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Old 06-25-2012, 07:45 AM
 
Location: Crooklyn, New York
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I like these pics too.

The Phillippines. Even Pacquaio is a basketball addict.


http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2792/...7ba3b0c8_o.jpg

Congo


http://images.travelpod.com/users/bf...ball-court.jpg

Australia


http://images.theage.com.au/2009/11/...fton-420x0.jpg

Saudi Arabia


http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-tenWl6FK8u...h-Unit-006.jpg

England


http://farm4.staticflickr.com/3570/3...974_z.jpg?zz=1

New York City


http://www.nytimes.com/2008/08/21/sp...cs/21play.html
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Old 06-26-2012, 06:14 AM
 
Location: Manila
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Being someone from what's arguably the world's most basketball obsessed nation (the Philippines), I wouldn't deny that basketball has been gaining plenty of inroads in the world stage, and I would safely say it's number two worldwide now (but I will bet that cricket and rugby people will disagree with that).

However to say it will overtake soccer/football as number 1 globally is still a stretch. It may or may not happen but I will bet it's definitely not gonna be during our lifetime. Right now soccer/football is so far above everything else in the world stage these days that the FIFA World Cup is far more popular than the Summer Olympics in much of the world (despite the fact that most countries wouldn't be able to compete in the FIFA World Cup tournament proper). All you need to do is go to Google Trends compare the words "FIFA" and "Olympics" for each country, and the former will trump the latter nearly everywhere save the USA, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, the Philippines, and some small Caribbean nations when it comes to search volume. You can't say the same thing about any other sport, and FIBA will never dare hold their World Championships the exact same time FIFA hold theirs.

And regarding people playing as a sign of popularity, I know more people play basketball than American football in the USA but it's by no means more popular than the latter there (save maybe in Los Angeles where the Lakers reign supreme). And I will bet that many kids who play basketball in Latin America, Africa, Europe, and much of Asia will find the notion of basketball overtaking soccer/football number one worldwide as laughable still. I also went to a school (an international school at that) where people played basketball too in PE class or after school for fun, but I know plenty who would rather watch other sports than basketball. I'm sure the same can be observed in quite a number of these basketball-playing kids in those photos as well (save the ones in the Philippines, perhaps)...

Until an international basketball tournament like FIBA's World Championship or Olympic Basketball can accomplish all (or at least a majority) of the following that international soccer tournaments like the World Cup can do and have already done on a global scale: a) start wars, b) stop wars (albeit even temporarily), c) cause hundreds of millions worldwide to totally alter their routines to accommodate their game watching - even if their teams are not in it and the games are during work hours or in a very ungodly hour of the night, d) shut down schools, banks, offices, and whole cities and countries when their country is involved, e) reduce the amount of terrorist incidents taking place (I know I read about US soldiers in Iraq wishing that there was a World Cup every year for that reason alone. Plus not to mention the World Cup has never had a direct terrorist attack to my knowledge while the Summer Olympics already got two to its name), f) force Hollywood to alter their movie release dates in much of the world during the World Cup tournament month to avoid facing massive financial losses, g) people risking life and limb just to watch the tournament (like was the case in Somalia when the Islamists ruled a large chunk of it and "banned" it), h) spark riots because of a game's outcome, i) make the UN green with envy, like in the words of Kofi Annan when describing the World Cup... and so and so forth, I cannot take the notion that "Basketball is Taking Over the World" seriously...

These are my two cents. Thanks.

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