>>Americans like to see Americans winning. >
>While Americans like to see Americans winning --
>in most countries, a sport's popularity is linked
>to how well their countrymen do it -- it goes
>beyond it. Please explain why golf, tennis, &
>figure skating are all popular in the States!
>Even gymnastics & boxing get higher TV ratings.
>None of those sports was developed in the U.S., &
>the U.S. is arguably less successful in these
>sports than in track & field. Sergio Garcia,
>Annika Sorenstam, Anna Kournikova, Lennox Lewis,
>Martina Hingis (we can go back as far as you
>like), etc. are much more famous here than Marion
>Jones or Maurice Greene. Perhaps you should
>ACTUALLY KNOW SOMETHING about U.S. sports
Anna K is not as popular as she is because of her tennis prowess. Women's tennis is more popular than men's tennis because of the success of the Americans currently i.e. the Williams sisters plus Davenport and Capriati. If I have to explain to you why Golf is as popular in this country you're not paying attention. If the sport had to depend on Sergio Garcia for attention there would be none.
Track has never been as popular as these sports in this country. The gap has simply widened. Marketing is a big problem. I still await the first ESPN advertisement for the World Champs. If people don't know it's on they can't watch.