Americans expect their opinions to matter. They vote, protest, and clamor for reform on every topic imaginable, all tied to a larger shared experience with democracy. As the world’s most prominent democracy, and the product of the first successful democratic revolution, the United States provides a key example of how participatory government changes its population. Over the years, Americans have questioned their government like no other people on earth, which is kind of the point of the institution of democracy to begin with.
But, the problem with democratic politics is that when you extend the democratic impulse to sports, you begin reading into sports something that isn’t there. Pro sports are not, nor have they ever been, democratic. And yet, Americans still seem convinced that their voices can change how sports leagues operate. This is a trend that misleads legions of fans, causing a misunderstanding of the role of pro sports in daily life