The NFL is a Way, Way Better League Than MLB

Divya ParmarSenior Analyst IAugust 5, 2008

This article got me thinking. The NFL is better than MLB. I agree completely with the article, but for different reasons. Here they are.

1. The Salary Cap

Nobody can disagree with the fact that the salary cap is good for a sports league. It levels the playing field. The Dallas Cowboys have to work with the same amount of cash as the Carolina Panthers. No one can buy a championship, and you have to earn it through smart personnel decisions, good drafting, and productive signings in free agency. The NFL has allowed big market and small market teams to compete equally, and have a chance for a championship.

2. TV Revenue

This relates to the salary cap in the fact the revenue is shared equally. The NFL gets money for broadcasting rights from Fox, CBS, NBC, and ESPN. Then that money is given to all 32 teams. Every team gets money from the same broadcasting rights contract, and gets the same amount of money. This means the Cowboys can't make $100 million dollars in TV revenue while the Vikings make only $5 million. This happens in baseball, where the Yankees make like a trillion dollars in broadcasting revenue, while teams like the A's make every little. That creates an imbalance. In football, everyone is equal, and the playing field is evened out.

3. Football is the Ultimate Team Sport

I know what you're saying: "aren't all the major sports teams sports?" Yes, but football is more of a team sport. Baseball is mainly about 1-on-1   match ups between the pitcher and hitter. Basketball is largely a superstar-based, 1-on-1 isolation game, with match ups like Kobe going 1 on 1 against LeBron.

For football, all five offensive linemen must block or the QB will get sacked. All wide receivers must run correct routes to either get open or be a decoy, and the QB has to make the right read. Everyone must do their job correctly.

4. In the NFL, Team Records are the Most Important

In baseball, its all about individual numbers. Nolan Ryan 7 no-hitters. Barry Bonds 762 home runs. Babe Ruth 714 home runs. Ted Williams hitting .406. I don't know any individual records in the NFL. How many yards for Emmitt Smith? 15,000? How many TDs for Marino? 450? I don't know.

I can't tell you any team records in baseball. Besides the Yankee's 26 World Series, and the San Francisco Giants' 0 World Series, I don't know any totals for any other team, without looking it up. For the NFL, its all about Super Bowls. The 49ers' 5 Super Bowls, tied with the Cowboys and Steelers. The legendary TEAMS: 72 Dolpins, 86 Bears, 89 Niners, 94 Niners. Super Bowls are the ONLY statistic important in lore and history.

5. Every NFL Game Matters More

You can't argue with this. Its simple math and logic. With 16 games, each individual game is more important than an individual game of a 162 game season. A 2 game losing streak in football is equal to a 20 game losing streak in baseball.

A Monday Night Football game is much more important than one Sunday Night Baseball game. One baseball game is meaningless. One football game means A LOT.

6. I Can See Superstars Every Game

If I go to a Colts game, I will see Peyton Manning play (unless he's hurt, which never happens). But if I go to Yankee Stadium to see Joba Chamberlain pitch, there is only a one in five chance I will see him. That's because baseball pitchers pitch only once every five days. Also, position players often take days off to deal with the grind of a long season.

Football players never take days off. Every game means too much. Every player thats health plays every game to try to make the playoffs.

7. More Balanced Schedules in the NFL

NFL teams play 4 games against teams in the other conference. They each team in a division in the other conference. That makes up 25% of their schedule against the other conference. In Major League Baseball, teams play only about 20 inter-league games. That's only about 12% of their schedule.

8. The NFL Draft is a Million Times Better Than the MLB Draft

I bet you, a baseball fan, couldn't name the school and position played of 10 players in the MLB Draft. Nobody knows anything about these guys. College baseball is not a big thing in this country. We all love college football, and know all about the guys in the draft. We know Matt Ryan, McFadden, Glenn Dorsey, and Felix Jones. College football is huge.

Plus, even out of the big time MLB draft picks, very few even MAKE IT TO THE MAJORS, never mind become stars. Most draft picks bust out in the minor leagues. Almost all first-round NFL draft picks will make the roster (no minor leagues), and a lot will make a big impact right away. How many MLB draft picks make a big, instant impact: ZERO.

9. The NFL Embraces Technology (Instant Replay)

Baseball is still trying to preserve the "tradition" and "lore" of the 1800s, for crying out loud. Its the 21st century. The NFL has adapted replay and uses it when necessary. The NFL is moving with the times, and is using technology to their advantage, not denying it to preserve the past. Move on, and get with the program.

10. Football Players are Better Athletes

Think about this: major leagues just sit in the dugout most of the time. David Ortiz, being a DH, has four at-bats totaling 20 minutes max out of a three hour game. The other 2 hours, 40 minutes? He just sits in a dugout. That doesn't seem like a demanding sport to me.

Football players on the other hand, are constantly on the field, in the trenches. O-Lineman are wrestling D-Lineman for 3 hours straight, and they're dead tired when the game is over. Linebackers are constantly running sideline to sideline making tackles. NFL players are better athletes, period.

Thanks for reading. Comments (criticisms, compliments, or suggestions) appreciated.