Capitalist country, socialist sport - Or why Ayn Rand learned to love Manchester United and hate the Dallas Cowboys

While the past few seasons have presented the NFL with challenges (health concerns, protests, disciplinary cases of owners/players), the league remains at the pinnacle of American sports. Part of this comes from the sport’s unique ability to intertwine itself with American culture and patriotic themes.

The irony is that the NFL, a league that so very clearly reflects the culture from which it sprang, owes a great measure of its success to an economic system that many regard as the antithesis of what is considered to be American. Specifically, rather than relying on a typically American-style free market economic system, the success of the NFL is due to its adherence to socialist economic theory, where revenue is evenly shared to support the larger health and well-being of the league.
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