTOH, glad you’re up and posting again!

  2. I can see salary caps working for monopolies like MLB, the NFL and the NBA, but the Bundesliga has to compete with leagues from England and Italy and Spain, etc., for players. Wouldn’t a salary cap be risking turning the Bundesliga into a minor league, since they’d be tying their own hands when they compete with the other leagues for top players?

  3. daynperry

    BKD – Good to see you stop by. Yeah, I’m with you. None of these sports-related rollbacks is any sort of tragedy. My secret hope is that this recession does away with all forms of holiday and birthday gift-giving. Don’t particularly care for consumerist traditions.

    Ken – I had a similar thought. I’m sure the Premiership, Serie A, etc. would welcome such a development.

  4. Risk of stating obvious, but the Bundesliga is already a second-tier league (below EPL, Serie A, La Liga). It’s also about the only league with a history of being, like, hardcore prudent, as witnessed by the fact that it’s the only major European league (I think) that’s taken FIFA’s advised steps of reducing the number of teams in its top flite (18 vs. 20 in England, Italy, and Spain) and and thereby limiting the number of regular season fixtures to 34 (rather than 38 in England, Italy, and Spain).

    In terms of top talent, German teams are already virtually never competing with teams from those other three countries. Further, while there are more teams competing for talent in soccer vs. the American big three sports, there are also a LOT more soccer players available who can compete at the highest level (as compared to Football or Baseball players). Excepting a few guys playing for Bayern Munich, it’s not that hard to replace the merely very solid talent currently on display in Dortmund and Leverkusen (not to mention Bielefeld and Cottbus).

    Plus it’s reasonable to imagine that the other Euroleagues could follow suit. The EPL obsesses over the NFL’s popularity already — there’s no doubt salary caps are discussed even in the big-boy circles. If the model works in Germany, why not Spain and Italy?

    Anyway: Bundesliga’s already different plus they can choose any cap they want, so it’s not like they’d necessarily cap themselves (further) out of competitiveness. I think the risk would be pretty low.

    Just IMHO, natch. Thanks for letting me worry about German soccer this afternoon.

    — Ian Campbell

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