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Kareem Abdul-Jabbar: The NBA, and not the NFL, is the league of America's future

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Although football has long been Americaís favorite child among professional sports, there are clear indicators that the ole pigskin is starting to deflate in fansí eyes. Football fanatics need not panic: polls show itís still far ahead of both baseball and basketball in popularity. The 2017 NBA finals averaged 20.4m viewers (a 20-year record), which is roughly the same as the NFLís regular Sunday night audience of 20.3m, and nowhere near the 2016 Super Bowl Łber-audience of 111m. Based on just those numbers, football is still kicking professional basketball, baseball and hockey through the goal posts. But America can be fickle. And the Magic 8-Ball of our cultural zeitgeist says, ďAll signs point to the NBA replacing the NFL as the league of Americaís future.Ē

This prediction has nothing to do with the athletes themselves, their level of skill, their heart, or their commitment to their sport. Professional athletes are generally the highest expression of what the human body is capable of doing and therefore inspiring to the fans to reach higher and strive harder. In that way, no sport is superior to any other sport. But when it comes to professional sports, some are more inspirational, more exciting and more entertaining to the general public than others and those sports take on a symbolic meaning for Americans. They come to represent our core values. They represent not just who we are, but who we want be.
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Old 12-23-17, 03:11 AM
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This is a widely accepted fact amongst anyone who isn't a moron.
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Old 12-23-17, 07:20 AM
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What does it mean then if I say and really believe this. If basketball was wipe off the face of the earth I would not miss it.
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Old 12-23-17, 10:31 AM
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What does it mean then if I say and really believe this. If basketball was wipe off the face of the earth I would not miss it.
Doesn't really matter, does it? Given your username, you are at least 54. Future tends to be more relevant for people under the age of 50.

But yeah, OBCF is right.
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Old 12-23-17, 11:29 AM
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What does it mean then if I say and really believe this. If basketball was wipe off the face of the earth I would not miss it.
Same. Most people hate basketball. For Christ sakes soccer is more popular than BB.
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Old 12-23-17, 11:32 AM
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I doubt basketball will get bigger. No one watches the regular season since it’s pointless. He is going off the idea that football will be banned
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Old 12-23-17, 11:43 AM
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Nba championship 26 million viewers
Super Bowl 117 million.
The NBA has a long way to go.
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Old 12-23-17, 11:51 AM
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Soccer is more popular than Bb and continues to out pace all sports as far viewership and actual involvement.
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Old 12-23-17, 11:57 AM
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We aren’t talking 3rd world here, just Mercia
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We aren’t talking 3rd world here, just Mercia
Are you suggesting basketball is more popular than soccer in the US?
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Old 12-23-17, 12:11 PM
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Are you suggesting basketball is more popular than soccer in the US?
In merica, as a pro and college sport, yes.
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Old 12-23-17, 12:16 PM
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I've never heard anyone claim soccer is more popular in the US than basketball. What are you going by, youth enrollment numbers?
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Old 12-23-17, 12:22 PM
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If the NBA doesn't try to create some kind of parity, they will never approach the NFL in popularity.
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Old 12-23-17, 12:23 PM
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Total annual attendance by pro sport (merica)
MLB 72.7M
NBA 22.0M
NFL 17.8M
AAA/baseball 13.8M
AA/baseball 8.8M
MLS 8.3M
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Old 12-23-17, 12:25 PM
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NCAA D1 men’s basketball 2017 total attendance 31.9M
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Football doesn't have a future worldwide. No one outside out US cares about it. Basketball, baseball, and soccer will dominate the future.
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I've never heard anyone claim soccer is more popular in the US than basketball. What are you going by, youth enrollment numbers?
Yes. They are the next generation of viewers.
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Football doesn't have a future worldwide. No one outside out US cares about it. Basketball, baseball, and soccer will dominate the future.
Baseball is on the decline to. I don't particularly care for soccer but the writing is on the wall.
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Yes. They are the next generation of viewers.
In that case, soccer is more popular than football too?
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In that case, soccer is more popular than football too?
As far as participation yes. Is there a sport you are interested in that you didn't play as a kid? Golf is the only one for me. I played soccer for a few yrs when I was little, gravitated to football and always played baseball. I watch football and baseball the most. More kids than ever are playing soccer. The viewership is only going to grow. Especially with parents like ep who won't let his kid play football if he had a boy.
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Old 12-23-17, 01:11 PM
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Baseball is on the decline to. I don't particularly care for soccer but the writing is on the wall.
Well you're definitely wrong. MLB is setting record revenue numbers. Plus the sport is booming on continents like Asia.

