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Ramifications of Collective Ownership

Learn about how teams must work collaboratively to ensure the success of collectively-owned leagues.


In the United States, most fast-food restaurants are individual franchises of a corporate restaurant chain. Just like in most franchise relationships, the corporate brand, or franchisor, controls all the aspects of the franchisee’s operations, such as the restaurant’s branding, menu options, and employee procedures.

In professional sports leagues, such as the NFL or NHL, every team in the league is also typically characterized as a franchise. However, unlike fast-food franchises, the ...