A couple of thoughts I had:
I know NASCAR gets bigger ratings but I don't really include it as a sport. And no, I don't want to get into a debate but I consider any kind of auto racing something different but, yes, it is wildly popular.
The growth of soccer has been slow and steady for quite a while now and it's not realistic to expect it to jump to the forefront within 10, 20, even 30 years. But, I do know that you used to not be able to see any of the Champion's League games and now you can see almost all of the knockout round games on basic cable in a lot of places and the highlights actually make Sportscenter. 15 years ago we didn't even have a professional league here and now there's one that seems fairly stable (certainly more stable than they had in the 70's) with a decent television package. It used to be tough to find most of the World Cup games and now they are drawing the best ratings they ever have here in the US while ratings for the NBA, NHL, and MLB seem to approach or set a new record low every year.
I think the presence of Fox Soccer and other channels will help grow the sport as the diehards can bring in others that find they might actually enjoy the Premier League, etc. I honestly don't expect it to ever get as much coverage as football, basketball, or baseball but I do think it will get an ever larger piece of the pie, especially as sports viewing in general fragments into more specialized interests.
[QUOTE=EggMcClone;147682] It used to be tough to find most of the World Cup games and now they are drawing the best ratings they ever have here in the US while ratings for the NBA, NHL, and MLB seem to approach or set a new record low every year.[QUOTE]
The actual ratings for baseball are better than ever, it just depends on how you look at them... 10-20 years ago there were very few games televised, pretty much a Satuday and Sunday game of the week... Now every single game is available, if you add all those up the ratings are pretty impressive... Add to that the fact that baseball has had record attendance at every level (MLB, MiLB, Independent Leagues, College, College Summer Leagues) and you will see that baseball certainly isn't going anywhere...
I was more referring to the World Series where the five lowest rated are from the last seven years.
Again, I don't really expect baseball to go anywhere but I don't think it holds the same place it once did in this country.
It's really not all that stable. Prior to his death, Lamar Hunt really wanted to get out of the MLS. They flat out aren't making any money and the league is losing millions each year. Last I heard it was 350 million total.Quote:
15 years ago we didn't even have a professional league here and now there's one that seems fairly stable (certainly more stable than they had in the 70's) with a decent television package.
Yeah, when I was eight, a group of soccer stars broke into my house and took all my toys. Actually, if soccer was that great, they wouldn't have to hammer into our heads how "the rest of the world loves it". Sorry, rest of the world. I don't, and telling me I should just p*sses me off more. It's kind of like watching a hockey game where the men lose all their testosterone and start crying like little girls instead of fighting, and the rink is about two miles by two miles, making the mere sighting of a goalie on tv a rare sight indeed. I can understand why soccer fans go off when they score a goal, because some of the younger ones may not have lived long enough to see that happen.
In his defense, soccer does seem like one of those sports that lends itself to being shoved down our throats, and those of us that choose not to participate are often told that we just don't understand it or we'd love it.