Have you watched at least one American football match? They run for intervals of no longer than 3 seconds, then the player with the ball is knocked down and then the arrangement is about 10 seconds. And so the whole match: we ran for 3 seconds, stood for 10 seconds. Hellish tediousness, not sport. Rugby of any kind is much better.
Here you need to remember that rugby is very popular outside North America. And it is a kind of analogue of American football. Moreover, large stadiums calmly gather for rugby matches. For example, the Tuikenem stadium, which was built for this sport, can accommodate more than 80 thousand people. By the way, it hosted the final of the last world championship. So this kind of sport is popular. It's just that neither one nor the other is developed and is unknown in Russia.
The point is, first of all, in the cultural tradition of the United States itself - this country has developed isolationistically for a very long time, and this spirit is still strong, despite the well-known messianism of the last for almost 100 years. And it so happened that the birth and development of mass sports in the world fell on this very era of US history, hence some global neglect of the American leagues and vice versa :)
In addition, you can see that the worldwide popularity of football is ensured including his democratic character, in fact, any boy is equal to Zidane - you only need a round enough object to compete with a couple of friends. While American football requires sophisticated ammunition, including a special melon-shaped shell.
And thirdly, all American sports leagues are not only about sports, but also about shows and business. But European teams always prioritize competition.
Well, let's start with the fact that this is a monocultural sport that appeared in the Ivy League universities back in the 19th century. It was made for a country that is built from the bottom up, and not vice versa. That is, relying on the domestic market.
This type is popular in other countries, but only as a wrapped candy. Some people try to expand this wrapper and try to play themselves. Well done, enthusiasts. In the United States, it is both a game and a show and central topics for the media. But yes, the popularity of the amp is growing in the world. Fact
In the United States, American football has long been popularized and cultivated. This was not the case in other countries. The US National Football League is now campaigning for the English-speaking world and has had some success. And yet, the rest of the English-speaking world has other favorite games. So in Great Britain, along with football, rugby is very popular. And it's hard to imagine Scotland, for example, going from one game to another. Rugby and American football are similar, but they are still different games. In India and Pakistan, for example, the number one game is cricket, in Canada it is hockey. It is difficult for American football to win its rightful place there.
The fact is that English and American football did not always exist in the form in which they are presented today. The first sets of rules appear only in the middle of the 19th century, the first international federations - in the late 19th - early 20th centuries. Before that, everyone played by their own rules, although they call the game football. Therefore, it is not surprising that in Europe some rules are fixed, in America - others, and in Australia - others (if anyone does not know, there is also Australian football - this is a separate sport that is very popular on the Green Continent). At different periods of time, there were local footballs. For example, the so-called calcio in Italy.
So. During the period of the worldwide popularization and unification of football (early 20th century), the world was still dominated by the British, not the Americans. As a result, they were more mobile and infected the whole world with football exactly in their own version of the rules. It was the British who taught the Russians to play football, for example. And then, her Majesty's globalization entered the business, and FIFA finally approved the triumph of a unified football. Only America did not give up.
If you give similar examples, something similar happens in hockey: the rules in the NHL and in Europe / KHL are slightly different. Not as dramatic as in American and classic football, but it is also the result of the evolution of one sport on different continents.
American football is quite a difficult game when compared to European football, hockey or basketball. It takes some time to understand its structure, all the subtleties and nuances. It also plays a role.
It is also worth understanding that in the United States this sport was cultivated as a "folk" sport. It was popularized within the country, not outside it. Much like country music. Therefore, amfootball is now the No. 1 sport in the states. But in the world its popularity is low (although with the development of the Internet, more and more people are fond of this sport).
Not entirely correct statement. The National Football League (NFL) play regular season matches at Wembley Stadium in London, as there is a huge demand for American football in England, the NFL even plans to host a Super Bowl final in London in the coming years. In other European countries, of course, there is no such excitement, most likely due to the fact that the NFL's marketing campaigns are mostly based on an English-speaking audience.