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Basketball vs. Soccer


Miami Heat or Spain? There are three types of people in this world, those who love soccer, those who love basketball, or those who love both sports. James Naismith invented basketball in 1891. Basketball is also a sport that is played around the world like soccer, but there is only one major professional basketball league in the world. It is the NBA (National Basketball Association) in the United States. There is no other basketball league in the world that reaches the level of the NBA. Though there aren’t many professional basketball leagues around the world, one event where Basketball is emphasized worldwide is the Olympics. The Olympic games first took place in 1894. Basketball came into the Olympics in 1936. Basketball quickly adapted itself into being a very popular sport even though it started out late. There is an estimated 350 million basketball fans around the world. The great majority of them are located in the United States.

On the other hand when you talk about soccer, you can find professional soccer leagues everywhere around the world. According to the website “History of Soccer”, soccer was created over two thousand years ago. The first professional modern soccer league was created in October of 1863 in England. The name of the person who created this league is unknown. Although there are hundreds of professional soccer leagues around the world, there are only a select few that are accepted worldwide. The European Soccer leagues are accepted today as the best on the planet. The second top soccer leagues are located in South America. Europe and South America are not the only place where they have soccer, but they are the only ones that people watch worldwide. Other countries also have fantastic soccer leagues, but are only watched in their countries. Comparing to basketball’s 350 million fans in the world, soccer has an estimated 3 billion fans in the world.


One of the things that soccer has is that countries bring out their most talented soccer players together to represent their country and compete against other teams around the world; this tournament is called the World Cup and it happens every four years. In basketball, the equivalent to soccer’s World Cup is the NBA Finals. The top two of the thirty franchised member clubs that are part of the NBA proceed to the NBA Finals. There are twenty-nine franchised member clubs from the United States and there is one from Canada that is in the NBA. The NBA Finals happen at the end of every season.

  Can the recent NBA final between the Miami Heat and the San Antonio Spurs be compared with the 2010 World Cup final between Spain and Holland? Which final was the one that showed most hype, emotion, passion, excitement, and love for their team? According to an article, in the Spain and Holland World Cup final, 3.2 billion people around the world turned on their televisions to watch that game. According to another article, when the Miami Heat and the San Antonio Spurs played, 23.4 million people watched the finals. As you can see there is a huge difference in the number of viewers. One of the main reasons that could possibly make an impact to these statistics is that the World Cup involves several countries and the basketball finals only involves teams in the United States including one from Canada. Another possible outlier is that the basketball finals occur after every season, while the World Cup only happens every four years. So which sport would you choose? Click on the link above on the left and let us know. Next issue we will publish the results!


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