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02-19-2013, 07:37 AM
Mr Kanadensisk
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Originally Posted by Jussi View Post
Oh ffs, number of registered players worldwide, number of high level leagues, number of high level international teams. American football in basically the US and to a lesser extent Canada. Interest and tv viewership globally in Europe is much smaller.
I'd love to see some numbers to back up this claim. Football is the number one team sport in a country of over 315 million people. Hockey is number one in Canada and Finland with a combined population of only 40 million. Even the population of Sweden, Russia, Czech and Slovakia combined is only 168 million and it is far from the most popular team sport in those countries. In the USA hockey is down around 4th or 5th in terms of team sports and pretty much everywhere else it is a fringe sport at best.

In terms of global participation and fan support (I'm talking about people here, not just those outside of North America) I'm not so sure that hockey is bigger than Football. Again if you have some numbers please share.

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