Posted by dahsdebater on 12/4/2012 9:50:00 PM (view original):
Soccer isn't on TV as much as other sports because adults, who largely didn't grow up with it, don't like to watch it. But the vast majority of the people who play it enjoy it. More parents push their children into football and baseball than push their children into soccer. Kids play soccer because they want to. Why would parents who hate soccer so much push their children to play it? Or are the socialists somehow forcing the children to play soccer? And how, exactly, does that work? What is the machinery of this plot? How are the left-wingers forcing people to play soccer when it's the parents who sign kids up for soccer teams/leagues and pay their fees and take them to games?
Just because it doesn't get the TV coverage of the NBA, NFL, or MLB doesn't mean people don't like the sport. A lot more people like to play tennis than watch it. More people like to play golf than watch it. On the other hand, a very small subset of the population ever plays hockey in any capacity, yet the NHL gets a decent amount of airtime (less than the big 3 leagues, but a decent amount).
FWIW, this might be of interest:
So obviously some people want to watch soccer, or at least NBC is gambling on them wanting to. The average attendance at MLS games this past season was near 19,000, which is significantly better than the NHL and marginally better than the NBA. Admittedly this was over a shorter season, but MLB has the longest season of all and blows away the NBA and NHL in per-game attendance, so it's not a totally linear trend. There is certainly an impact of popularity on per-game attendance, and that tells me that people want to watch MLS soccer in the United States. And apparently NBC thinks they want to watch the really high-quality soccer coming out of England's top division as well.
Beginning in 2013-14, NBCUniversal will become the exclusive U.S. media rights holder for Barclays
EPL. According to Richard Sandomir of the New York Times
, NBC will pay the EPL $80-85 million annually and televise up to 380 games a season on NBC, the NBC Sports Network and at least two other cable networks.
Most of this is happening post infection.
In the beggining of "Night of the living Dead" very few zombies are around. Later in the movie their are many. That doesnt mean that they would have appeared if the meteor didnt hit.
There was a time in America where not only did almost no one watch soccer, but there was kind of hostility against it, at least in my area.
Then kids started playing it. I mentioned that I played it in high school in 1980. There was almost no support for it then.
It almost seems that support for the sport was backwards. People were forced to play it, and then they got interested in it.
And I want to stress that fat kids can play baseball, football, hockey and even basketball. They cannot play soccer. The player profile is far more restrictive than most sports.