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Football is one of the most popular sports in America; with some claiming it is the largest. One way to measure a sport’s popularity is by looking at viewership numbers, and on this front football dominates. In 2012, 158 million people watched an NFL game on TV (nearly half of America). This was more than any other major televised sporting event that year (the Super Bowl or World Series). On top of that, 45% of all TV households in the United States tuned into a professional football game at some point during its season. Compare this to Major League Baseball where only 4% of all households watched a game during its season. Similarly, basketball has significantly less viewers than football: 33 million compared to 158 million in 2012.

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Source: sportingnews.com

Soccer also falls behind football as far as total viewing hours. However, soccer appears to be gaining momentum with younger audiences. The NFL also struggles when it comes to social media channels like Twitter, which is dominated by NBA athletes such as Kobe Bryant and Kevin Durant who have over 2 million followers each. And while social media isn’t a primary metric for determining popularity of a sport, these statistics suggest the public prefers watching basketball stars’ Instagram photos than those from football players such as Richard Sherman. For now, many are still content believing football is America’s favorite sport – but if trends continue, we may soon find ourselves cheering for another team altogether!

The Popularity

Source: 90min.com

The National Football League has been around since 1920. It is a professional American football league consisting of 32 teams, divided equally between the National Football League’s two conferences, the American Football Conference (AFC) and National Football Conference (NFC). The NFL is one of North America’s four major professional sports leagues, which includes Major League Baseball (MLB), Major League Soccer (MLS), and the National Basketball Association (NBA).

In 2017, there were an estimated 17.4 million people that attended at least one game in person. That number does not include those who watch on TV or online. On average, it is estimated that 161 million people watched at least one NFL game in 2017. With these numbers, the NFL is considered to be one of the most popular sports in North America. It attracts more viewers than other well-known sports such as soccer, baseball, basketball and hockey.

Source: sharpfootballanalysis.com

Some fans think that the rise in popularity of American football can be attributed to its high level of competitiveness compared to other team sports like soccer or basketball. However, others argue that this increased popularity can also come from how easily accessible it is with many different games being aired nationally throughout the week by ESPN and Fox Sports alone. Either way, football games are entertaining for all audiences including both men and women. For example, the Super Bowl is seen by about one billion people worldwide. And even though football may be seen as a manly sport, today there are female players who have their own opportunity to play in college or even professionally.

There are three women’s pro leagues: Legends Football League, Women’s Professional Football League and Women’s Tackle Football League. These women face the same physical risks as their male counterparts so they wear just as much protective gear. Just because it isn’t often talked about doesn’t mean females aren’t present in the sport!

The Players

Source: sports.yahoo.com

The National Football League (NFL) is considered to be one of the most watched sports in America. You could say it’s even more popular than baseball. But does that mean it’s actually bigger than Major League Baseball (MLB)? The answer is not as simple as it seems.

The NFL has 32 teams and 17 games played on Sundays, whereas MLB has 30 teams and 162 games played throughout a season. This means that more people would have to watch football on TV or in person at a stadium than baseball, which means more money being made by sponsorships and ticket sales for each sport respectively. It also may take more skill to play the game itself, but this doesn’t seem like an accurate factor in determining size. What matters is who has been able to draw a larger audience and make more money from them over time – as far back as 1975, when both leagues had only 26 total teams. In 1990, when there were 27 NFL franchises and 24 MLB franchises, both leagues earned about $1 billion annually from sponsorship deals alone.

In 2010-2011 with 31 franchises for the NFL and 29 for MLB combined, the difference was even greater – with revenues reaching $3 billion per year for the former league versus $2 billion per year for Major League Baseball. So it’s pretty clear that the NFL generates more revenue than MLB. Even though baseball still gets a lot of attention and can still bring in some good ratings, football just might be America’s favorite sport.

