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Thread: World-wide interest in American Football

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    World-wide interest in American Football

    I'd like to know the real deal in how American football is viewed in countries outside of the U.S. particularly the NFL.

    Is their any real following, that goes beyond a handful of ex-patriates for example?

    Are the broadcasts all late night UHF channel stuff.

    Are kids routinely seen tossing a football, or playing pick-up games?

    Do you see NFL jerseys on anything but fat american tourists?

    Are there sports bars that have all the games showing and a bunch of rowdy cliques of fans that attend these?

    What's the honest-to gawd truth of the way this game and the NFL are viewed abroad?

    Thanks, graci, mer-cy, dunka-shain, webien, etc.
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    yup... I'm english thru and thru and love the sport.

    I go down the park with my mates and toss a ball about.

    we get 5 games shown live a week... and a hilite show.

    people I know hav super bowl parties and me and my cousins hav draft parties.
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    Quote Originally Posted by finsnchips
    yup... I'm english thru and thru and love the sport.

    I go down the park with my mates and toss a ball about.

    we get 5 games shown live a week... and a hilite show.

    people I know hav super bowl parties and me and my cousins hav draft parties.
    Whoa, I am a little shocked, I know football is "America's new pastime" but I thought soccer would be by far the most popular in your part of the globe and football would be tied for a distant second with rugby.......
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    Quote Originally Posted by phillyphinphan
    Whoa, I am a little shocked, I know football is "America's new pastime" but I thought soccer would be by far the most popular in your part of the globe and football would be tied for a distant second with rugby.......


    it actually is that way though, the english seem to be adapting to mor "major" sports now and so does the rest of the world, more like we have been with our sports and we also are adapting to soccer a little bit more, or at least our younger fans are, its more reverse of what the rest of the world is doing
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    soccer is the sport, its my sport as well.... cricket and rugby are also extremely popular... but sports like baseball and football are growing in popularity and basketball is played a lot in high skools.

    we even have our own american sports channel over here. www.nasn.com
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    Cool, It probably would be a whole lot bigger if and when the High Schools got into it. Nothing like the atmospere of two hometown rivals sluggin' it out on a Friday night, with the players and cheerleaders cheating on each other with the rival players and cheerleaders afterwards!


    All in all I'd love to see a true world league with quality teams from multiple continents......hope I live long enough to see it!
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    Quote Originally Posted by finsnchips
    soccer is the sport, its my sport as well.... cricket and rugby are also extremely popular... but sports like baseball and football are growing in popularity and basketball is played a lot in high skools.

    we even have our own american sports channel over here. www.nasn.com

    thats pretty sweet
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    Here in México american football is very popular. You see lots of people in the street wearing NFL clothes, specially cowboys, dolphins, steelers, 49ers and raiders stuff. Right know we have 2 games a week on national tv (monay night and a sunday afc game), like 5 years ago we had 4 sunday afternoon games, sunday night and monday night football.

    College (mexican) american football is big in México, the most popular leaguea obviously is soccer, but after soccer i belive that college football and pro beaseball are tied for the second most popular leagues. Callege football games get crowds in between 10,000 and 70,000 people.
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    They also have sports bars in the main cities aswell--I wouldn't say that the NFL is as popular now as it was in the 80's--but the followers now are a lot more knowledgeable. Britain has its own league and as Fins said we get 3 or 4 games a week live. I also believe it is huge in Germany too
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    Quote Originally Posted by finsnchips
    soccer is the sport, its my sport as well.... cricket and rugby are also extremely popular... but sports like baseball and football are growing in popularity and basketball is played a lot in high skools.

    we even have our own american sports channel over here. www.nasn.com
    Do know how much it cost to have nasn Fins
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