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Good News for Lions Fans

May 20, 2006 by


A few days ago I reviewed the quarterbacks who have played for the Lions since 1972, the last year a Detroit signal caller was named to the Pro Bowl.  My basic point was that although quarterbacks for the Lions often go on to great success off the football field, on the playing field Detroit has […]

Thinking about competitive balance

May 20, 2006 by


Over the last five years, five different teams have won Major League Baseball’s October Classic.  None of these teams were the New York Yankees.  The Yankees did play in the World Series in two of these years.  The remaining eight slots, however, where filled with eight different teams.   All in all, sounds pretty competitive. Small sample you say?  […]

NFL Institutional Policy and Competitive Balance

May 20, 2006 by


Recently The Economist “In a league of its own” explored the reasons the NFL has been so successful.  One of the reasons listed is the institutions that exist in the NFL, such as revenue sharing or a cap on team payrolls.  Given these institutions the article argues that “… teams are far more evenly matched […]