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On planet Earth, there are six major sports/sports entertainment platforms, which are the NFL, NBA, MLB, NHL, the UFC, and the WWE and all of them have been able to enjoy tremendous success over the many decades they have been around.

However, many of these leagues and promotions are currently facing some very real issues. The NFL is losing hundreds of thousands, borderline millions of viewers in light of the "kneeling" issue, which has led to the ratings taking a significant drop.

Then there's the MLB and NHL, and here's the thing about them. They simply aren't on the mainstream level of the NFL and the NBA, except when it's the World Series and Stanley Cup.

And that brings us to the WWE. I could go on all day about the issues that they have, such as their ratings and viewership numbers on the decline since 2001, ticket sales on the decline, lack of stars, inconsistent booking, and their overall awful business model.

The UFC, they've been having fighters getting popped for PEDs for a long time, but now it's becoming more prevelant, which in my honest opinion, the credibility of the sport of MMA takes a huge hit because of this. And most recently, their biggest draw got knocked out by Floyd Mayweather.

And that leaves us with the NBA. No other sport has the number of recognizable stars the NBA does, and everything seems to be going right for them. They just had the most stacked draft class in years, which included the selection of the most hyped rookie since LeBron James in Lonzo Ball. And next summer, many elite players will be free agents. Names such as LeBron James, Kevin Durant, Russell Westbrook, Paul George, and Chris Paul will all be on the market, free to sign to whichever team they wish. There is no doubt in my mind that very soon, the NBA is going to be the undisputed king of the sports world with all that is happening in the league right now. You have Lonzo Ball, who is one of the biggest draws in the league and he still has yet to play a real NBA game, you have the Golden State Warriors, the most dominant team to ever be seen since the 95-96 Bulls, and LeBron James, who is in the conversation for one of the greatest players of all time and can still go.

For all these reasons and more, the NBA is gonna dethrone the NFL as America's top sport and it is going to happen sooner rather than later.
 

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I would agree but amend it to later rather than sooner. Football is embedded in American culture, not just the NFL but college football as well, and the NFL draft is such a big deal because of that. But I think head trauma stuff will catch up with the NFL over the next 10-15 years, and public opinion will turn against football for good. After that, the NBA would be in the best position, though I know a lot of football fans think basketball is "for pussies" and the NBA is a "thug league".

Where else are sports fans going to turn though? Baseball is just too slow for people now, there's not enough scoring in soccer, hockey is just hard to relate to unless you've played it.
 

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I lost total interest in the NBA when the super teams came to be and it's the same 2 teams in the finals every year. Although if the Lakers are on I'll watch.

Granted when it was the Lakers in the Finals I wasn't caring about the same teams as much I guess. :lol
 

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NFL ratings are down mainly because the play on the field is pretty bad across the league.
20-30 years down the line the NFL it will only get worse. Only poor people and white souternerns will allow their kids to play football in the Us in a decade or so and it will be like boxing where their's almost a social stigma against letting your kids do that activity because of concussions and other serious health issues. On top of that youth league's will have to deal with lawsuits which they can't afford so essentially the farm system of the NFL will decrease.


And I am not even a soccer person and I would laugh at the thought of NHL being a bigger sport when Usa is not even a soccer country and the World Cup ratings are better then hockey. Hockey for the most part is a niche sport and only a major deal in Canada and certain regions in the Us.
 

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I wouldn't lump WWE or any wrestling company with the others you mentioned. WWE wishes they were that big. NBA has another superteam with Melo joining OKC with Westbrook and PG13.

MLS is evolving nicely with clubs like Atlanta and Seattle drawing 40,000-50,000 per game (Atlanta drew 70,000 last week) so I'd say they're doing better than ever given they are the third largest attended league in the country. Plus you've got teams with really nice new stadiums like Atlanta, Kansas City, Vancouver, Orlando, Montreal, Toronto, LAFC, LA Galaxy, Salt Lake plus with Minnesota and Miami following suit. Plus Liga MX and European stuff too and the World Cup.

