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Old 01-11-2013, 02:57 PM   #11 (permalink)
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Interesting with the NBA. I don't watch it but Basketball is decently big in England and quite big in eastern europe.
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Old 01-11-2013, 03:15 PM   #12 (permalink)
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I would say there is a good chance they are bigger than the NBA. Maybe not basketball as a whole. But you can't compare an entire sport to one company within a sport.
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Old 01-11-2013, 03:20 PM   #13 (permalink)
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Yeah I was thinking that too. I don't think many eastern europeans or English actually watch the NBA, but more so national basketball. Yeah I think UFC could be bigger than the NBA aswell.

How about MLS, globally? A lot of people watch the MLS in other countries because of how big football actually is. I'd say more people have deffinently heard of the MLS over UFC anyways.
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NBA is much larger worldwide than UFC. China are obsessed with basketball.

MLS sucks, if you want to watch Football (association) then watch EPL or Champion's League!
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Ya, I have to agree with Cowgirl. In Canada NFL is still much more mainstream and popular than the UFC.
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Yeah I was thinking that too. I don't think many eastern europeans or English actually watch the NBA, but more so national basketball. Yeah I think UFC could be bigger than the NBA aswell.

How about MLS, globally? A lot of people watch the MLS in other countries because of how big football actually is. I'd say more people have deffinently heard of the MLS over UFC anyways.
It would be iffy just because of how bad the MLS is. I don't know one single person that watches the MLS here in the US.
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People still watch the MLS a lot though. Henry and Beckham being over there helps aswell. Every single Fifa fan knows of the MLS, and then theres millions of football fans who don't play computer games but still watch things as closely to watch MLS. Mix that with the huge population of Americans who will enjoy it, it might just be bigger than the UFC. I know 99.9% of people I know have never seen a UFC event. When I was in college, 7 guys, we were flicking about channels looking for something to watch and GSP was fighting Hardy. I forced them to watch like 2 mins, but then they said it was boring and flicked over. I was about to start choking mahfukas out right then and there haha
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Dude MLS is in FIFA yeah but nobody watches MLS. There's no point in watching MLS, you can find Serie A, La Liga, EPL and Champions League so easily. Even the French league is badass.

The NBA is the single most popular sports organisation in the world. I'll see if I can dig up some figures.

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Dude MLS is in FIFA yeah but nobody watches MLS. There's no point in watching MLS, you can find Serie A, La Liga, EPL and Champions League so easily. Even the French league is badass.

The NBA is the single most popular sports organisation in the world. I'll see if I can dig up some figures.
I said more people have at least heard of the MLS.

And some people just watch all they can. It's like saying why watch Bellator if theres UFC you know.
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I said more people have at least heard of the MLS.

And some people just watch all they can. It's like saying why watch Bellator if theres UFC you know.
Yeah but there's just so much football around, that would mainly be the case for American football fans.

There are leagues in pretty much every single european country, the hardcore fans from those countries will support the big leagues and then their own league.

MLS really isn't that big in terms of name value either, the Brazilian league has a lot of old legends and all around a far higher level of football.

Yeah lots of people have heard of it but anybody that enjoys the game would rather watch a different league IMO.

Like at home I can watch all the big leagues, if I want to watch some minnow leagues i'll watch the A-League, I mean we've got some name value. Del Piero just signed with us.
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