I love football but I follow all sports in general. I can't say that I follow baseball or basketball as much as I do the NFL but I do follow them. That being said, I lost faith in baseball years ago mainly due to what the Yankees have done to the sport. The Yankees have used every MLB team as their farm team for years. It has gotten beyond laughable to watch them attempt to outbid and sign every free agent star player from the small market teams. The formula has worked for them for years as they are the clear favorites every year to win a championship. The NBA has recently tried to copy the Yankees formula beginning with the Boston Celtics "Big 3" and had immediate results. The Heat were the next in line signing Wade, James, and Bosh, who all decided to take less money in order to put together a quick championship caliber team. The Heat also had immediate success going to the finals in their first year with their big free agent signings. Now every big market team in the NBA are trying to follow the same formula and put together their own "super teams."
Salary Caps were supposed to fix the one major "flaw" in the idea of free agency.....that teams wouldn't be able to afford to put these kind of teams together. The foundation that free agency stands upon is that players will always sign with the team that offers them the most money. So what happens when a star player decides to take less money and would rather trade those extra millions for a championship? This is the dilemma that the NFL now faces. The Philadelphia Eagles organization decided to try the "dream team" strategy out this year although the results were less than expected. Free agents flocked to the Eagles and the media quickly dubbed them Super Bowl favorites almost to the point that we shouldn't even bother playing a regular season. Luckily we did.
I highly doubt the Eagles will be the last team to try and buy their way into a championship. I see that this may become a problem in the NFL in the coming years and I must admit it scares me. Star players sometimes make even more money signing endorsement deals and investing in non-sports related financial ventures than they do playing sports. Those extra millions they could make by signing with a bad or rebuilding team might not seem as important as it once was. I hope I'm wrong and it doesn't end up being like this because this strategy has seriously ruined baseball and basketball. In my opinion, the NFL is the last major sport that has the ability to go from worst to first in any given season and I would like to keep it that way.