I have never said I am happy with the current arrangement. In fact, quite the opposite.I didn’t even read your whole post because even after “quoting me” you completely misread the quote. So your whole post is based on a straw argument.
You need to get over the idea that I was offering a blanket criticism of all forms of capitalism. If you do that then we can have a conversation. Till then you will just be stuck in your own head.
I think capitalism, when it is working, offers the best of all possible worlds. I am a very happy capitalist.
But I also believe it can get skewed by unsavory influences and become just as oppressive for the little guy as any system. If you disagree then we will just have to agree to disagree.
Now, with regard to sports, it seems you are happy with the current arrangement. More power to you. I do not think the current arrangement offers the best of all possible worlds. Again, we can agree to disagree.
Again, I was arguing against your assertion that Marx was right that capitalism leads to lack of production because there are a few winners and many losers. There is only one interpretation of that assertion and suggesting you meant something else is nonsensical. I was also not merely defending your attack on capitalism. Rather, I was countering your inane suggestion that Marx was right about it and the implication that athletes will not be productive if there is pay disparity. There are critiques of capitalism to be made, and feel free to make them. I am not here to make absolute arguments that capitalism is perfect or without fault. But if you are going to critique capitalism, as least pick something that is not demonstrably false.
Finally, what you are describing with "unsavory influences" and "oppression of the little guy" is not capitalism. When someone tips the scales (government or other entity) in one company's favor or monopolies exist, that is not capitalism. When labor has no options and is compelled rather than voluntary, that is not capitalism Capitalism is the free exchange of goods, services, capital and labor from all parties involved where each party may seek to maximize their own benefit without interference from other outside influences.