Parity just means every team has an equal chance to succeed. You can make that case more in the NFL since all TV money is equally split than you can with any other North American sport due to the huge imbalances between local TV contracts in the MLB/NHL/NBA.
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$5.00 for the new Dodgers channel.
Posted 16 February 2015 - 10:35 AM
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Posted 17 February 2015 - 07:33 AM
Not for nothing, but haven't I read stories lately about a possible move back to LA by the Rams?
Unless St. Louis builds them a new stadium.
Posted 18 February 2015 - 08:09 AM
Actually I never thought parity meant 8-8. In this context, parity means different teams make the playoffs and win championships. More different teams do so in MLB than in the NFL, and payrolls don't mean what you think they do. The Yankees haven't won in years, the Angels, Dodgers and Tigers didn't get past the first round, and the Red Sox were awful. High payrolls don't always equal championships. Concerns about teams buying championships just don't pan out.
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MLB's divisional system actually combats the payroll inequities a bit. The Central Division is guaranteed a playoff spot even though they are mostly small market teams plus Chicago (Cubs can't win). Think of it as a quota system. And baseball playoffs are somewhat of a crap shoot. (It wouldn't be surprising if a 70-92 team beat a 100-62 team 3 out of 5.)
Yes, there are inequities within divisions, but the recent evidence supports the claim that high payrolls don't guarantee titles.