What's the evidence of that drastic landscape alteration, at this point? It doesn't seem apparent in playoff results so far...
You more than most are familiar with what I regard as the main events which are drastically changing the competitive landscape, because you're a student of the game.
The things I think are profoundly changing the landscape mostly relate to two things. The first is the ongoing and desperate efforts by the industry to create some sort of competitive and financial parity. Examples include revenue-sharing, penalties, taxes and imposed limits on spending such as bonus pools, industry lobbying for public assistance in building stadiums, etc. This struggle has been going on for three decades now.
The second is the widespread information now available and the explosion of observation technologies and opportunities. No future superstar is a surprise these days. Think of all the changes that turned Terry Ryan into a dinosaur and converted guys like Shapiro into front office superstars.
The playing field has been leveled when it comes to the evaluation of new talent and its acquisition. No one's kicking anyone else's butts in the draft room these days, and, since the IFA cheating was stopped, no one is outspending to gain an advantage. Even the new observation technologies are pretty much a requirement now. That's why guys like Falvey are so focused on trying to gain some sort of edge in coaching and development areas like nutrition, preventive health, and injury prevention.
I may be wrong, but my intuition is that things are slowly circling around to where teams that are opportunistic, active, and adroit traders will create an advantage for themselves. You either do that, or you tank for awhile to take advantage of those past parity initiatives such as draft order and larger bonus allottments.
Edited by birdwatcher, 01 November 2019 - 09:07 PM.