https://www.forbes.com/sites/maurybr.../#5fd9451f7880

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According to sources at the league, 2017 marks the 15th consecutive year MLB has seen record gross revenues, surpassing the $10 billion mark for the first time. By comparison, the league saw revenues approaching $9.5 billion at the end of the 2015 season.
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Baseball is trending downwards.

https://www.statista.com/statistics/...us-since-2006/
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Old 12-23-17, 01:17 PM
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Looks like baseball is trending upwards since 2014. Thanks for the graph!
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Lol. Should hit record numbers soon.
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Don't Be Stupid, Fan Interest Isn't Measured By Participation

There was a point in the not too distant past where you could go by any school ground or park and find a pick up game of baseball. And if those diamonds were used up, you could see kids in the street playing the game where cars and manhole covers were bases. Now, you look around and soccer fields dominate youth sports. ďBaseball has lost kids playing the game, and with it, those kids donít grow up watching Major League Baseball,Ē is the argument.

First off, the popularity of a sport has never been wholly driven by participation. If that were the case, NASCAR would have tiny numbers, and F1 auto racing would see less than a thousand viewers on television. Now, go to a soccer field and watch the games. At the youngest level, soccer games resemble a swarm of hornets chasing a meal. Kids swarm the ball, and thereís little, if any, coordinated play. Kids take part in soccer early on as everyone gets ample playing time, and itís easy to understand: See the ball. Chase the ball. Kick the ball. As children grow up, and costs have increased, parents and the kids that take sports seriously, often gravitate toward one or two sports choosing to become specialized.


But letís dig deeper.

According to the head offices of Little League, approximately 2 million kids play youth baseball, and that number has held steady for the last 5 years. By comparison, Pop Warner football has seen a decline in participation, largely due to concerns around head and neck injuries that has become a key concern for the NFL. An ESPN Outside The Lines investigation reported the following:

According to data provided to "Outside the Lines," Pop Warner lost 23,612 players, thought to be the largest two-year decline since the organization began keeping statistics decades ago. Consistent annual growth led to a record 248,899 players participating in Pop Warner in 2010; that figure fell to 225,287 by the 2012 season.

Read that again. The record for Pop Warner was 248,899, or roughly 12 percent of the total number of kids enrolled in Little League at this point. And yet, by measure of national television ratings, and per-game average attendance, the NFL sees astronomical numbers.

And finally, thereís this: according to a report by the Sports & Fitness Industry Association, there are 10,528,000 core (13+/year) people engaged in bowling in the United States in 2013. Thatís right, bowling. Now, ask yourself, how much pro bowling dominates the airwaves?

Donít be stupid. The popularity of a sport at its highest levels is not dictated by participation at youth or adult levels.
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They don't know what they're talking about. Only I do.
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Christ, by Teds logic, distance running is the future of sports giving its exploding popularity.
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Itís funny they wrote that headline directly to ted.
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As far as participation yes.
In that case, this post doesn't make much sense as it's true for football too.

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For Christ sakes soccer is more popular than BB.
An all around poor performance in this thread. Regroup. Be better.
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Total annual attendance by pro sport (merica)
MLB 72.7M
NBA 22.0M
NFL 17.8M
AAA/baseball 13.8M
AA/baseball 8.8M
MLS 8.3M
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Anybody generating many web hits on NBA fantasy basketball ? Even approaching 5% of NFL Fantasy ?
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