This chapter takes a look at the country's seeming obsession with competitive balance. The discussion situates the preoccupation with competitive balance within the sociopolitical value of equal opportunity and further examines data that is inconsistent with the usual wisdom that states that competitive balance is the important and main factor in the success of sports leagues. This thinking can be seen in official documents (e.g. the Major League Baseball Constitution). This chapter also discusses how the twin reforms mentioned in the previous chapter can help increase the probability that participating clubs would achieve an “appeal-maximizing” level of outcome uncertainty.
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