The NFL Cap Is Socialism.

Daniel MuthSenior Analyst ISeptember 16, 2009

In the latest ESPN poll on the matter, 80% of nearly 12,000 people polled thought that the NFL is better off under a capped system because it maintains competitive balance.

This overwhelming trend of sentiment held up in every single state no matter the general political sentiment.  For example, in generally left leaning Massachusetts, 71% of the respondents thought the NFL cap was a good idea, whereas in generally right leaning South Carolina, 77% thought the cap should remain in place.

Unbelievably, stringently conservative Wyoming saw 95% of the voters in favor of the cap, though I'm prone to admit this result may be flawed as only 22 people in this state responded to the poll.

In no state did less than 70% percent of people come out in favor of the cap.

Why is this so interesting?

Well because at it's root, the NFL cap is socialism, a share the wealth philosophy designed to even out the monetary distribution in the NFL and secure a competitive balance.

It's a system that punishes large market teams and wealthy owners whose revenues could support more lavish spending, and accommodates small market teams of modest means, ensuring them a chance at the playoffs if they spend the league minimum, which is also required by the collective bargaining agreement.

You see, contrary to popular belief, socialism is not a political arrangement, it is an economic one, whereby intervention (either governmental or organizational) is used to ensure a more equal access to resources.

In this case, a cap on spending prevents the same scenarios that capitalism generally creates: a rich get richer world where large market teams tend to dominate, and the little guys tend to atrophy.

There is little doubt that in an uncapped system, the earning power of the NFL's best athlete's would increase drastically, though there is also little doubt that the average NFL player would feel the squeeze, as there would then be less money to go around and small market teams would no longer be required to spend the league minimum which is also essential to the "competitive balance" desired by the league.

And I find the result of these polls so interesting because "socialism" has become such an oft-accused and misused word in our temperamental political climate that I'm not so sure that most people even know what it means.

There is no doubt that the NFL cap is socialism.  Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones said as much in comments he made about revenue sharing last week.

It just seems ironic that so many should be for it in the National Football League, when not being directly applied to them, when so many are against it from a governmental perspective, even though in theory it promises the same "competitive balance" just on a more far-reaching scale.

And it's not that I'm necessarily promoting socialism over capitalism here or vice versa, as I'm a moderate that feels there's a time and place for both, but rather find this unprecedented support of socialism in the NFL to be a rather curious trend.

This is a blog article at heart, so I'm interested in hearing some of the community takes.

Let the mayhem commence, but let's try to keep it civil.