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Originally posted by jrmcleod
As you'll see, i am not a US citizen, nor do i live in the US. I live in Scotland which has a strong history associated with soccer. I support a team called Glasgow Rangers FC. I do follow some MLS games but not a lot as i dont have ESPN at home. My reason for this thread is because my team, Rangers FC have recently signed 2 USA players to add to their current USA player and their 2 former USA players. The players they have signed are Alejandro Bedoya and Carlos Bocanegro. We already have Maurice Edu and previously had DaMarcus Beasley and Claudio Reyna. Ok so the histroy out of the way.
The european football format is quite complex, We have each country with its own nation Football Association, within that association they ahve their own leagues and are members of UEFA and FIFA. We have 2 primary european competitions each year, The Europa League, which is a league of european clubs that compete against each other on top of their domestic leagues to win the Europa Cup. The Europa League is the lesser of the 2 european trophies on offer. The other trophy is The Champions League. the champions leagueis basically a competition for the champions of select leagues in europe i.e. England, Scotland, Spain, Italy, Germany etc. These 2 competions attract the best players in the world and the money generated through TV revenue and sponsors etc is pretty staggering. To put it into perspective, the top 20 teams in europe generate a revenue combined between them of approximately 4 Billion Euros Per Year. The collective population of the top 4 coutries in europe that generate these 20 teams and income is about the same population as the USA. The 4 coutries are UK, Germany, Spain and Italy.
The USA currently have a good team, they have beaten the current world cup holders along with many other teams. The USA attracts "popular players past their peak", players such as David Beckham, Robbie Keane etc. I am extremely curious as to why the USA isn't pushing soccer more. If it can generate 4 Billion Euros in Europe, it could generate that in the USA, the USA could easily be the world champions. They have the population, they have the TV, they have the Economy, they have the image...
Is the USA promoting soccer more than it used too and is it working? Are people more interested in soccer than they used to be? This is a massive pot of gold for up and coming people to get their hands on...
Can anyone add anything to what is stalling the USA thoughts on soccer?
Originally posted by Skellon
I'll take a simple stab at this...
I believe it would threaten their national sports if it really took off; American Football, Baseball, Basketball and Ice Hockey.
Even though it would require players of a different skill set, I can imagine that the sponsorship of these sports are too well established.
I may be totally wrong, nice post though.
Originally posted by DAZ21
reply to post by bacci0909
It's 45min halves, its a quicker game and over faster than US sports, so attention span can't have anything to do with it.
And if you look over the past few decades, its grown a lot of support.edit on 20-8-2011 by DAZ21 because: mistake