Soccer is a popular youth sport in America however I don't think it will
ever be a popular spectator sport contrary to what some people say.
At the college level, Soccer has already passed baseball for 3rd place in viewer
ship and attendance at games. While not the same as pro, this is where things
percolate up from. Baseball has been in a death spiral for more than a decade
and the numbers continue to drop. USA soccer over their 4 games in Brazil had
more views than many baseball teams had over an entire year.It is a
long way away from knocking off Football and Basketball.... but the battle is
just beginning for MLB and Hockey.
I am a first generation soccer fan. I love playing and watching the game. Anyone
who says the game is inherently boring to watch, does not fully understand it.
Most sports are boring to watch if you do not understand the details. My
children already love the game. Anyone who says soccer cannot grow in America,
is not well informed. Anyone who says it will pass basketball or football within
the next 30 years is also not well informed.
I've become a fan and my ancestors are all pre-revolution.
Americans can watch whatever sport they like. Do people watch what they are told
re: UtahBlueDevil"At the college level, Soccer has already
passed baseball for 3rd place in viewer ship and attendance at games."I see lacrosse on more frequently than soccer. There is much more
baseball on than lacrosse. Further, Espn has broadcast the College World Series
from Omaha (mid June) for as long as I can recall.
Americans have gotten accustomed to sports that require precision -- baseball,
basketball, football, volleyball. With all the long kicks, loose passing, and
turnovers, soccer is too hap-hazard and imprecise for most American sports
viewers.And for cryin' out loud, would you please get rid of
the off-sides rule! Change the rules to favor more offense, and you may gain
tens of millions more fans.
ThinkinYeah nothing precise about soccer. I assume you speak as
someone who has played the sport extensively? Tell you what as its not a precise
sport I give you a challenge. Go and try and do the pass that Messi gave di
Maria yesterday. I will be generous and give you 1000 goes at it.Why
not make the basketball hoop 10ft wide? Why not make the end zones three times
as big?If you have played soccer for any length of time you can see why
the offside rule is important.
Utah blue devil, you can't compare ratings to a World Cup game and mlb
regular season games. That event happens every 4 years of course it gets good
ratings. Try comparing mls ratings to baseball regular season and it is not even
close. Soccer will not pass the big 3 sports as long as the mls is about the
5th best league in soccer. It is basically a minor league feeder to the