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Well, thanks.

On the other hand, I don't see what is thrilling about one particular sport gaining popularity. And, why not cycling or cricket and not soccer? Who cares? If countries want to obsess on a single sport or 2, or 5 or 7, I don't care either. It's not a tragedy that India focuses its sports dreams almost entirely on cricket and, if a boy is not good at that, he generally turns toward doing well in school (if he's lucky and rich enough to be in school).

I do know -- from a common sense and not a free market perspective -- that the sports entertainment industry captures an unreasonably large amount of public money in the U.S. (and elsewhere?), charges outrageous ticket prices, and vastly overcompensates owners and players. This gets more irritating in year three of a deep recession. So, I'm in favor of the public and government exerting some sort of popular control over our sports-industrial complex, and reducing its cost burden on society. But, that's another diary.

fairleft

by fairleft (fairleftatyahoodotcom) on Tue Jun 15th, 2010 at 02:13:03 PM EST
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I'm in favor of any sport gaining in popularity that's fun to watch, or fun to play. I just didn't like American football that much because there seemed to be so many injury opportunities involved with the game, and as a Mom I had a problem with that. Soccer was just as much fun to watch, and generally there seemed to be less injuries (or less severe injuries) on the field. Just a personal opinion, though.
by sgr2 on Tue Jun 15th, 2010 at 05:22:25 PM EST
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Yes, American football is terrible for injuries, and many of them are a permanent annoyance or worse. Soccer is also a great lifetime health kind of sport, or it can be. Lots of running, a good aerobic workout.

fairleft
by fairleft (fairleftatyahoodotcom) on Tue Jun 15th, 2010 at 05:30:28 PM EST
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You've got yo be joking.

Soccer is also a great lifetime health kind of sport, or it can be.

Lots of awkward strains on the leg joints, especially knee ligament injuries from twisting motions with the foot firmly set on the ground (the boots have studs to make sure the boot doesn't slide on the grass which is great for running in a straight line and keeping balance on one foot but awful for turning). And that's saying nothing of the contact injuries when a careless or unlucky tackle is made.

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by Migeru (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Tue Jun 15th, 2010 at 05:49:31 PM EST
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"... can be ..."

fairleft
by fairleft (fairleftatyahoodotcom) on Tue Jun 15th, 2010 at 06:51:30 PM EST
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