Removing auto-relegation enables mediocrity

I’ve never understood American professional sports.

The franchising system, the cornerstone of most U.S. sports leagues, makes teams permanent members of a league, rewarding mediocrity and penalizing success.

This is vastly different to most European sports leagues, which feature promotion, relegation, and little-to-no connection between organization and league. As such, franchising lacks what I consider to be one of the most important elements of any competition: fear of relegation to a lower league.

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