As fans of the NFL anxiously await the end of the lockout and the new signing of a Collective Bargaining Agreement, Packers fans must be aware of the terms of the new CBA. The Packers, and all Midwest teams, need a salary cap in order to succeed. Without a salary cap, Midwest sports teams become nothing more than weak, easy targets for other teams to beat every time.
One merely must look to other sports to see the truth in this statement.
In MLB, it seems the Red Sox and Yankees are always winning. The Phillies are another top team. In fact, in the 15 World Series since and including 1996, 13 of the winners are from a state either bordering an ocean or one state away.
Teams near the major sports markets (LA, New York, Boston, Orlando/Miami, and Dallas) are the ones to benefit. What a coincidence that at least one of those cities has been in the NBA Finals in five of the last six years. If the Dallas market is expanded to San Antonio, then those markets have participated in each of the last 13 NBA Finals.
Look at the state of Minnesota. It obviously lies in the Midwest. Its sports teams are terrible to say the least. The Timber Wolves, Vikings, Wild, and Twins all are sub-par. The last championship title earned between these teams was 1991 by the Twins. The Twins also won in 1987. None of those teams ever won a championship before then, but the Minneapolis Lakers (then in Minneapolis, but now the LA Lakers) won it every year from 1948 to 1954 except 1951.
Granted, the NBA has some sort of a salary cap, but the point is that teams outside of a major market suffer without one. The Packers need one in order to survive as an elite football team. Without it, the Lombardi Trophy may very well never return home.