I enjoy the responses to my recent blogs. It seems there are people who think that influencing races or teams through licenses should not be allowed. Pure market forces should dictate how races fare and a men’s race that can support itself shouldn’t be forced to use its hard-earned money to support a women’s race.
- Should cycling be the only sport where market forces rule?
- These people know nothing about how men’s races operate.
- NBA has a salary floor, a salary cap and a luxury tax
- MLB has a luxury tax
- NHL has a salary cap
Don’t get me wrong, that doesn’t mean I’m a fan of all these distortions, but it’s interesting to see them so widely used in the US. And granted, none of these professional leagues really support women’s leagues, but that’s not the point. The point is that measures are taken to to distort the “free market forces” to benefit the mandate of those in charge (in this case not a world governing body but the league and the player’s union).
Let me know your thoughts in the comments below. Tomorrow I’ll explain why people who say using WorldTour licenses to influence behavior is wrong know nothing about how men’s cycling works today. Subscribe here for that story.