You're right it was quite a rant. A rather childish one that seems to miss the point of the OP
Thanks for the explanation of how the term Super Bowl comes about. You didn't see the tongue in my cheek? How you equate that to ignorance of the sport is interesting.
The sport is big in the U.S. So what? Worldwide fan base? What did happen to the London Monarchs?
It's the razzamatazz around the sport, particularly who is lined up for the half time show, that is a major part of the promotion for the game. A very clever tactic in gaining publicity for a sport, that, outside of the U.S does not sustain any noticeable professional presence.
You're so wrapped up in it, you'll be suggesting rugby league introduces downs and plays quarters next.
These messages were brought to you by someone who actually does appreciate the athletes & skill involved, but who doesn't swallow the inane hype surrounding the game.
Caught up in the Hype surrounding the game?
I watch the sport for the sport. Not the stuff that comes with it. I have done since i was a kid. I pay £100 a year for Gamepass which enables me to watch my team every week, and any other game I want to watch. This service is available because there is such a demand for it worldwide. To me, if the Rhinos and Bucs ever clashed, I'd pick the Bucs match every time. This has nothing to do with any type of hype. This is to do with the love of my team and what happens on the field.
I didn't miss the op's point at all either. My post had nothing to do with it. There are sports I don't like but I wouldn't come out and talk down about them.
The Monarchs used to get decent crowds too. The German sides atracted 50k a week in NFLE too. At the end of the day though, it was a league full of below average players who weren't good enough (in general) for the main league.
Just look at the international series at Wembley over the last 7 years.
2013: 2 games this year, both sold out in a matter of days of the tickets going on sake. That's 170,000 tickets.
The only time it didn't sell out was in 2011 and that was lockout year where the players went on strike. The game wasn't confirmed until a month before because no one knew if there would be a season.
The NFL are also strongly considering introducing a London franchise too.
And of the 251 games played throughout an NFL season, only 1 has all the "razzmatazz" that surrounds it. When I've been to Ray Jay to watch the Bucs you get a flyover by the Air Force or coast guard (which has now been cut in Tampa), a local artist singing the national anthem and maybe a marching band at half time. It's very similar to half time at any other sport in the world. The Super Bowl hasn't always been like that either. The 1st few were played in front of poor crowds and slowly built their way up to what it is today. At the end of the day though, in the biggest sport in the States, in front of the largest TV audience of the year where companies pay millions just for a 30 second commercial, why not put on a show?
This sport has millions of fans world wide. It is growing too. The leagues in the UK are getting stronger each year. There were three British players signed to the nfl this year too. Tom Wort from Sussex who was signed by Tennessee but later waived due to a hamstring injury, Menelik Watson from Manchester who was drafted 43rd overall by the Oakland Raiders and Lawrence Okoye who was signed by the 49ers.
You may be thinking "3! Wow, that's not many" but this is in 1 year, in a country where of all the school kids playing, only 3 percent will make a college team. Of that 3%, only 1% will make it to the pros. You have to be great to even get to that level, then to stay there for more than a couple of years you have to be exceptional.
Anyway, the point I've been making is don't be disrespectful towards something you don't understand. Saying the majority of people just watch the sport for the added entertainment does a great disservice to the millions of us around the world who love the sport and to the athletes who bust their asses every week just to stay at the top. There is no better sport in the world for entertainment and excitement, speed, skill and aggression and that has nothing to do with 1 game a year that has a half time show.