I’m so jealous of other sports.
I never got into football, so I don’t ever watch it, but I’ve always been such a basketball junkie. I like baseball, but still hate how much more attention it gets than the NBA.
But I understand why.
NFL you have only 16 regular season games, NCAA you get 12, (both with one game playoff series) when you compare that to 82 and 35ish games for NBA and NCAA basketball (plus 7 game NBA playoff series), I get it. So many crappy, meaningless games in the basketball. A lot of 4 games in 5 nights in the NBA. In the NBA, I’ve already seen my team 3-4x this week, that next game doesn’t always seem that important. Also with so few games in football, every game really matters, 9-7 teams can make the playoffs, if this were the NFL the Bobcats, Magic, and TWolves would all be in the hunt for playoff spots, they probably won’t be at the end of the year in the NBA though. You can’t take a game off in the NFL like you can in the NBA.
Plus you basically have one day a week dedicated to football. Saturday for NCAA and Sunday for NFL. You have all week to think about your opponent, build up excitement, talk trash to your friends, co-workers, family about the game. You don’t have that in other sports. That excitement build up definitely helps. And that one day a week of NFL football is on a day where majority of Americans have the day off, and can watch football all day.
With football, everyone fan gets to play the coach. It’s like a big chess game. 4th and 5, do you punt? Do you run? Do you pass? What kind of D do you play? After every play you get to think about things like that, and I think most people love it, especially because most people think they’re so smart. Nobody is watching basketball thinking “I hope Doc calls for a ball screen flare action here coming out of this timeout.”
These are some of the reasons I think football is so much more popular than basketball. And I don’t even like football.