Re: As (55mil) in, LAA (154mil) and TEX (120mil) OUT!
posted at 10/7/2012 9:07 AM EDT
What about teams that won the Super Bowl or World Series? Again, you won't find a noticeable difference in the spread of championships. Since 1995, 10 franchises have won the World Series, including four that have done so more than once. In that same period, 11 franchises have won the Super Bowl, including four that have done so more than once.
So go ahead and complain all you want about baseball's economic system. It has its flaws, including the gap in payroll disparity. But when it comes to getting teams through to the championship round, it is no different than the hallowed system in the NFL.
Read more: http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/2012/writers/tom_verducci/02/03/super.bowl.edition/index.html#ixzz28cJxUlgw
Baseball, not NFL, still the king of parity
Which sport has had more parity lately? It isn't even that close. Over the last six seasons, 36 of the NFL's 72 playoff teams repeated. That's 50 percent. But over in baseball, only 19 of 48 repeated. That's 39.6 percent.
• We could go back even father -- to 2004, the year baseball really began to feel the impact of its stepped-up revenue-sharing system. Since then, over a span of eight seasons, only 29 of 64 baseball teams have made it to the postseason in back-to-back seasons. That computes to 45.3 percent. But over in the NFL, the kings of parity have had 46-of-96 repeat. That's 47.9 percent.
• Finally, what's the complaint we always hear about baseball -- that "the same teams make the playoffs every year"? Which sport have those people been watching? Since 2004, only five baseball teams -- the Yankees, Red Sox, Angels, Phillies and Cardinals -- have reached the postseason five times or more. In the NFL, NINE teams have done that -- the Patriots, Steelers, Colts, Ravens, Chargers, Giants, Packers, Eagles and Seahawks.
So if there's some data, some trend, some actual concrete evidence that the NFL has achieved some sort of vast advantage in competitive balance, where would that be, exactly? The true answer, in my humble estimation, is that it's in perception. Period.
Reality, on the other hand, would beg to differ -- if anyone would just choose to consult it.