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The Popularity of American Football Here are some opinions:
  • Well, I don't know if anyone really knows but I read this great article on how our American football (Gridiron) came to be. Basically, when both Football (soccer) and rugby migrated to the US, in the 1800s or so, a lot of the country was still sort of wild and lawless. The government was weak and so were any type of police force. So, it was a more violent society. Rugby was (and still is) a more violent sport than Football (soccer), so people liked to play it. It was "sanctioned violence" because it was in the form of a game. Eventually the sport evolved into Gridiron (American football) as we know it today, and is still pretty violent..(though use of body armor, helmet and tights get belittled outside US) Like I said, I don't know if this is true, but it sounds like this could be one reason why it's so popular!
  • Culture.. many feel obligated to play/watch games that were invented where you live, so for example NFL Gridiron in America, Sumo in Japan.. while both these activities are not popular outside the country they were invented, theres a cultural feeling of obligation within to play/watch them, plus you have been brought up around it.
  • Stoppages. Frowned upon in other countries, in America the relentless stop start nature of Gridiron allows people to do other things whether being at home or watching a game on TV, get to eat, chat to people, general things.
  • Body weight is a big factor why American football (Gridiron) is specifically popular in America as its caters for people who are overweight, the stop start nature of the game allows people to rest constantly. Last medical tests in America revealed 56% of NFL players were clinically obese, therefore it gives people a chance who couldn't physically play other games.
  • Simple, there's really no such thing as a guaranteed contract in this sport, so the owners have more control over the game.
  • It may have something to do with the type of football they play, in my opinion I think Gridiron (American football) is more advanced that Football (soccer).
  • American Football (Gridiron) is a high intensity high impact sport with anticipation of what may happen next. In every game there are at least a few very exciting plays, and this keeps people glued to the tv for the entire game.
  • Because it is a contact sport and very competitve and people like to see a little competition.
  • I am American, and here is my opinion. Football (Gridiron), like many sports in the US, has a team for a majority of the major cities. People like to cheer for their home town in hopes that they can catch the spotlight of the media..
  • I'm also an American. I try to spend my time productively rather than sitting in front of the television as soon as I get home from work, until I go to bed at night. I don't try to remember all the stats of every American football (Gridiron) player and game, and I generally don't obssess about something as passing as football. Why? Because all governments want to keep people from paying attention to their agendas, that's no secret. So American Football is heavily promoted in America because it keeps people ignorant to anything else the government is doing. Even through some of America's most recently dramatic times, we still let them get away with whatever they want. So if you managed to read this far, you probably understand that all it takes to make something popular in America (and most countries), is enough advertising dollars to convince the weak minded to watch. Advertising works on 79% of people...so wake up and pay attention to your manipulation! Two words: Superbowl Commercials
  • I think that Rugby has evolved into a far more physical and skillful game than Gridiron (American football) and as such means that Gridron will remain big in the US as Americans feel obligated having invented it, but not so outside of it.
  • It's not really a great game anyhow it's just that it's a healthy game and a risk of a carrer


Super Sam's opinion: Because it is an American sport and Americans love football!!!!!
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