New NBA commissioner Adam Silver has done nothing but a great job since taking over for David Stern. He took a swift and strong stance against Donald Sterling, he's practiced open communication with the NBA players, he's tried to grow the game with use of additional games abroad and he showed class by having the league draft Baylor center Isaiah Austin after the young man was forced to the sidelines with a heart disorder. He loves basketball and he loves the NBA and he believes the league should rival the NFL's popularity.
Why shouldn't the NBA be popular? It's players are some of the most recognizable athletes in the world. The product is fantastic and it's a game that can be played from a very young to a very old age. Those facts have NBA commissioner Adam Silver wondering why the NBA can't rival the NFL's popularity.
In America, baseball is the past time but football is the sport. In fact, neither baseball nor basketball even come in second in popularity among sports in America. Coming in second is Nascar. However, that doesn't mean the NBA commissioner shouldn't believe in his product or think it should be just as popular as any other American sport.
“We ultimately should rival American football in terms of popularity,” Silver told WFAN host Mike Francesa on Thursday.
The fact is, the only way football falls out of the number one sports status in America is if it's no longer played. Maybe in a future where football is banned because of injury risk another sport can challenge or even surpass it's popularity.
American's just love their football. They love everything about it. From the rivalries, to the players, to the coaches to the mascots, to the tailgating, to the cheerleaders, to the violence, to the athleticism.
For whatever reason, basketball just doesn't capture everyone's enjoyment. Some people love it and some people hate it. For the most part, there aren't too many in-between.
The NBA will probably always have the most popular players. Their players are celebrated, advertised and are easily recognizable because they don't cover their faces to play their sport. However, Silver should probably work on something more realistic than trying to push the NFL off it's perch. It's just a battle the NBA can't win.
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