One of the principles of the Free Market is the idea that if another person thinks the can something better to go ahead and DO it.
So when I saw this idea from P-Diddy:
I did have a dream to own a NFL team but now my dream is to own our own league!
— Sean Diddy Combs (@diddy) October 11, 2017
My reaction is if you, the left, the players and the media want a league where the primary goal is to allow for free protest as desired GO FOR IT!
Start with a small 8 team league with two divisions, a 10 game schedule and a championship game at the end. I’m sure you can manage to find 500 players either unsigned or wiling to leave the NFL over this kneeling cause.
Since this about a principle that the Players union cares about they might even allow your 60 man rosters to have a minimum salary as low as $200,000 each with a salary cap of 80 million to keep your initial costs down.
There is also no shortage of ex players to fill up front offices either and all of this means plenty of jobs for folks working at games as well. With a little luck including front office and coaches the payroll per team can be kept below $150 mil easy
Furthermore given the liberalism of big cities I’m sure the Mayors of Portland, Chicago, San Francisco, LA, Baltimore, NY, Washington and Boston would be delighted to either build you new stadiums to play in or give you old ones by eminent Domain to advance the liberal cause.
So Mr. Comes all you need are 10 liberal billionaires or 30 liberals wiling to go thirds on teams to make this happen.
If you guys are right, they should have no fear that they will lose a fortune on it, because we keep hearing from the sports media that the number of fan who actually are upset about the protests are tiny so there will be plenty of fans ready to fill your stadiums and plenty of advertisers dying to sponsor you product to target them.
And of course ESPN and the networks who have all supported your protests will be happy to not only televise your games but pay you all handsomely for the privilege.
Now it’s my opinion that all of this is pipe dream because there is no way such a league will draw fans, advertisers or TV money and the reality is that the best case scenario for you is this being a non-starter and the worst case scenario is this does start up and the financial backers lose tens of millions as both the TV and stadium audiences fail to turn up.
But the beauty of America is the chance to take a shot. So Mr Comes, you go on ahead. I’m sure you’ll be delighted to show all of us conservatives the P-Diddy League’s success and gloat over it and if you do succeed I’ll be happy to publicly acknowledge it.
Go ahead let’s see you do it.
Update: There is one thing I should point out that hit me after I slept on it and it’s a significant point. There is one reason a P-Diddy League might have a shot at success. There is no reason to believe that such a league would not produce good football. If you started with an 8 team league as I suggested with about 25% of the rosters consisting of players who are at an NFL level and the rest pretty close to it, with even average coaching you can produce a product of good quality.
Furthermore as a new league a Diddy league could also make a few minor rule tweaks to improve the product such as dumping the constant review of every play, letting fumbles be fumbles, catches be catches and letting the refs actually do their job even if they blow an occasional call reserving such stuff for only the championship game. If the football product is good enough it might actually build a fan base that might look beyond the constant protests but that’s the rub. I suspect the very nature of a league built around protesting America would have such a small appeal to American football fans that the quality of the product would not be enough.