This is meant to be a rebuttal of KJSegals post from June 13. 2014 called "Why You Are Correct To Hate Soccer". As a half-German and full Communist I took offence to his hate towards the sport I grew up with watching. I know that he probably didn’t mean everything as seriously as I will take it, but I do believe, he said what he thought. I won’t go into a rant against the Sport of American football, or for the Sport of Soccer (Football), that’s something that I won’t touch, as I like both sports (clarification: to watch, I don’t move if I don’t absolutely need to), and I just think he’s ignorant in this case. I can live with the jabs against the sport; most of them come from a bad understanding of the game. However, I cannot live with the use of the word "Communism" as an insult. This is why I am writing this instead of working on what I should be doing. In the following, I will call American football, football, and the Football played around the world, soccer, to avoid confusion, and to accommodate the US-readers.
First of all, I dislike the business side of all sports, the corruption in the committees, and the greed in the supposed nonprofit organizations such as the FiFA. I disagree strongly with the exploitation of the workers (surprised?) in the countries hosting the World Cup and the way the gig is given to the countries. In all these cases I DO agree with KJSegal.
All those things he criticizes about the FIFA are Capitalist, and the organizations in the different countries in Europe are too. But that’s just it: it’s Capitalist, all the criticism of the organization of this supposed communist sport are because of the Capitalism in it, many Americans got brainwashed into using communism as an insult as something bad without actually understanding what it means. That is just what 72 years of opposite beliefs will do to you. But enough about history.
The Non-capitalist parts in soccer seem to be the clubs. While some soccer teams are owned privately, most are Clubs, who do not have a rich owner that wants a revenue off the sport, but are publicly owned. This is a point where the football teams are the capitalists.
But the heart of the matter is the organization of American Football, the NFL (and many major American sports) has some very strong communist elements:
1. The salary cap, every team has the same amount of money they can use; no team can just buy up every good player they want, giving every team similar chances of success. Soccer doesn’t so you get teams like Real Madrid or f*cking Bayern Munich who are very rich and use that money to buy the players the want to have, or that they just don’t want to have to play against. Is that communism? I don’t think so.
2. The draft, the worst teams gets the first picks, giving them the chance of getting the best players. A very egalitarian system. No team can monopolize all the best players, as teams in soccer can do. It is no bidding war for the talents of a young player but the same chance for everyone, no matter how much money they have. Soccer teams educate their young players themselves, which also gives the rich teams a better chance, as they too can be bought.
3. The fixed salaries for draft picks keep the players from being exploited in their first years in the league before they have leverage of their own. That’s the Unions work also quite leftish…
So what I’m trying to say is: Soccer isn’t Communist, Football is!! And most of the other American sports that have similar rules are too. And that is a good thing!!
Welcome to the bright red future Comrades!!! ;)