Writer's Block


Goooooooooaaaaaaaaalllllll! Today marks the anniversary of football (soccer) star Pele's 1000th goal. Why has professional footie never caught on in the United States?

Answers (144)

  • There have been those who did. After all, Atari made a version of it, and I am sure it shows up in nostalgia and retro. He has had success, but it depends on who follows. There are people who follow him, and those who follow others. I haven't caught on with some people, and you know what? It isn't a really big deal. To Pele', it might not be, but I am sure he DID catch on, but not as big as others. Does it really matter? Only Pele' himself can answer that question.
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  • Because it's hopelessly dull. People don't like soccer because it's an interesting sport, they like it because it's tribal. What happens on the pitch is completely irrelevant. But it really can't compete with something like NFL for pure spectacle.
  • Because Americans are fools. ;) If there is one sport that every European (at least the non foolish ones) can agree about, it's soccer. Everyone loves it here and we're proud to show our support for whichever team we love. That's the only thing that often divides us, the fact that some clubs just don't like certain clubs or even countries when it comes to soccer. Go Holland!
  • not enough timeouts to sell ads and beer.
  • Don't get me started on the US. Anyone who knows me, knows better.

    ... those poor Iraqis....

  • I think there are loads of reasons why the beautiful game has never caught on in the US as it has in the UK and most of the rest of the world. Because in a live TV game there are very few opportunities for a commercial break in the passage of play like there are in American Football for example. There also seems to be a stigma of sorts attached to the game in the US about it being played only by girls. True, its also played by women but not exclusively. Perhaps another reason is that the USA, like the England squad in recent years, aren't all that over-the-top spectacularly brilliant at the game and so, across the pond at least, attract fewer sponsors and therefore TV and newspaper coverage is limited. Oh well they can console themselves with the fact that an American team always wins the World Series in baseball. Thats one way to ensure sporting glory: prohibit every other country from playing in a sport so you never get beaten...hang on, thats not really a 'World Series' then is it? Seriously though, the United States are really missing out on the most exciting game ever devised. Its a real shame its not more popular over there.
  • I'd like to say that it's because football is boring as fuck, but since there are plenty of popular-yet-utterly-tedious sporting events over there, I think it's because buh duh who cares. Basically, watching sport is boring.
  • Because any sport that can be played co-ed in high school gym class is not a sport at all.
  • Because we have hockey. Duh.
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