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America and UK struggling to share sports

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America and England exchange tourists on a daily basis, with the relationship between the two countries tightly linked.

However in sporting terms, the two nations have struggled to cooperate on the same level.

Football, as we call it in England, has been our most popular sport for a number of years now and millions of people watch the Premier League from all over the world.

Sport in America is also huge, with the likes of hockey, basketball and baseball capturing the imagination of people across the largely populated country.

However, American Football (NFL) is regarded as the top sport in the States, with the Super Bowl attracting millions of viewers worldwide for the season finale, being one of the most watched sporting events in the world.

With all this in mind, why is it that two of the most famous countries in the world are still struggling to share their strongest sports with one another?

In 2007, David Beckham arrived in the United States after signing a contract with LA Galaxy and it was no secret that the players’ move was also an attempt to raise the profile of ‘soccer’ on the other side of the Atlantic.

Since retiring, the ex-England captain has formulated plans to create his own MLS (Major League Soccer) franchise and further improve the popularity of the sport in the USA.

But for all his efforts, the people of America remain stubborn with their interests and seem unlikely to change preferences as their beloved American football teams arrest their ability to acquire interest in a new sport.

Moving across to the UK, a recent attempt to promote the NFL in our capital city has been a small success in the grand scheme of things.

Sky Sports has played a huge part in generating an initial fan base for the sport, however the staging of competitive games at Wembley has given the sport a chance to attract new interest from the British public.

Unfortunately, football is so strong in this country that it suffocates other sports and allows a small percentage of attention to be shared across the board.

With rugby and cricket also pocketing a section of sporting fans, the breakthrough of a game
played thousands of miles away across the Atlantic is a tough task to say the least.

On a positive note, both sports have definitely made progress opposite countries and the ambition to develop the relationship is ongoing.

Unfortunately, a countries’ strength can also be its weakness and although the inclusion of both sports are a work in progress, there seems to be little room for expansion, as football and NFL continue to dominate in their respective places of birth.

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