The left claims to be the side of the working class–against the abuses of the monopolists and “greedy” corporations. But in reality, liberals rely heavily on monopolies to advance their cultural agenda.
Look no further than Silicon Valley, where tech monoliths like Google, Twitter, and Facebook reign unchallenged in their respective fields, routinely using their power to ban, de-monetize, and censor conservative voices.
But there’s one monopoly that absolutely demands attention. One that blatantly violates federal anti-trust laws, but gets away with it by suckering politicians from both parties. A monopoly that serves as the perfect propaganda tool–luring in blue-collar Americans with the guise of a national pastime, only to discreetly inject liberal talking points into the coverage of every game.
That’s right. It’s about the NFL.
The NFL become a cesspool of snobby, anti-American football players who complain about “systemic” oppression while raking in more money than more regular folks will ever see in a lifetime.
A once-enjoyable way of passing an afternoon turned into a highly politicized showcase of left-wing values (sadly, the same fate that has befallen other forms of entertainment, like music and movies).
Left out of the NFL discussion is that the league is only able to exert the influence it does because Congress continues to exempt it from antitrust laws that have broken up much smaller monopolies.
The NFL does what all monopolies do. It fixes prices, divides territories, and vehemently works to destroy competition.
Of course, lawmakers turn a blind eye to all this because the allure of an NFL team in their hometown is more than they can resist. The NFL seduces politicians with the grandeur of a new stadium. The chance to “put your city on the map” through its association with a hip new team. “Just think of all the revenue we’ll bring in!”
Naturally, the organization conveniently downplays the billions of dollars in subsidies it collects from taxpayers for stadium construction and renovation. They can’t let anyone question the Almighty football idol.
It doesn’t want Americans to know they’re being played. Look at how expensive tickets are. Look at the insane prices on merchandise. And there’s also the fact that NFL players are arrested in huge numbers every year for all kinds of crimes–and their misdeeds are quietly swept under the rug.
The NFL enjoys all these perks because it is exempted from antitrust laws. The biggest help the NFL receives is in broadcast packages it negotiates with TV networks. These deals are perfectly designed to hinder any competition from encroaching on their piece of the pie.
The NCAAA isn’t’ covered by an antitrust exemption. As a result, college football is always on its feet trying to strike a balance between its interests and the interests of the schools and conferences–which is how capitalism is supposed to work.
Professional football, on the other hand, doesn’t want that hassle. Its worst nightmare is for Congress to revoke the antitrust exemption, a move that would force them to compete in the free market. Without its legal monopoly status, the NFL would actually have to act like a real business and be accountable to its customers–the fans.
It’s high-time for Congress to cut the cord. Boycotts of NFL games are a step in the right direction. Canceling your cable subscription is key. But the most brutal damage to the corrupt football league can be done swiftly by our nation’s lawmakers. Revoke their antitrust exemption.
After all, we have just the guy in the White House to rubber stamp anything aimed at putting the NFL in its place.
If there’s anyone fit to take down the NFL, it’s Donald Trump. And it’s not just because he’s the only Republican in Washington willing to side with conservative America by putting himself on the front line of the culture war (although that’s a major part of it).
The President knows first-hand how ruthless, amoral, and anti-capitalistic an organization the NFL is. Trump’s been hit by it personally.
The current “Trump vs. NFL” struggle isn’t a first-time match-up. It’s round 2.
As CNN documents, Trump took the NFL head-on in the ’80s when he became an owner in the United States Football League (USFL), an upstart that originally played in the spring. Trump bought the New Jersey Generals and turned the team around, making them a force to be reckoned with.
Eventually, Trump convinced the rest of the USFL to compete directly against the NFL by playing in the fall. But the NFL used its power to cajole the TV networks into dropping USFL coverage. In retaliation, Trump led the USFL in an antitrust lawsuit, which they ultimately won–in a nominal victory of $3.
Needless to say, the long, expensive legal battle killed the USFL. But through a surprising twist of fate, Trump may end up having the last laugh.
If the Donald did take a swipe at the NFL’s antitrust exemption, he would certainly have the support of his base.
@realDonaldTrump Time to revoke NFL's antitrust exemption.
— acowa (@acowa) September 26, 2017
— suzyrice (@suzy_rice) September 27, 2017
— ChiTown Conservative aka red wine goddess 🍷🍷 (@gingertealkp) September 26, 2017
The NFL has a massive antitrust exemption. That's the real subsidy that lets billionaires print money, abuse cities, and hurt players.
— Matt Stoller (@matthewstoller) September 24, 2017