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Pro sports... in countries that are not known for the sport
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Pro sports... in countries that are not known for the sport
It started last year as a joke with my friend when we were watching the soccer World Cup on TV:

TV Announcer - ... the young defender, playing for the Los Angeles Galaxy...
My Friend: ... wow, LA Galaxy huh? That's just another way of saying he sucks

And it got me thinking, MLS is not a very well respected league for soccer. Just look at the 3 finalists of the last MLS MVP award:
  • David Ferreira (winner) - never appeared in the world cup, 31 years old, played for a Colombian club and a Brazilian club
  • Edson Buddle - played at MLS most of his career, had 2 appearances in the last world cup
  • Chris Wondolowski - at 28 made his first USA team national appearance.

In fact, if you look at the 2010 USA world Cup team, of the 23 players, only 4 were on active MLS rosters, 5 if you count Jay DeMerit, who was out of contract at the time but plays for Vancouver. So our countries best players hone their skills in other, more competitive leagues.

Now, it got me thinking - how does that work with other sports? (thanks to youngmobileglobal for the inspiration).

Do you make a lot of money, compared to the cost of living? Are you worshiped as a super athlete even though you would get absolutely dominated? Because, when you look at it, there are a LOT of professional sports teams out there.

For example, in Ice hockey (The sport I played and was good, but not D1 college scholarship good at) you have the following leagues:

The NHL - the fucking big dogs. Top of the top.

KHL - the Russian hockey league that continuously signs aging NHLers to contracts that the NHL wouldn't dare give them anymore. If you looked at the 2010 Winter olympics, team Russia in particular, you noticed that the KHL guys were a LOT slower than their NHL counterparts.

..... but if you look closely:
There are professional hockey leagues EVERYWHERE.
Now, I know I could never cut it with the Philadelphia Flyers, but what about the Dublin Flyers? not bear enough to play for the Boston Bruins? Well what about the Shanghai Dragons?

Ice hockey not your cup of tea? Well, what about:
American Football:

Anyway, I was wondering if anyone out there knew more about sports outside the accepted major leagues - most importantly - the money, perks, fame and cost of living. Cause if this shit is good, I might just have to get back into skating shapeSmile
06-03-2011 01:44 PM
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