Conclusion

The NFL is the most watched league in America, which is why they are often considered to be one of the biggest sports. However, there are many other leagues and games around the world that can also be considered to be big sports. Soccer, for example, is a popular league around the world with teams in all but four countries. So while it may not be fair to say that football is ‘the’ largest sport because there are so many other factors to consider like global popularity and viewership, it can certainly still be argued that it is one of them.

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We Have Lost Our Soul https://vermontrepublic.org/we-have-lost-our-soul/ Tue, 11 Jun 2019 13:22:16 +0000 https://vermontrepublic.org/?p=1031 Economist Paul Craig Roberts recently wrote that “the United States is an immoral country, with immoral people and an immoral government.” Continuing he added that, “Americans no longer have a moral conscience. They have gone over to the Dark Side.” We are currently engaged in three highly visible immoral wars in Afghanistan, Iraq, and Palestine, …

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Economist Paul Craig Roberts recently wrote that “the United States is an immoral country, with immoral people and an immoral government.” Continuing he added that, “Americans no longer have a moral conscience. They have gone over to the Dark Side.”

We are currently engaged in three highly visible immoral wars in Afghanistan, Iraq, and Palestine, the latter through our proxy Israel. Most Americans and, indeed, most Vermonters couldn’t care less. The peace movement in Vermont is dead in the water. The Quakers have pulled out and the Peace and Justice Center is no longer in the peace business. The prevailing attitude is “I’ve got mine, Jack.” It’s as though we have lost our soul.

Senators Patrick Leahy and Bernie Sanders and Congressman Peter Welch pretend to be opposed to these wars but do little to stop the carnage. If they were truly committed to ending the violence they would:

1. Call for the immediate withdrawal of all U.S. troops from Afghanistan and Iraq.

2. Vote against all military appropriation bills, particularly those supporting these illegal wars.

3. Vote to cut off all military aid to the state of Israel.

4. Discourage young Vermonters from joining the National Guard and putting themselves at risk of being called upon to fight in Afghanistan and Iraq.

We Have Lost Our Soul
source: twitter.com

5. Discontinue the practice of appearing at farewell ceremonies honoring those Vermonters who are about to be deployed to Afghanistan and Iraq. (You can’t have it both ways.)

The U.S. government has lost its moral authority. Members of the duplicitous Vermont Congressional delegation should be held accountable for their support of our government’s illegal actions. Those who vote for these ciphers are also morally responsible for the grievous results. For how much longer will freedom loving Vermonters support the Evil Empire?

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Thomas H. Naylor

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The Vermont Military Mafia https://vermontrepublic.org/the-vermont-military-mafia/ Thu, 04 Apr 2019 08:42:29 +0000 https://vermontrepublic.org/?p=688 Who could have ever imagined that tiny Vermont, the home of “socialist” Bernie Sanders and once considered to be the most left-leaning state in the United States, would now find itself under the political control of five hard-core military superhawks committed to transforming Vermont into the Pentagon’s flagship state for reinvigorating and expanding the military’s …

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Who could have ever imagined that tiny Vermont, the home of “socialist” Bernie Sanders and once considered to be the most left-leaning state in the United States, would now find itself under the political control of five hard-core military superhawks committed to transforming Vermont into the Pentagon’s flagship state for reinvigorating and expanding the military’s presence in the Northeast.  But that is exactly what has happened in the Green Mountain State.  Senators Patrick Leahy and Bernie Sanders, Congressman Peter Welch, Governor Peter Shumlin, and Adjutant General Michael Dubie have teamed up to form what is effectively a defacto Vermont Military Mafia for promoting increased defense spending in Vermont and the rest of the Northeast.

The VMM first revealed its hand when the Air Force announced that it was considering replacing the Vermont Air National Guard’s aging fleet of F-16 fighter jets with controversial new, state-of-the-art F-35 jets which cost a cool $115 million a pop.  Led by Major General Dubie, the five members of the Vermont Military Mafia soon became the state’s leading cheerleaders for the F-35s manufactured by Lockheed Martin, the world’s largest defense contractor.

