My goal is not to defend either side ... just to state the way it is - like it or not. Thank you for listing more problems beyond the scope of this thread. I have watched other companies fail that people would have said would last forever. Some following the same patterns as the ones you list. As for the sports leagues it may be difficult to undo the choices made during the boom years when there was less competition for viewers. Money is involved. It is hard to take it out of the equation.