5 Reasons Why American Football Hasn't Caught On Abroad

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"It's Too Complicated"

There's a lot going on in football, even between plays, and it is hard to understand for someone who has no exposure to the game. Soccer, the world's most popular sport, is also the easiest to understand. Think about how hard it was to explain football to your girlfriend who never watched a game and apply that to the rest of the world.

"The Advertising is Ridiculous"

Advertising on the big screen during Super Bowl XLV. Courtesy of http://www.sportsonearth.com/article/67170458/national-football-league-corporate-sponsors-television-ads

TV timeouts are a bummer, but the notion that our version of football is riddled with ads compared to soccer is what's ridiculous. The American jersey is sacred ground and isn't laced with a sponsor unlike any soccer team in the world. Sure, every other inch of the stadium, parking lot, and broadcast is covering in corporate ads, but there's something about the jersey that just isn't meant to be touched.

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