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Goldenballs
Will soccer ever become the most popular sport in America? 12/6/2012 1:26AM Reply | Return to Index | Report Post
Given that it is probably the most widely played sport around the world. Will we ever see the day where it surpasses football, baseball and basketball as our number one sport in terms of viewing and participation? We can't argue its gradual increase in popularity and the foreigners seem to absolutely love it.

Also, why do you think most other countries think our sports suck? I couldn't name another country besides Canada which take any of our sports seriously. Why do you think this is?
Runaround Sue
RE: Will soccer ever become the most popular sport in America? 12/6/2012 1:56AM - in reply to Goldenballs Reply | Return to Index | Report Post
No. Running around for an hour trying to kick a ball through a goal is meaningless. You could get the same workout running alone. Basketball,Football and Baseball are easily more enjoyable to watch. Soccer although a hard sport to become good at will never become what the people want to see the most.
Del Piero
RE: Will soccer ever become the most popular sport in America? 12/6/2012 2:26AM - in reply to Goldenballs Reply | Return to Index | Report Post
The sport, among youths, I would say a very good chance. It might already be, but I don't have the stats. I see a growing Hispanic culture and the head trauma being associated with football will turn away more parents, contributing in the future.

http://soccernet.espn.go.com/blog/_/name/relegationzone/id/262?cc=5901

As for viewership, I doubt it. The only way I see it happening is the NFL coverage gets so sickening in the future(it's bad now) that people avoid it, but I highly doubt it. EPL, Euros and WC are doing decent with growing viewership, but the MLS is still awful. The ratings for the championship last week were abysmal.

The question about other countries taking our sports seriously is pretty dumb. Almost 30% of MLB is foreign. Hockey is big in Scandinavia/Russia(4 of the last 5 Hart winners were Euros), and basketball is played all over Europe. Spain, Italy, and the Balkans more specifically.
aberrance
RE: Will soccer ever become the most popular sport in America? 12/6/2012 2:27AM - in reply to Goldenballs Reply | Return to Index | Report Post
With the inevitable change in the demography of the country, soccer (MLS + Premier League combined) will be ahead of the NBA, MLB, and the NHL, but the NFL will still reign supreme, not least because of the many commercial breaks that allow it to pull in big revenue and thus ensure prime time air on the major networks. Soccer has no stoppage of play and while this is great for spectators, it's not so great for bringing in cash money.

Still, NBC is paying $100 million a year to broadcast English Premier League games here. Keep in mind many of these games air before noon. NBC pays the NHL $200 million a year for broadcast rights, and that's a domestic league with a season twice as long and playoffs too. MLS is coming along, but it's a long way away from being the quality of the top European leagues. Personally, I watch the Premier League/Champions League religiously but rarely watch the MLS, and the domestic league's pittance of a tv deal suggests I'm not unique in this respect.

That said, MLS is growing and has done a great job from a business perspective. If the quality of the league improves (and that means bringing in promising young foreign players, not big names looking for an easy paycheck before retirement), then I will happily convert my fandom.
Strom jr.
RE: Will soccer ever become the most popular sport in America? 12/6/2012 2:32AM - in reply to Goldenballs Reply | Return to Index | Report Post
would that soccer might become THE major sport in america...

as somebody who's been reading sporting pages from major american media outlets for decades, i can tell you-- soccer, like track, is utterly and forever a secondary sport

all of those soccer moms and all of those enthusiastic HS XC runners not-withstanding, the money isn't there, and the media does not give either soccer nor track attention...

bottom line--it will not happen in your lifetime, so just forget about it

if you love soccer, best advice is to become a Euro-phile
aberrance
RE: Will soccer ever become the most popular sport in America? 12/6/2012 2:35AM - in reply to Del Piero Reply | Return to Index | Report Post

Del Piero wrote:

the head trauma being associated with football will turn away more parents



This is a very interesting point to consider. If CTE turns out to be the real deal we might see a rapid demise of football. Insurance would skyrocket and high schools would cut programs, funneling kids into other sports. Assuming years of smashing a ball with one's head doesn't cause similar issues, soccer could be in for a windfall of talented high school athletes looking for a fall sport to play.
aberrance
RE: Will soccer ever become the most popular sport in America? 12/6/2012 2:40AM - in reply to Strom jr. Reply | Return to Index | Report Post

Strom jr. wrote:

would that soccer might become THE major sport in america...

as somebody who's been reading sporting pages from major american media outlets for decades, i can tell you-- soccer, like track, is utterly and forever a secondary sport




The difference is soccer is the biggest sport in the rest of the world, while track/athletics is a secondary sport everywhere. Soccer obviously has much broader appeal, and I think you will be surprised at how big it will become in the US in the next twenty years.
Doclove
RE: Will soccer ever become the most popular sport in America? 12/6/2012 3:03AM - in reply to Runaround Sue Reply | Return to Index | Report Post

Runaround Sue wrote:

No. Running around for an hour trying to kick a ball through a goal is meaningless. You could get the same workout running alone. Basketball,Football and Baseball are easily more enjoyable to watch. Soccer although a hard sport to become good at will never become what the people want to see the most.


It is everywhere else

Its an hour and a half by the way and all sports are meaningless
Bad Wigins
RE: Will soccer ever become the most popular sport in America? 12/6/2012 3:26AM - in reply to Goldenballs Reply | Return to Index | Report Post
Soccer fans go to games to yell and be part of a crowd.

In much of the world, there are no other popular stadium sports, so soccer is most popular by default.