In terms of participation with parents today its either basketball or soccer.
 
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Soccer will always be number one world wide. NBA will not replaced the NFL in America unless the sheeps really listen to Trump and boycott the sport. The NBA could consolidate their position as the 2nd place in both rankings as they are a great blend of individualism and team sport that can appeal to different groups of sports fans.
 

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Soccer will never be big in North America until it gets more exciting and makes more sense. The whole clock in soccer is fucking retarded. It counts up instead of down, doesn't stop during stoppages of play and then doesn't mean the end of the game when it gets to 1:30. The game only ends when the ref makes up some arbitrary "injury time" and blows the whistle to end the game whenever he wants. Not to mention 90% of games end either 0-0 or 1-0 and you've got a sport that not too many North Americans are entertained by.

Any sport where the championship game can be decided in penalty shots is not worth the effort imo. Could you imagine the Stanley Cup final ending in a shoot out? How pathetic would that be?
 

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Soccer will never be big in North America until it gets more exciting and makes more sense. The whole clock in soccer is fucking retarded. It counts up instead of down, doesn't stop during stoppages of play and then doesn't mean the end of the game when it gets to 1:30. The game only ends when the ref makes up some arbitrary "injury time" and blows the whistle to end the game whenever he wants. Not to mention 90% of games end either 0-0 or 1-0 and you've got a sport that not too many North Americans are entertained by.

Any sport where the championship game can be decided in penalty shots is not worth the effort imo. Could you imagine the Stanley Cup final ending in a shoot out? How pathetic would that be?
The clock ensure that most games finished within a predictable period of time unless there is a penalty shootout during tournaments. This actually make the game appealing to broadcasters.

The lack of goals just make the ones scored feel more important. Anyway the best teams don't lack goals in their games.

Soccer fans could just as easily ask how can the competition be fair in a best of 7 series with one additional home game advantage to one team?
 

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The clock ensure that most games finished within a predictable period of time unless there is a penalty shootout during tournaments. This actually make the game appealing to broadcasters.
All Major sports leagues in N.A. finish in a predictable period as well, unless it's baseball where there's a chance to play a lot of extra innings.

The lack of goals just make the ones scored feel more important. Anyway the best teams don't lack goals in their games.
Sure they might feel more important. But you're bored off your ass the other 99% of the game.

Soccer fans could just as easily ask how can the competition be fair in a best of 7 series with one additional home game advantage to one team?
Because the team with the 1 home game advantage, earned that right by being better leading up to the showdown.

Regardless, at least they are still playing the same game. Penalty kicks in soccer isn't even the same game. How many players on a soccer team on the field at a time? 12 is it? You think a championship team sport game should be decided on 5 players playing a "mini game" ??? Laughable really.
 

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Being from Pittsburgh, I generally don't follow the NBA due to the fact that we don't have a team. But I also find it hard to get into the NBA because they have these super teams that you pretty much know that are going to be in the finals every year. Why would anybody want to watch that? The NBA will never overtake the NFL in the US, even though its becoming harder and harder to watch.

I'll just stick to the NHL
 

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Regardless, at least they are still playing the same game. Penalty kicks in soccer isn't even the same game. How many players on a soccer team on the field at a time? 12 is it? You think a championship team sport game should be decided on 5 players playing a "mini game" ??? Laughable really.
Yes if they've been deadlocked for 120 minutes beforehand. A penalty shoot out is a better way to determine a winner than just having the exhausted players play on until someone wins

I also love how you have such a problem with the clock going forward instead of backwards. Can you not do simple math yourself?
 

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Ummmm Soccer? Hell Cricket is huge worldwide. So is Boxing and Rugby. Basketball is big in America. And Toronto. You go to a random South American town and pick out a kid. They would be able to name MAYBE 5 basketball players....but they'll be able to name the starting lineup of Real Madrid in a heartbeat.
 
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