With the recent labor problems of the NFL, the question being thrown around is Will the NFL become the wreck that baseball is?
The following article is typical:
I agree with his assessment of the current financial climate in MLB but I do not believe that the NFL will allow themselves to fall into the rathole of no salarycap. They know better.
I particularly agree with this comment taken from the above article speaking of baseball:
I'd say Castellini is trying to get the Reds from the bottom tier to the middle tier. That is as good as he can do in MLB's current economic system. That's all us Reds fans can hope for. Can we become the Cleveland Indians? What this author doesn't mention is that Cleveland does not have to compete with the money of the Cubs, Cardinals or even the Astros. So in our division we'll have to be better than the Twins or Indians in order to be equally as successful.the sport has a three-tiered economic structure.
On top are the teams that can pay to be good, led by the freest spenders of them all, the New York Yankees. Next is a middle level of teams that can, through highly competent scouting and superior minor league organizations, field highly competitive editions for a few years at a time until their young players get old enough to command enormous salaries that only the top-tier teams can afford. Cleveland was a prime example of such a team; for five or six years it was the cream of the American League crop until it had to bid adieu to all its stars and start again at the bottom.
Then there are the bottom feeders, the Tampa Bays and Kansas Citys of the game. They have no money, spend even less, and view a successful season as one in which they finish within ten games of .500 and anywhere other than dead last.
I do hope football does not lose it's economic parity because baseball is not what it once was (in the 70s) when it had parity.