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12-31-2012, 01:30 PM
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In 1950, US+Canada population was 165M. There were 46 Big 4 teams. 3.6M people per team.
In 2010, US+Canada population was 343M. There were 122 Big 4 Teams, 2.8M per team. 138 counting MLS, 2.5M/team. 146 counting CFL, 2.35M/team.
In 2030, US+Canada population projection is 413M.
In 2050, US+Canada population projection is 480M.

The history of population growth and sports franchise growth shows that each sport tends to grow slower than pro sports overall. The extra population probably won't be captured by one league growing to 40,50+ teams. But instead by all the leagues growing some and perhaps even new leagues for new sports starting up. Perhaps lacrosse or rugby. Or perhaps new individual sports like the burst of X-games style action sports that popped up in the 90s. It will be interesting to see.

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