Doctor MJ wrote:HeartBreakKid wrote:The NBA is already self aware that basketball is the 2nd most popular sport or soon will be. NBA has planned to outscale NFL by going global, something the NFL can't do. It's not news to them, and they're not sacrificing their domestic market for their international market at all. They have greatly profited from the absurd contracts they got domestically, it was easily worth it for them.
By the way I was walking by down town Taipei last weekand saw Terry Rozier and Danny Green giving kids basketball lessons randomly lol.
The NFL needs to get teams into the UK and Canada already, they're dumb as hell for not doing so by now. There are only so many places their product can reach.
Good points though I'm skeptical there's much more the NFL could have done. I mean, they built a European league after all, and nursed it well into the 2000s. I think probably there was just a limit to how much American Football could penetrate a market where another sport named "football" was already the dominant sport. And even if there wasn't, I think it's hard to go from zero to professional grade like that.
Well most former British colonies have some version of the game, be it Rugby or Aussie Rules or Gaelic football. These games are never popular outside the country of origin, probably because the rules are hellishly complicated and if you didn’t grow up playing and learning them there’s no reason to invest the time as an adult. This also limits potential growth in places like Australia (which has been huge in basketball’s emergence) and Britain itself.
Basketball on the other hand has a fairly simple and intuitive rule set. All you really need to know is that you can’t move with the ball without dribbling and you can’t hit an opposing player hard enough that it stops his movement and you can’t go out of bounds. Basketball also offers free movement like European football and very unlike American football.
Basketball also doesn’t really have any analogue whereas American Football was an evolutionary branch of a family of already established sports. There was nothing like basketball being played anywhere else in the world.
And basketball’s growth is mostly organic. The leagues in Europe and Australia and China and the Middle East spring up not because the NBA tried to force it but just because people wanted to play and watch it.