Originally posted by bill718 to Robbie Carrobie
It's different over here Robbie. Soccer, though very popular around the world, is looked upon in America as a "minor" sport. The NFL, NBA, and MLB are looked upon as American sports, and being a typical politican, Obama does not want to be seen as "un American" Frankly it's pretty silly to me, since American football and baseball are infer ...[text shortened]... ings, telling me I'm a turncoat, and should be deported to the U.K. (Not a bad idea actually!)
"Soccer ... is looked upon in America as a 'minor' sport."
(Is soccer considered a major sport in Canada? I believe that ice hockey
is really the only major sport in Canada!)
I don't know of any intrinsic bias against soccer in American capitalism.
If professional soccer franchises could become as lucrative as those in
professional (American) football, baseball, or basketball, I would expect the
US media to embrace soccer just as much. For Americans, money talks.
"...American football and baseball are inferior by-products of European sports"
Baseball has at least as much geographical and cultural diversity as cricket.
Baseball is played by many Latin Americans (Cubans, Dominicans, Mexicans,
etc.) and East Asians (Japanese, Koreans, Taiwanese), who have developed
their own proud baseball traditions. Cricket is played in many, though not all,
societies (Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, India, Pakistan, West Indies,
etc.) that belonged to the British Empire.
Whether American football should be considered 'inferior' to rugby is a matter of taste.
American football is a sport that reflects American corporate culture (with
its emphasis upon empire-building and acquisition) in many ways. The
quarterback may be compared to the CEO, and for a long time there was
strong prejudice against having a black starting quarterback in the NFL because
only white men were supposed to be intelligent enough for that position.
On the other hand, while the rest of the world follows Formula One in motor
sport, most Americans prefer NASCAR, even though NASCAR vehicles seem
not nearly as technically advanced as those in Formula One. I have heard
Americans boasting that the top NASCAR drivers obviously must be the best
in the world and easily capable of winning the Formula One championship if
they decided to attempt it.
With regard to soccer, I have heard an American nationalistic hypothesis to
the effect that if the most talented non-immigrant young Americans in some
other sports could be compelled to play soccer instead, the USA should be
able to dominate the World Cup. The assumption seems to be that the USA
must have significantly more athletic talent on account of its large population
and genetic diversity (a euphemism for more blacks and Latinos) than any
other country. But the USA's large population and genetic diversity have
not enabled it to come close to dominating in non-athletic fields such as chess.