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To all my friends in the UK and particularly London.

How was the overall reception of the NFL playing at Wembley? Has England been supportive of the NFL games played there? Just looking for opinions, as our biggest sport has been looking for new markets.

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We Europeans may not never understand the glory of NFL and Baseball in the USA. I find them both boooring as hell. I've once tried to watch the "Super Bowl" match as is should be the match of matches, but I fell a sleep. Same thing on baseball. Some fatman hits the ball with his bat once in a match and runs between the bases. Nascar is also as boring as Formula One.

But, who am I to judge, as Finland has only been successful in motorsports and ice-hockey...I live in a shame every day.

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It's probably the stop start nature of US games (controlled by commercial breaks) that makes US sport tedious to watch.

All I remember about grid iron is that it messed up the pitch at Wembley every year.

When you have games like rugby where they steam into each other without wearing 16 layers of armour and is far more tactical, and a game that doesn't take several hours to complete, it will never compete properly in the UK market.

Grid Iron would only ever be as popular in England as 'soccer' is in the states, there will always be a certain interest, but not much compared to NFL, baseball (or basketball which is massive in Spain, Málaga have one of the top clubs in Europe) and no matter how they try (Beckham at LA Galaxy, hosting the World Cup in '94, and years ago importing George Best, Pele, Beckenbauer etc) it just never gets to the popularity of the US sports.


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I would argue that american football is more tactical, but that would take way too long to do. It's such a start-stop culture due to the commercials. About 20 years ago the networks figured out they could make massive profits from having a commercial break during each timeout instead of more commentary. And when you live in the States, you have 3 of the most profitable networks in the world in Fox, Turner Networks, and ESPN.

I think soccer could be very popular here. With our ABC broadcasting all US matches, and Fox taking on the Champions league and Premier League/ Serie A I think it will get bigger than hockey soon.

Baseball to me is getting awful. Overinflated salaries to a guy who gets hurt 3 years of his 8 year contract. Stadiums are half full most of the time for the non-powerhouse clubs.

Basketball will remain number 2 for a while. They generate large profits and this year are actually putting a decent product on the court. Look for more games from the NBA to go to Spain. And vamos Milwaukee Bucks!

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Soccer will never be big in the States until you start calling it FOOTBALL.




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We'll call it football when you guys drive on the right side of the road



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We already do!

But thank you for the HBO (Sopranos, OZ and Band of Brothers), ABC (Twin Peaks) and NBC (Law & Order), the best things developed out from the States.

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You folks get HBO? I hope you don't pay the same ridiculous price (to the tune of $12 a month) for those channels.

Personally I like Gol TV or Fox Sports en Espanol

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No we don't get the channel itself, but the shows are running here too. And those who aren't can be downloaded from da Internet.

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We'll call it football when you guys drive on the right side of the road





We do in Spain. Most countries that play FOOTBALL drive on the right!.

Hoot!

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We do in Spain. Most countries that play FOOTBALL drive on the right!.

Hoot!


We can't help that the British invented the word 'soccer' for us to use

We do get BBC through some cable companies and they show a lot of rugby, which is one of my favorites to watch.

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Association Football to be precise!

But 'soccer', surely it's pronounced 'saaaaacccrrrrrrrrrr' isn't it?

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We can't help that the British invented the word 'soccer' for us to use


IMPERIALISM!

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But 'soccer', surely it's pronounced 'saaaaacccrrrrrrrrrr' isn't it?


My guess is: Yo Homes, lez play sucker. (ok, too much movies)

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Yup..more like SAH-cur. Unless Ian Darke calls the United States international matches. He throws 'football' in plenty. No one can match the golden chords of one Martin Tyler however. He was a pleasure to have during the World Cup.

Yo Etzo homes, dats how it really iz here

But no worries, I catch plenty of jokes for the Spanish accent.

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