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  • NFL (National Football League)

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Thread: What is the most successful professional sports league in NA?

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    Re: What is the most successful professional sports league in NA?

    Quote Originally Posted by StillBallin75 View Post
    It's still pretty profitable. Baseball is no longer really "America's pastime," but i see that simply as a sign of the times. For the life of me i can't stay awake watching baseball. I love football but there are just times when i can't really stay awake watching that either. Too many damn commercial breaks.
    Dangit. I edited the post again after someone responded. I agree with you on both counts.
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    Re: What is the most successful professional sports league in NA?

    Quote Originally Posted by StillBallin75 View Post
    "America's pastime,"
    The internet, obesity or prescription pain meds would be my guess.



    ps. NFL, it's not close.

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    Re: What is the most successful professional sports league in NA?

    I am shocked only 8 people voted so far... I thought there were a lot more sports fans at DP.
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    Re: What is the most successful professional sports league in NA?

    As far as making money, it is the NFL.

    As far as attendance, it is MLB.

    Neither of those affect me personally, so the criterion I care about is which has the most entertaining product, and that is clearly the NHL, with only MLB being anywhere close. Of course entertaining is entirely subjective.
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    Re: What is the most successful professional sports league in NA?

    Quote Originally Posted by Middleground View Post
    I don't know. Maybe that could be part of the reason, but I'm more inclined to think that our colder climate is more of a factor. I think hockey popularity starts at a grassroot level, and hockey leagues are not very common in the southern part of the US.
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    Atlanta may not be able to hold onto an NHL team, and ponds in the South are for fishing and swimming. But the league's Southern strategy is paying dividends where children now dream of playing in the NHL and winning Olympic gold medals.

    Pat Kelleher said USA Hockey's membership has grown significantly in each of the Southern states where the NHL put teams.
    The numbers are growing all around the South - including in Georgia, where Atlanta lost the Thrashers to Winnipeg last summer.

    Between 1998-99 and 2010-11, USA Hockey went from 911 members in Georgia to 2,287, an increase of 151 percent.

    North Carolina boomed to 170.5 percent with a high of 5,812 players last year. Florida, which had about four ice rinks in the 1990s, now has 25 with players jumping from 5,606 to 11,571 (106.4 percent).

    Tennessee had 2,573 players this past season for 118.8 percent jump.

    USA Hockey's national membership is up 18.8 percent in that span.

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    Re: What is the most successful professional sports league in NA?

    I wouldn't call MLB "elitist", but it has been far surpassed by the NFL in terms of popularity.

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    Re: What is the most successful professional sports league in NA?

    Quote Originally Posted by StillBallin75 View Post
    1) nfl
    2) mlb
    3) nba
    4) nhl

    yep this is accurate

    for me personally its NFL, NBA and then MLB/NHL are tied for a distant 3rd.

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    Re: What is the most successful professional sports league in NA?

    NFL by far. But the amount of kids playing "soccer " in the US is crazy and EPL games are being shown live on cable tv now, Soccer will have its day in the US but nothing will get near the NFL
    Last edited by Higgins86; 02-04-12 at 08:21 PM.

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    Re: What is the most successful professional sports league in NA?

    1. Nfl
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    3. Nhl
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