These assumptions, among others, have created the landscape of American sports. But you can violate many if not all of these assumptions while maintaining a compelling league. One which may, in fact, be more fair and lead to a superior product with more exciting outcomes.
From 2 months ago: If you are not watching the Premier League, here is why you are missing out on the greatest underdog fairytale in the history of any professional sport.
Leicester City (pronounced Les-ter), or the Foxes, are a relatively insignificant team. They are often fighting for a mid-table place in the Premier League, just as often slugging it out in lower leagues.
Other than Daryl Morey, Curry is perhaps the figurehead in the NBA’s Three-Point Revolution™. It’s easy to get swept up in the narrative that 3-point shooting has been long-undervalued and that smart sharpshooters are finally taking over the NBA. Teams that shot the most and the best from beyond the arc last year dominated like never before. The correlation between a team’s rate of attempting threes and its winning percentage was the highest it has ever been (.47). In the playoffs, the top 3-point-shooting teams made up the entirety of the conference finals:
If no NFL Football players are arrested between now and the end of Black Friday(11/27), it will be the longest arrest free streak in over 11 years and 2 months of NFL history. On average a player gets arrested every 7 days, we are currently over 5 times the average. If no players get arrested by the end of november, it will be the first calendar month in over 6 years without an arrest.
In light of our proven inability to enforce a zero-tolerance approach to sport, we should instead take a pragmatic approach. As a very brief and incomplete overview, I argue that we should allow doping within safe, measurable physiological parameters.