Why Soccer Isn't Socialist
"For conservative hold-outs, soccer may be the most capitalist game going." The xenophobia that fears soccer as a socialist export is unfounded, says The Christian Science Monitor. "In most American sports leagues, failure is rewarded as the worst teams get the best shots at the top draft picks, and most leagues have revenue sharing and salary caps to spread the wealth around. In contrast, the free market reins in most European soccer leagues. Teams that finish last must move to a lower division the following year, while the best of the lower divisions move up. It’s the ultimate meritocracy."