buffalobillsrul2002 wrote:The NFL's "excitement" (which is predominantly what draws people) has very little to do with salary cap. It has to do with perceived parity, driven mostly by small sample size. The cheapo teams in the NFL still spend less on practice facilities, scouts, etc. than the top tier teams do (at all curious why the Raiders, Bengals, and Bills have struggled this decade?). If baseball went to a 16-game season, it would be a heck of a lot more exciting and competitive too (oh wait, baseball already has that, it's called the playoffs. Unfortunately only 1/4 of the teams are involved...)
The NFL is COMPLETELY different from MLB. You cannot accurately say that a NFL season is a small sample size, which in turn creates "fake parity". The NFL is a VERY different beast from MLB. The NFL places FAR more emphasis on in-game strategy, preparation, drafting, and scouting. You cannot compare the affect that an NFL coach has on the game versus an MLB skipper. Football is physically demanding too, so it would be tougher to have more games.
The reason why the Raiders, Bengals, and Bills have struggled this decade are all due to various reasons. The Raiders have had crappy draft, after crappy draft, etc. They make dumb moves too (see 2 1st round draft picks for Carson Palmer- a stop gap). They never had any talent aside from their secondary. The Bengals were competitive for a time, then Palmer got hurt and COMPLETELY changed the dynamic of that team. Now, the Bengals are looking better, especially in the tough AFC North. And with that Palmer deal, could become a very good team in 1-2 years. The Bills have the bad luck of being stuck in a division with the Pats and Jets. Plus they don't draft well.