American Sports Going Global - a good thing or bad?

    When spring training ends in late March, the baseball players in the league are usually pretty excited to finally get to play for real. This year, a well-chosen team should be even more excited about the opening day of their games. Namely, the Dodgers, Padres, Athletics and Red Sox. Why? Because apart from the fact that it is the opening day, a memorable moment for any team, these four teams will play opening series overseas. The Dodgers play the Padres in China and the Boston Red Sox will face the Oakland Athletics in Japan, home of Boston ace pitcher Daisuke Matsuzaka.

    These international games are organized in line with the current trend in American sports bring in foreign places. For example, last season the NFL held a regular season game in London, England, the NBA played a variety of exhibition games in China (mostly due to the condition of star Yao Ming), and MLS organized and participated in many international friendly matches and tournaments.

    My question is what impact, if any, results in taking American sports global. And the impacts are worth it. To answer that question, ask the leagues. Is the NBA the same without Steve Nash, Dirk Nowitski or Pau Gasol? MLB is the same without David Ortiz and Albert Pujols? No. The fact of the matter is that American sports making to an international stage brings foreign talent that makes the league more competitive and the most interesting games for the fans, the fans, especially foreigners. Today, you could face the top five American NBA players against the top five international players and have a very competitive game. Would it have been the case 15 years ago when Jordan and Magic Johnson were playing? Not a chance.

    Another reason why sports activities in foreign countries is a good thing becomes apparent when you take a look at business income. By attracting a larger audience base worldwide, the league of the NBA, MLB and other major sports earn more money. Clothing sales and royalties from televised games are the greatest of all time. The leagues are making more money which in turn allows them to plan for the future, invest your money wisely, and ultimately, improve the league. Any way you slice it, going global is a marked improvement.

    But what about all the opponents who argue that foreign influences are changing the games that Americans have grown up with? Some feel that sports today are so different from the past that we can not call American sports. But now must be called international sports. And honestly, there is some truth in that. But if you take a look at how the sport has changed, you will see that evolution is to blame for the changes are not foreigners. Take for example the changes that have occurred in the NBA in recent years. On the day before basketball, shooting and passing grandmother rebound textbooks were the norm. In contrast to this style of play, the league today is governed by an ally oop dunks and crossovers. However, you have to wonder if these changes can be attributed to foreign influence. In my opinion, the changes can be attributed more to youth players like Lebron James and Allen Iverson of the foreign players.

    In summary, with American sports world is a good thing. Lists of the leagues' are more talented and their wallets are fatter than ever. How can you argue with that?

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