Originally posted by hardheadOuch seg...
You know guys, as a dyed-in-the-wool NFL lover, I'm trying to "get" your sport. I am. It may be another 15 years before the world's "football" becomes a big time sport like FOOTBALL here in the states.
It's nice to hear that at least one NFL devotee is willing to give it a try, since despite the fact that nothing says you can't like both kinds of football, in the states there are Oh-so-many self righteous fans of American football. I can't really say if it's the other way around in the rest of the world, but I'd assume it is. If you're looking for an easy way to develop a level of interest, try betting on it. The English league is a good one, since it is heavily bet on ("punters"), the style of play is aggressive, and it's largely televised (and on Saturday) on Fox Soccer Channel. The season just started.
Anyway, there are a few hurdles to get over before world football becomes big in America. The thing it does have going for it is that it doesn't compete with American football or basketball as far as athlete absorption, since it doesn't really favor the large. What I'm trying to say is that the telent pool isn't being diluted much, if at all, by other sports. One thing it has going against it simply the fact that FIFA is an international organization, and politics of world football are very international. This will result in clashes with the unfortunate cowboy mentality of the American legal system. A good example is that the management is a worldwide affair, and the world says "no" to free agents.
Otherwise, a lot of kids play it, and it's pretty obvious that programs are getting a lot better, and bigger, every year.