So the U.S. bid for the World Cup is over as quickly as it began. We've got four more years to develop talent and prove we can compete on a global level.
I watched the game through an online chat room while working, and someone said, "300 million Americans and we can't find 11 decent soccer players." How very true. I thought about explaining why, but an economics discussion with a soccer Hooligan didn't seem like it would be very productive.
The truth of the matter is the Cubs just offered Jeff Samardzija, a college student at Notre Dame, 7.5 million dollars to choose baseball over football when he is drafted next year. Athletics is a business in this country, not something we love. The moneymakers are football, baseball, and basketball. We're barely keeping a national Hockey team afloat.
Kids love soccer. Someday, it will command the type of audience that will compel the owners to actually pay the players. When that happens, look out Brazil. We're coming for you.
For now, we'll keep juicing baseball, and football, and basketball. We'll keep fixing games in the name of the almighty dollar--until some starry-eyed kid takes a love of the game,
and sets the world on fire.
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