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Old 05-31-2012, 07:06 PM
 
Location: The "Rock"
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I'd rather watch two great non-Americans play rather than watch two mediocre Americans play just because they're Americans. I watch Olympic/world soccer competitions even if there are no Americans because I want to watch greatness.
Well said and great post... I agree totally. I don't watch a lot of tennis but when Nadal, Federer, and DJokovic (sp?) are playing I do.
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Old 05-31-2012, 07:13 PM
 
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Here in Atlanta tennis is VERY popular, especially leagues. The sad thing in our neighborhood is that the "senior" league starts at age 45. EEK!
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Old 06-01-2012, 07:34 AM
 
Location: Tampa, FL
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You must admit it's much more polite than many other sports. Being a "gentleman/lady" is very important in tennis.
Wasn't it recently (1-2 yrs ago) that Serena said, "I'm going to kill you" to a judge/ref?
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Old 06-04-2012, 01:32 PM
 
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Football
Baseball & Softball
Basketball
Auto Racing (Any type)
Soccer
Golf
Hockey
Track & Field
Tennis
Volleyball
Lacrosse
Cycling
Skiing
In what universe soccer, golf and racing are more popular than ice-hockey?
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Old 06-04-2012, 02:32 PM
 
Location: The "Rock"
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In what universe soccer, golf and racing are more popular than ice-hockey?


Ice Hockey cant even get on network TV... much less cable. I see NASCAR and the Indy always on. Not to mention obscure racing comes on the ESPN channels.

As for Golf... It's ALWAYS on network tv.

And Soccer is just a no-brainer...

maybe you should turn on a tv and get out of whatever cold-weather state you live in... you cant even play ice-hockey all across the country... how the hell is it going to ever be more than just a regionally popular sport.
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Old 06-04-2012, 11:23 PM
 
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Ice Hockey cant even get on network TV... much less cable.
Sounds like you're the one who haven't turned on the tv in a while. If you would've switched to NBC today some time around 7:00 PM CST, you would be surprised. Not to mention that NHL Network and NBC Sports are being offered by all major cable providers with the most basic packages.

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And Soccer is just a no-brainer...
lol seriously??? No, I realize that there's a lot more kids playing soccer in the US than hockey, but can you honestly say that MLS is a bigger league than the NHL? I mean in terms of tv ratings, player salaries, overall popularity, etc.
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Old 06-04-2012, 11:33 PM
 
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Sounds like you're the one who haven't turned on the tv in a while. If you would've switched to NBC today some time around 7:00 PM CST, you would be surprised. Not to mention that NHL Network and NBC Sports are being offered by all major cable providers with the most basic packages.


lol seriously??? No, I realize that there's a lot more kids playing soccer in the US than hockey, but can you honestly say that MLS is a bigger league than the NHL? I mean in terms of tv ratings, player salaries, overall popularity, etc.
Are you really comparing the Stanley cup to almost every major golf tourney? Or to every nascar race?

The Stanley cup is ONLY hockey that comes on tv... do some research on the hockey and see the dismal interest and ratings.
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Old 06-05-2012, 03:44 PM
 
Location: Texas State Fair
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Well said and great post... I agree totally. I don't watch a lot of tennis but when Nadal, Federer, and DJokovic (sp?) are playing I do.
I've been getting up early just to catch the live action this week from Paris. And I-AM-SO-SORRY I bailed on Djokovic when the lost the AD in the 4th set that gave the Tsonga the chance to win the set. I mean, I'm a complete fool for Djokovic but I had some home repairs to tend to so switched to 24 hours news and let it go. I've been a fan of his since his early days when he just couldn't make it happen... and now he's nearly untouchable.

So I got done with chores, cleaned up and settled down. Then check the Roland Garros website and YES YES YES... So I'm watching the instant reply now. I'm gonna love it when this crowd gets shut down.

NOLE ! ! !

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Old 06-05-2012, 04:11 PM
 
Location: Crooklyn, New York
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I don't think it's NOT popular. It's not as popular as other sports for the following reasons:

1. It's not cheap.

2. It's not a US-centric sport.

3. It's not as "action packed" as football or basketball.
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Old 06-05-2012, 05:15 PM
 
Location: Crooklyn, New York
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There are public tennis courts.

Tennis rackets and tennis balls are all you need and the last time I check, you can buy them pretty cheaply (not high quality professional ones) at Target or Wal-Mart.
Yeah, but you can't play with a Wal-Mart racquet and dead balls forever. That's like playing miniature golf at your local fun park and expecting to become the next Tiger Woods. Once you start playing in the junior ranks, you're going to need better equipment. Period. And re-stringings are costly, and in competition, you will need to have at least two back ups and get those re-strung periodically.

Contrast that with basketball and football where school districts often provide everything the players need. At most schools, kids don't have to go to the local sporting goods store and buy pads, a helmet, jock strap, ball, etc.

If you're a super talented, but poor, 12-year old basketball player by the name of say, Lebron James, somebody's going to buy your shoes, put you in camps, pay for plane tickets, etc. That rarely ever happens in tennis. Tennis players usually come from affluent families (i.e., Boris Becker, Federer, Nadal, Graf), and when their families are not affluent, they've usually made a tremendous financial and social sacrifice for the children (Djokovic, Sharapova).

*The Williams sisters are a notable exception to what I stated above. However, Reebok's early endorsement of the Williams sisters was due in large part to Richard Williams' promotion. In basketball and football, nobody has to promote you. Phil Knight, Rick Patino, and Coach K will find their way to you. If you don't believe me, just watch "Hoop Dreams."

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