The NFL is dying. That’s my story and I’m sticking to it. For decades, the National Football League has been the big draw in American sports. Team owners rarely worry about losing audiences as they are well aware that the general public has been reared on a steady diet of American football and, therefore, is conditioned to need it. We need American football like we need reality television and super-sized portions of anything resembling food. That’s what they think. The smugness floating around the owners projects an unwavering confidence that their iron grip on the throats of the American sporting audience will continue into perpetuity. But the NFL didn’t see this coming.
Welcome to the National Soccer League (NSL), the new, North American soccer league poised to take over where the NFL has slipped. To call this a magical moment in the world of sports would be a massive understatement. This is going to be epic. People are probably going to get injured just from the press releases. (more…)