Leahy, Sanders, Welch, and Shumlin all pretend to be political liberals, which they are not.  General Dubie heads up the Vermont National Guard where he has been responsible for recruiting and training young Vermonters for deployment to Afghanistan and Iraq.  His brother Brian was the Republican Lt. Governor of Vermont for eight years.  Brian is a member of the Air Force Reserve and an American Airlines captain.

The Vermont Military Mafia
source: washingtonpost.com

One of the Vermont Military Mafia’s most successful ventures to date involved recruiting the U.S. government-owned Sandia National Laboratories to Vermont.  Sandia, whose historical origins can be traced back to the Manhattan Project in World War II, designs, builds, and tests weapons of mass destruction.  It recently entered into a partnership with the University of Vermont to develop a center to study energy efficiency, renewable energy, and electric grids.  UVM received a $9 million grant from Sandia.  Senator Sanders was the point man on this project with support from General Dubie.  Sandia is operated under contract by Lockheed Martin. Dubie is close to Lockheed Martin and was awarded an honorary doctorate by the UVM Board of Trustees.

As evidence of how effective this cozy relationship has been, Leahy, Sanders, and Welch recently announced that President Barack Obama had nominated Michael Dubie to be Deputy Commander of the U.S. Northern Command, NORTHCOM, based at Peterson Air Force Base in Colorado Springs, Colorado.  During an interview on Vermont Public Radio on May 15th the general with the teddy bear like demeanor revealed to the public for the first time what he is really all about and most likely why Obama chose him for such an important job in the first place.  Dubie expressed the view that the F-35s were critical to the future of Burlington International Airport, regardless of the environmental consequences, and that he was concerned over the number of Air Force bases which had been closed in the Northeast over the past two decades.  He felt that beefing up the Vermont Air National Guard with F-35s was a step in the right direction towards strengthening the Air Force’s presence in New England.  Although he refused to discuss his new job, he showed considerable passion over the future of the Air Force in the region.

Dubie indicated that his political handlers had advised him not to talk about his future responsibilities at NORTHCOM prior to confirmation by the Senate.  Several years ago NORTHCOM attracted a lot of attention when it was revealed that if martial law were ever declared in the United States, NORTHCOM would be responsible for planning and organizing it. Maybe General Dubie didn’t want to get near that topic.  Also, he once proposed that the Vermont National Guard be morphed into an international center for drone aircraft.  No doubt drones are an integral part of NORTHCOM’s agenda.  Incidentally, not surprisingly, Lockheed Martin is a major player in the drone aircraft market.  All five members of the VMM are enthusiastic supporters of drones.

It’s hard to believe this is really happening in Vermont, the state in which 180 towns passed resolutions calling for a nuclear freeze in complete defiance of President Ronald Reagan back in the 80s, the state where 50 towns voted to end the war in Iraq in 2005, and 36 towns demanded that George W. Bush and Dick Cheney be impeached in 2007.  It’s all about money, jobs, political power, and Lockheed Martin.  Could it be that Lockheed Martin hopes to replicate in New England the political clout which Boeing wields in Chicago using the Vermont Military Mafia to pave the way?  It has happened so fast that it is breathtaking.

Lockheed Martin
source: wsj.com

One unanswered question remains. How is it possible that the career of the unassuming head of the National Guard of the nation’s second smallest state could take such a quantum leap forward?  Dubie was basically an undistinguished Pentagon apparatchik doing his nondescript bureaucratic job in Vermont.  The answer lies with Leahy and Sanders who are very close to Obama. Dubie may soon be in Colorado, but he can still do a lot for Vermont and in so doing lay the groundwork for a 2016 run for governor, when Shumlin runs for the U.S. Senate following Leahy’s retirement.

At a recent public hearing on the environmental impact of the F-35s representatives of the VMM justified the noisy, expensive, high-tech instruments of death with the quip, “Freedom is not free.”  But does it mean that the state of Vermont must sell its soul to Lockheed Martin and the American Empire to support war against the enemy of the month chosen by our sociopathic leaders to demonize.  Apparently, so.

Thomas H. Naylor

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