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 Posted: Thu Mar 7th, 2019 09:17 pm
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Kriss wrote: This is the biggest thing that puts me off US sports leagues compared to my beloved European football. There is no real punishment for being crap. The worst team wins the first draft pick, and as long as attendance doesn't fall off too much, there is very little difference between being average and being crap. If the bottom teams were replaced every year, as they are in European football, you would have much more to play for and many more meaningful games.
On the one hand, promotion and relegation puts something at stake for the bottom and near bottom teams and that defniitely makes international soccer exciting. However, the trade off is that the top soccer leagues around the world have what amounts to a permanent underclass of teams that have no hope of ever winning a championship.
Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund have won the Bundesliga 21 of the last 25 times. In the Premier League era that began effective 1992-93, only Manchester United, Manchester City, Arsenal, and Chelsea have won the title apart from Blackburn Rovers in 1993-94 being a holdover from the previous era when a provincial club with some money could rise up and the miracle of Leicester City in 2015-16 which was such a big story due to the impossibility of it all. Apart from Liverpool and Tottenham, what other English club could realistically hope to win a title? From 1990-91, every Serie A title has been won by Juventus, Milan, and Inter barring one apiece to Roma and Lazio with no other team's having much hope of ever winning it all.
There are undoubtedly some teams in North American sports that sit back and count their money rather than trying to compete and the teams with more money and big markets have inherent advantages. However, the drafts and salary caps prevent the institutionalization of power to the extent that not only does the same handful of teams win every year, but few teams even have a hope. If a team like the A's, the Bucks, the Lions or the Blues manages its resources well, it can compete for and win titles. The Patriots are now a dynasty, but spent the late 1980s and first half of the 1990s as a disaster zone. The Warriors are now a super team, but from 1992-93 to 2011-12 made the playoffs just twice. The Royals went nowhere from the mid 1990s to mid 2010s and then made two World Series in a row, winning the latter. Another Leicester City might happen someday, but I doubt it will be soon. Another Royals can and will much sooner.