Maybe it was a slow day in sports? Hell, they've had things in the top 10 plays that barely qualified as sport.
They just dropped a pooload of money into Premier League and La Liga rights, actually.
What about soccer though? You have your league games, then you have a couple different cups...then you have the champions league and if you bounce out of that, you go into the uefa cup (don't think they do that anymore). There are a ton of soccer games. Not 200 f**cking games but then again, they're very different sports and the pace of the game dictates the amount of games played.
Different competitions. If baseball had a Champions League, that'd be different. Of course, MLB teams don't see a good reason (read: afraid of what might happen if they lose) to play the Japanese champion, despite the Japanese champion issuing a challenge more than once. In fact, Bobby Valentine tried to get the White Sox to play his Chiba team, they didn't even give him an answer.
We suck at soccer because no one cares about it...and the small percentage that do, can't generate a team of players that can compete on an international level.
Soccer has more players than baseball, actually. Does that mean no one cares about baseball? I just hope you aren't equating domestic league TV ratings and stadium attendance to success internationally.
Nobody watches the Brazilian league, not even Brazilians unless it's a derby match. Hundreds of millions of people watch the Premier League and La Liga yet between them England and Spain have mustered one World Cup title. One. Brazil has five. Spain has never even reached a World Cup final, England did once -- when they won it in 1966.
TV ratings for soccer have nothing to do with our lack of international success at it. We're wildly successful at men's volleyball -- to the tune of three Olympic titles and a bronze, do you know any one with season tickets to it?
Edited by Bobby, 31 October 2009 - 02:26 PM.