Engineered regulated control systems which maintain a goal of making the leagues competitive and therefore usually more interesting such as the Luxury Tax and Salary Cap, Draft Order / Lottery Chances, Trading Rules/Limits, Free Signing Agent Rules/Limits, etc. Now, imagine for a moment it is 1901 in MLB or 1949 in the NBA. A man, lets call him Rondald Dump, happens to own both the New York Yankees and the Minneapolis/Los Angeles Lakers, 2 of the biggest, most glamorous markets by far in each of the leagues. Ronald hijacks a political party strong enough to stave off each the leagues “financial socialism” so that there are no rules/regulations listed above or anything even remotely close to it. In fact, any rule or regulation that the league already has in place and enhances league competitiveness, Ronald and gang immediately deregulate/undo those rules/regulations. Anytime a rule is shot down by members of any of the other 29 teams or their fans, he gets his Cult Minions to “Stand Back, Stand By” and therefore none of these rules ever gain serious traction. Ronald and gang have strong motivation to do this because in their minds, they earned the money, not the market nor the league that gives them teams or in this case, Jabronis to play and beat up. They earned this money not due to the shear high population numbers and (“fake”) media advantages they get, no sir/ma’am, they earn it because they are “GREAT!”
In the above scenario, how many championships would the Lakers and the Yankees have by now? Assuming the leagues survive the lack of competitiveness with 2 of the biggest markets having by far the most to spend on the best players available. The Lakers and Yankees can Stack the Deck anytime they want. Ronald Dump in this scenario passes his reign of power onto his son, lets call him Derrick Dump and so on to Derrick Dump Junior, etc. So the dynasty of these teams will never end. If one assumes each would win about 90% of the championships in that time frame, that would be about 108 Championships for the Yankees and 64 championships for the Lakers and slim pickings for the other 29 teams in the leagues.
Fans who like the fact that each sport league emphatically denounces financial socialism but do not live in LA or NY would have motivation to move there so they could go to more games in person and watch their team kick butt or switch fan allegiances because they are sick of backing a Jabroni.… Except, these very same fans would find themselves in a catch-22. They would find themselves in today’s world were the majority of Californians and New Yorkers would not necessarily denounce financial socialism in the real world/government.
Feel free to add to this historic political science fiction sports story, tweak it to your point of view, or whatever.