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Slotsve, George A.

Legacy Department

Department of Economics


How is it that certain teams, like the Dallas Cowboys and the San Francisco 49ers can dominate football year after year while some other teams, such as the Seattle Seahawks and the Arizona Cardinals, seem to stay at the bottom of their divisions? Or how come some teams can lose key free agents year after year, such as the Pittsburgh Steelers, and remain competitive while other teams spend their money obtaining the services of the other clubs best players and have little to show for their investments? Has free agency affected the whole league, or has it really only hurt a few teams while others have gotten by with little damage? These questions can often be answered by the quality of the personnel at the head of an organization. Of the restraints placed on the braintrusts of the teams, the salary cap seems to be the main obstacle to sustained success.


Includes bibliographical references.


19 pages




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