posted on Dec, 31 2006 @ 06:17 PM
I have family in Europe and have traveled there a few times, and from what I have gathered, basketball seems to have a lukewarm to strong following
(depending on the country) and American football's following seems to have a lukewarm following at best. I would not surprised to see the NBA grow
to a level of popularity shared by rugby or cricket, but it will never be as popular as football (soccer). On the other hand, I am surprised to see
people saying that American football is very popular. American football is too much like rugby and the pace of the game is too slow due to frequent
stops in the action.
As far as European sports catching on in America, rugby is too much like football to catch on. Cricket is also too much like baseball to catch on.
Football (soccer) is slowly growing and winning fans. I would not be surprised to see soccer become one of the top 3 sports in the US in 30 years
time, but this would depend on the MLS doing well and acquiring stars, the US doing well in the World Cup, and a true American star (like Freddie Adu)
actually accomplishing something.