Soccer is slowly growing more popular in The United States. According to a 2010 New York Times article “the number of high school soccer players has more than doubled since 1990, to 730,106 athletes, the fastest growth rate among any major sport, according to statistics compiled by the Sporting Goods Manufacturers Association.”
The Popular Soccer Video Game Fifa 13 sold 353,000 copies in its first day breaking all of EA Sports sale records. The newfound interest in non football, that’s soccer to you and me, is having a major impact on Baseball.
Major League Baseball has been dubbed the National Pastime. Detroit, New York, Boston, and California all have a historical Baseball tradition. Despite NFL, NHL, and NBA lockouts the MLB is still struggling. Fans have chosen to spend their money on action packed sports instead. The U.S. presence on the field is just as bleak. Video games such as Fifa combined with Major League Soccer could be the poison that kills Baseball.
The four major professional sports in the U.S. are Football, Basketball, Baseball and Hockey. Kids growing up playing soccer could create an unbalance in this tradition. Baseball’s slow pace could make it the most vulnerable of the professional sports. Baseball may not hold the interest of a new generation of kids now captivated by fast paced violence, which could help elevate soccer to new heights.
Written By Sam Goldman
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