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Old 07-31-2016, 12:41 PM
 
Location: Bella Vista, Ark
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I think some of us are looking at the word "popular" in different. If we are actually talking about popularity as what sport we watch the most: of course football is number 1. Nothing more boring than watching an entire baseball game on TV. You can't really see what is going on. With basketball it can be boring because the game can change up til the last 5 minutes: it makes no difference who is a ahead or by how much, plus it is nothing more than a bunch or guys or gals running back and forth.
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Old 07-31-2016, 12:46 PM
 
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I agree but ain't soccer making a rapid rise in USA?
For the most part places that don't have all major sports teams, soccer is blossoming. Portland, Seattle, LA (underserved for its size), Kansas City etc. Meanwhile places like Boston, Detroit, Chicago, Philly, soccer (MLS) is a distant 5th, if they even have a team. In my experience the Revolution and Cannons (MLL) are closer to each other than the Revolution are to the Bruins or Celtics.
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Old 07-31-2016, 12:49 PM
 
Location: South Jersey
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It probably seems that way in the UK because American soccer is the most popular American sport in the UK ie we know about the Seattle Sounders a lot more than an equivalent NFL or baseball team, we can name American soccer players but don't now any NFL or baseball players. Its probable that football (soccer) is not so big 'over there'.
Wow, lol, if so, you guys probably know more about American soccer teams & players than most Americans.
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Old 07-31-2016, 12:52 PM
 
Location: South Jersey
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That might be because you are an American? It is funny how American soccer players are probably far more well known in the UK than they are in America whereas a top NFL player could walk the streets of the UK without anybody having any idea who they are, I think that just goes to show just how different the sporting scenes are each side of the pond. Currently the US sporting national I have interest in is Matt Miazga, he has recently signed for my club and I hope he fulfils his potential and becomes one of our best players.
Quite true.
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Old 08-01-2016, 08:44 AM
 
Location: Elysium
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It is four quarters of 15 min each, but lots of stoppages in between. In fact there is only several minutes of actual physical exertion. If you play at a large HS, then you only play one side meaning offense or defense and not both. So that cuts it down even more.
So give or take about a 3 hours broadcasting block. It is the stoppages which is the key for the TV show. Every fan knows when to relax and when to pay attention. And the advertising which is paying for all the content are able to sell without blocking the action.

It comes down to the equivalent of heats and sprinters going to the blocks putting on one type of show while a marathon is a different show
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Old 08-01-2016, 09:49 PM
 
Location: Currently living in Reddit
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I think some of us are looking at the word "popular" in different. If we are actually talking about popularity as what sport we watch the most: of course football is number 1. Nothing more boring than watching an entire baseball game on TV. You can't really see what is going on. With basketball it can be boring because the game can change up til the last 5 minutes: it makes no difference who is a ahead or by how much, plus it is nothing more than a bunch or guys or gals running back and forth.
I find football incredibly dull.

I gave up on the NFL a few years ago. I will watch rugby though. Non-stop action, no announcers that need to constantly hear themselves, no silly dances over meaningless accomplishments, no protective gear so that you can injure someone without hurting yourself, and better sportsmanship.

American football can suck it. That it's the most popular sport means less in a day an age when Trump is judged by half the population to be a legitimate presidential candidate (Hilliar sucks too, but at least she's qualified). America has simply become stupider each and every year for a couple of decades. The continually increasing number of hours of media time devoted to football helps to prove that point.
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Old 08-03-2016, 05:49 PM
 
Location: 🇬🇧 In jolly old London! 🇬🇧
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Thank you all for the answers on this thread, very kind of you

I hope to live in the US for an extended time one day but I would take an interest in the big 3 ( if I can work out the rules ) in the hope of finding one I like .

I remember I watched an England football match against Greece in Florida ( 2001 when beckham scored a last minute free kick that got us to the 2002 World Cup ) and was in a pub...... The American fans there ( usually the ladies with their English SOs ) where terrific and made more noise than us! ........ I could only dream of the atmosphere watching an nfl game in a sports bar
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Old 08-07-2016, 06:56 AM
 
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I hated playing (American) football. I LOVED playing European football (soccer) - that was so fun.


So many fat pigs in America that love football - I'd say football (American football) is the most popular, followed by basketball - "America's sport" baseball is a very close third for viewership.
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Old 08-07-2016, 06:58 AM
 
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For most athletic I'd say it's a three way tie between NBA players, NHL players and European football players...


Ironic that you don't see any fat pigs on European football (soccer) fields whereas you see plenty of obese pigs on NFL fields (linemen)...


I've always said had I been born 6'-8" I would EASILY have been an offensive lineman in the NFL, I am sure of it.
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Old 08-07-2016, 07:01 AM
 
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I find football incredibly dull.

I gave up on the NFL a few years ago.
American football is a joke - I read someones post on the amount of commercials they timed during an actual televised NFL game and the amount of commercials to actual TV time of action of the game was staggering...


I recall it as there was only like 20 minutes total of actual televised football game and the rest was all TV commercials for a 3:00-4:00 hr game.


I will watch my Vikings (and my new favorite team, the Patriots and Tom Brady) but begrudgingly. The commercials make me sick .


Part of the reason I like soccer so much...there are NO COMMERCIALS!
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