On Sunday, the Green Bay Packers remained unbeaten with a 24-3 trouncing of the St Louis Rams. The Packers are the defending Superbowl champions, and their superstar quarterback, Aaron Rodgers, was the Superbowl MVP. One of the most storied franchises in NFL history with a record 13 league championships, including four Super Bowl victories, it is almost unthinkable to imagine Green Bay, Wisconsin without its football team. In 2011, Charles Woodson and Aaron Rodgers topped the salary charts for Green Bay, each pulling in over $7 million. The total payroll was $63,723,500.
Green Bay is arguably one of the best loved and undoubtedly one of the most historically significant teams in the NFL. Most fans know this. What many people might not know is that Rodgers, Woodson, and the entire team — from top to bottom — are welfare recipients. They are products of a socialist organization that shares money equally with every team regardless of merit.
Approximately 2/3 of the NFL’s income comes from television revenue. Approximately 2/3 of team revenue goes to the players, which means that essentially, television pays the players’ salaries. Here’s the important part: The TV money is split equally between every team in the league. The lowly Jaguars and the mighty Packers receive exactly the same funding. The Green Bay Packers, whose hometown has approximately ten times fewer people than a typical NFL city, rely on profit sharing — socialism — to stay afloat, despite being one of the most talented teams in the country.
The NFL also has the equivalent of “corporate regulation.” Minimum wage is set at around $375K per year. While there is no hard upper cap per player, there are practical limitations to how much any individual can be paid based on the overall salary cap.. Since football is a team sport, it is impractical to pay one or two players exhorbitant salaries while paying league minimum to everyone else. In the regulated marketplace, small market teams like Arizona or Jacksonville will snatch underpaid players in a heartbeat and compensate them more fairly. They’re able to do this because of profit sharing. Socialism. Even more notably, the NFL prohibits corporate ownership of teams.
The NFL is a shining example of the American Dream. Since the socialist system was introduced in 1994, there have been 23 teams in the Superbowl. There are only 32 teams total. That means that as a result of socialism, 72% of NFL franchises have had a moment of greatness. In a comparable period before socialization, only 15 teams went to the Superbowl, with large market teams like San Francisco, Miami, Pittsburgh, and Dallas each making far more appearances than any of the small market teams like Atlanta or… Green Bay.
The number of “worsts to firsts” in the NFL since socialization is encouraging. The lowly Raiders, Cardinals, Seahawks, Panthers, Rams, and Titans have all had atrocious seasons within just a couple of years of Superbowl appearances. This season, the Lions look to be making a similar turnaround, and may be on the big stage within a year or two.