Kareem Abdul-Jabbar: Soccer Will Never Be a Slam Dunk in America

Gee, Kareem can write a bit. I agree with him.

TIME

Has the time finally come to slap a Do Not Resuscitate bracelet on soccer’s prospects for popularity in America?

If it were up to me, the answer would be no, because soccer players are among the strongest, fittest, most strategic athletes in the world. But, for various reasons, the sport itself does not seem destined for the popularity that supporters have been predicting for the last decade. I’m reminded of the end of Man of La Mancha, when Don Quixote lies dying, but is suddenly inspired to rise once more and proclaim, “Onward to glory I go!” And then he drops dead. Soccer has been proclaiming this impending U.S. glory for years, and while there are signs of life in the body, the prognosis is not good.

This dire diagnosis probably seems crazy in the face of the current World Cup TV ratings success. Between Univision and ESPN, 25 million…

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One thought on “Kareem Abdul-Jabbar: Soccer Will Never Be a Slam Dunk in America

  1. pm1956

    I don’t know…go up to Blaine any summer weekend, and you will see a whole lot of kids playing soccer. I know my kids did. I think that there is a generational divide here, at least in suburbia. Soccer became far more popular as a participation sport than baseball, basketball or football–but really only for people 30 and under. I expect that there is a generational divide wrt soccer.

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