But not everywhere. In a lot of Spanish-speaking countries and Japan, beisbol is #1. England and much of its former empire like cricket, especially since they're much better at cricket than soccer.

Australians, Canadians and Americans all have their own form of football as the default stadium game.

It doesn't matter what the sport is, whatever is played in a stadium now will be the stadium sport in the future. Soccer has no chance of making inroads in America which has two major stadium sports. Elliptical football and baseball own the western hemisphere and that's that. Except cricket in the caribbean.

Soccer has also tried and failed to become an American arena sport, along with lacrosse, football, and many others. If it's not basketball or hockey, forget it.
mako
RE: Will soccer ever become the most popular sport in America? 12/6/2012 3:51AM - in reply to Del Piero Reply | Return to Index | Report Post

Del Piero wrote:

The question about other countries taking our sports seriously is pretty dumb. Almost 30% of MLB is foreign. Hockey is big in Scandinavia/Russia(4 of the last 5 Hart winners were Euros), and basketball is played all over Europe. Spain, Italy, and the Balkans more specifically.


Nobody knows anything about American "football" in Europe, nobody.
Also, I am from a country (neither Scandinavia, nor Russia) that won the most gold medals in hockey world championships in the last 20 years (and in years before, 1960-1992 won a medal always but three-times) and hockey is still a secondary sport. Soccer is the number one.
thatswhatgonnahappen
RE: Will soccer ever become the most popular sport in America? 12/6/2012 4:36AM - in reply to mako Reply | Return to Index | Report Post
The Latino population is rising while the number of Whites dwindle.

Soccer and socialism will win.
kick ball...
RE: Will soccer ever become the most popular sport in America? 12/6/2012 5:41AM - in reply to thatswhatgonnahappen Reply | Return to Index | Report Post
We have been hearing for twenty years how soccer will take over and it is almost completely irrelevant still. I see no chance that such a boring, low scoring game will ever be widely popular in this country.

I think Lax, which is a game that attracts more a**holes than a port-a-john at a county fair, will surpass it, because of all the scoring and contact.
crazy person
RE: Will soccer ever become the most popular sport in America? 12/6/2012 6:19AM - in reply to kick ball... Reply | Return to Index | Report Post
No. Americans do not have the attention span to watch a soccer match. We need little breaks in between all the plays because we are easily distracted.

Unless Latinos start to outnumber white people. Then it might be the most popular.
RickD
RE: Will soccer ever become the most popular sport in America? 12/6/2012 6:27AM - in reply to kick ball... Reply | Return to Index | Report Post
50 years ago we were told that soccer would become the most popular sport and that we would all be using the metric system......still waiting!
redux
RE: Will soccer ever become the most popular sport in America? 12/6/2012 7:02AM - in reply to RickD Reply | Return to Index | Report Post
Soccer is popular where little people are the majority of the population.

Football, basketball, and baseball are popular where large people are the majority of the population.

I'll let you interpret what I mean by "little" and "large".
mako
RE: Will soccer ever become the most popular sport in America? 12/6/2012 7:04AM - in reply to RickD Reply | Return to Index | Report Post

RickD wrote:

50 years ago we were told that soccer would become the most popular sport and that we would all be using the metric system......still waiting!


you don't have to make soccer the most popular sport but switching to the metric system is really something you should consider
Nutella1
RE: Will soccer ever become the most popular sport in America? 12/6/2012 7:08AM - in reply to Goldenballs Reply | Return to Index | Report Post
Once American Football is banned from HS and College (probably less 20 years from now) because of concussions, soccer has a chance. Then again, risk of concussions is rising in soccer, too.
Racehorse
RE: Will soccer ever become the most popular sport in America? 12/6/2012 8:33AM - in reply to Goldenballs Reply | Return to Index | Report Post

Goldenballs wrote:

Given that it is probably the most widely played sport around the world. Will we ever see the day where it surpasses football, baseball and basketball as our number one sport in terms of viewing and participation? We can't argue its gradual increase in popularity and the foreigners seem to absolutely love it.

Also, why do you think most other countries think our sports suck? I couldn't name another country besides Canada which take any of our sports seriously. Why do you think this is?


Basketball seems to be taking hold in many civilized countries. Track and Field is a very serious sport worldwide. Baseball has a huge following in the Western Hemisphere.

American Football is the only sport of ours that has not taken off in other countries, but they have Rugby, Australian Rules Football, etc instead. With the push to show NFL games in England, I think it could see growth in Europe in the next decade or so.

Soccer is not going to supplant football or basketball. If it is hurting any american sport, it would be baseball, which is also played outdoors in the warmer seasons.
Trying to deal
RE: Will soccer ever become the most popular sport in America? 12/6/2012 8:36AM - in reply to Goldenballs Reply | Return to Index | Report Post
We can only hope not. I love playing soccer, very enjoyable, but watching it? Kill me.
Carnivore 69
RE: Will soccer ever become the most popular sport in America? 12/6/2012 9:22AM - in reply to Goldenballs Reply | Return to Index | Report Post
In 1979, we were told that soccer would be the number one sport in the country in 10-15 years. That was in the middle of the soccer craze. Now it is 33 years later and it isn't any more popular now than it was then. More kids are playing it for sure, but it is far behind the major sports and even far behind hockey in terms of viewership. Soccer is the sport that moms put their kids in to try to get them to be athletic, then the kids bail on it a couple of years later.

Give it 100 years and MAYBE it is possible.
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