Will Congress PLEASE stay the hell out of the Private sector...

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    Now they want to tackle the NFL for Antitrust infringement. Of all the fucking things going on in this country, hell in PA alone, Arlen Specter has this much time on his fucking hands to waste.

    http://sports.espn.go.com/nfl/news/story?id=2662146

    That last part sums up Capitalism at its core. If they dont get the ratings to sell advertising, then they will have to find another way to show their programs plain and simple. Bottomline, Congress better stay the FUCK away from my NFL!!!
     
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    I could sort of see the logic in antitrust legislation if we were talking about products that are necessary for survival, like food and so forth. But football?

    The conventional wisdom that people know about the history of antitrust is false. Most of the big nasty trusts that were attempted in the late 1800's were busted up by smaller companies looking to get in on the action. Standard Oil couldn't hold their "monopoly", even though their highly efficient operations drove the price of oil down dramatically. The only way trusts and cartels generally work is if there are government rules/regulations/restrictions that put up barriers for new companies.

    Here's an interesting article about the golden age of hollywood, and why theaters used to be awesome but now they suck. It's because film companies used to own the theaters! I'm guessing there are similar rules against auto companies owning their own dealerships directly. I can't think of any reason why they wouldn't want to, seeing as how shitty dealerships reflect so poorly on manufacturers.
     
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    You've got to be delusional if you think that's going to happen.
     
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    I know, but one can dream cant he? Bottomline is they need to stay away from my NFL.
     
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    Well, being an Eagles Fan, you don't have to worry about missing the games, right? Aren't they ACC ?Big 12? something like that now?
     
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    When he posted that, the new congress hadn't been sworn in yet. 11/15/06

    But Specter is a republican, and he's also been talking about a Mitchell report style investigation ino the Patriots videotape scandal.

    Neither party is innocent when it comes to wasteful endeavors, and you know it.
     
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    Um... the NFL gets an ANTITRUST EXEMPTION from congress so it can have its creepy communist salary cap system that prohibits the free exchange of services for compensation. When this portion of the private sector decides it would like to compete like normal American companies, and its service providers (being the players) compensated under the supply/demand model, then the government can stay out of it. If the league, which is nothing but an organization for the owners of each separate company (team) to collude under, wants to play by the rules the great majority of American companies play by, then they can have their privacy. Until then, stuff it.
     
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    Wait till we see what they do to horse racing....they're going to start legislating on that next.

    Who knows, it might be a good thing in that case.
     

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