- Sep 14, 2003
American soccer will collapse long before any other sport doesLet's examine what you're doing here, Sam. You're moving the goalposts. Your original statement which I called out as incorrect was:
"Lots of kids played soccer, but are now grown ups and have sports viewing tastes that are indistinguishable from previous generations."
So you're saying that soccer viewership in the US is no more popular now than it was a generation ago. And I call BS on that.
In response to that, you're now switching the argument to say that soccer viewership in the US right now is far lower than football, baseball, basketball or hockey. No $hit, sherlock. But again, that's not what we were debating. It's whether there's been a material increase in soccer viewership as increasing numbers of young Americans play soccer as kids and then grow up.
And taking viewership of just MLS into consideration isn't an accurate measure of total soccer viewership. Only now is MLS starting to draw the kind of money and talent it needs to be taken seriously alongside professional soccer leagues in the UK and continental Europe. American soccer fans watch those leagues as well on NBC, Fox Sports, Peacock, Paramount+, and other sources.
Note that I'm not predicting that soccer will ever become as popular a spectator sport as the big 4 I listed above. Maybe it'll eventually surpass the NHL, maybe it won't. But it IS becoming more popular among Americans and I see every reason to think that trend will continue.