During the buildup to the near strike in baseball, I found it very interesting how it was/is seen as a "given" that buzzwords like "competitive balance" and "revenue sharing" gain almost universal acceptance in American culture regarding professional sports. After all, these are decidedly anti-capitalist ideals...giving artificial "help" to a weaker entity so that it can keep up with the wealthy? And this paradox is furthered when we note that in Europe, where socialism has generally taken hold to various degrees in most countries, most topflight soccer leagues are dominated by the rich to an extent not even imagined by the Yankees, Celtics, or Canadians. I mean, how many teams have a realistic shot at winning the Premiership this year? 4? 5? I don't think it's much higher than that. And this may even be a "wide open" year compared to many in recent memory. The situation is more prononced, obviously, in Scotland, but also is obvious in Spain, Germany, Holland, Italy...pretty much everywhere. So the question becomes: Why is it that all these compassionate Euro social-democrats can be so coldly capitalist with their national pasttimes, while us Americans get wishy inside when thinking of teams like Kansas City or Pittsburgh getting a chance to play in the World Series?