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Other games already exist. You want to play 9-a-side football on an American Football pitch? Be my guest.

By laying out pros and cons we risk inducing people to join the debate, and losing control of a process that only we fully understand. - Alan Greenspan
by Migeru (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Tue Jun 15th, 2010 at 04:36:04 PM EST
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Typically we see resistance to monopoly (in this case FIFA's) as the sign of a liberal or left tendency, but obviously not always.

fairleft
by fairleft (fairleftatyahoodotcom) on Tue Jun 15th, 2010 at 05:16:03 PM EST
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What are you rambling about, exactly, now?

By laying out pros and cons we risk inducing people to join the debate, and losing control of a process that only we fully understand. - Alan Greenspan
by Migeru (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Tue Jun 15th, 2010 at 05:51:14 PM EST
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FIFA is a private monopoly. Consider questioning and challenging its authority.

Football and its specific rules are a political creation of FIFA, and you as a football consumer have political choices.

You can choose (1) to have the conservative peasant mentality and just accept whatever FIFA gives us and say "FIFA has decided this is soccer." (2) You can look at soccer as the game of all the people who like it and pay for it, and pressure FIFA to modify it so it's more entertaining. (3) You can say, I love soccer exactly the way it is, so I don't feel like asking FIFA to change things.

Option (1) is politically (very) conservative, but it fits you when you say, "Go away and play/watch a slightly different version of soccer, 'we' like FIFA's soccer, and it and only it is soccer." Besides, soccer is a monopoly, so that suggestion is not a realistic or practical one.

fairleft

by fairleft (fairleftatyahoodotcom) on Tue Jun 15th, 2010 at 06:45:47 PM EST
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Major League Baseball is not only a private monopoly, it is one granted by Congress, in all it's wisdom. One could also challenge the National Basketball whatever, or or the Budweiser League. Though in amurka, or Spain, or Brittania, there are no solvency regulations, as there are in German football.

and your point is? To democratize NASCAR? what?

One goes to sport with the league you're given, not the one whatever, to paraphrase a criminal.

i am a conservative peasant, though i pay no fealty to FIFA. and i'm quite comfortable letting FIFA have control of this particular bread and circus, since i spend more energy trying to change the energy balance on this fuckin dumb planet, and find that changing FIFA ranks way low on the list of things.

You spend your time changing the monopoly which controls the sport of padded polar bears with skates, and i'll spend my time doing whatever it is that i do.

(you take a riff about goals in the World Cup and now move to political control of sports when we can't even control where the money goes?)

Did you know that 23.17% of NASCAR attendees were unable to enunciate after a day at the races, while only 23.17% of the Senate were able to enunciate BEFORE a race?

"Life shrinks or expands in proportion to one's courage." - AnaÔs Nin

by Crazy Horse on Tue Jun 15th, 2010 at 07:23:56 PM EST
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You need to lay off of NASCAR, the 'merican national sport. These European wimps can kick balls around all day long if they want, but real men drive spec cars with pushrod V8 engines, carburetors, and solid rear axles. And cupholders.
by asdf on Tue Jun 15th, 2010 at 11:16:58 PM EST
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Ah no the laws of the game aren't a political creation of FIFA they're a creation of the  International Football Association Board, the guardians of the "Laws of the Game". The board has five members FIFA, the Football Association, the Irish Football association, The Scottish Football Association, and the Welsh Football Association

Any idiot can face a crisis - it's day to day living that wears you out.
by ceebs (ceebs (at) eurotrib (dot) com) on Wed Jun 16th, 2010 at 05:06:59 AM EST
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Or, (4) you can create new rules which you believe create a game more entertaining for you, which will be a new game, you can call it "soccer Mark 2" or whatever. If it is more entertaining than football, consumpers will make their choice.

*Lunatic*, n.
One whose delusions are out of fashion.
by DoDo on Wed Jun 16th, 2010 at 05:39:33 AM EST
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