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10-31-2012, 10:03 PM
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NFL is popular because Americans like football a lot more than anything else. I think the parity helps, but the main issue is just that Americans really, really love football.

NBA has been doing well in recent years without parity. Either Kobe Bryant or LeBron James have been in the NBA Finals each of the last 6 years. Imagine if either Crosby or Ovechkin had been in the Stanley Cup Finals for 6 straight years.

The problem MLB and NHL are having is difficulty creating stars. National stars draw a national audience. NFL creates stars easily due to its popularity. NBA creates stars easily due to the nature of the game. A dominant individual player has more impact in basketball than the other pro sports. So the best player ends up winning championships, usually multiple times.

But the success of the NFL is not due to parity. It's due to football being football. And America loves football.

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