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RE: Why was distance running so popular in the 70s (or 80s)? Was it more popular than football?
i think it was up there in terms of recreational popularity, but the only running you ever saw in the olympics.
there wasnt so much tv coverage back then, so it was a totally different story. i think baseball was bigger back then with the powerhouse cincinatti reds, oakland athletics, and pittsburgh pirates.
i think football became much more popular in the 80's when you have guys like dan marino, jerry rice, and others who became icons.
i think that basketball owned the late 80's and early 90's with the Jordan era and the dream team.
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