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  1. I imagine youth participation numbers dropping is only a problem for the national team being able to have a deeper pool when fielding a competitive team. As far as the EFL goes, England will always have the benefit of having the world as its players pool. As someone mentioned earlier, there's players leaving clubs that regularly compete for spots in Europe to play for perpetual midtable clubs in the Premier League, and with all the pro clubs, a player from Italy who other wise would be on a semi-pro contract in Serie C can get a pro contract at a League 1 club. Its the same thing we have in the US, even if baseball youth numbers keep declining that just opens up more spots for Asian and Latin players while getting MLB to invest more in places like Australia and the Netherlands who already have shown they are capable of producing MLB caliber players with their limited means. Whereas if the footabll youth numbers were to drastically decline, well the NFL is screwed since no one else plays the sport.
  2. I found it humorous how in three sentences he contradicts himself: 1. Eating pizza is way to build up calories 2. Very next answer he says pizza is a cheat meal 3. Talks about sacrifices they make for their diet, if that sacrifice is eating pizza 25+ times a year sign me up Again, if this one interview is indicative of Super League's overall view on athletes' diets, well I guess its not much of a surprise that they are years behind another off the field aspect of a sporting competition or maybe they're just focused the national team:
  3. Other than a post on a fan message board, is there an actual source to this? I'm highly skeptical of this, as in the past 10-20 years there has been an emphasis on players' diets both in-season and off season across all sports, with many clubs having staff to plan and monitor their players diets. https://www.menshealth.com.au/nrl-player-diet https://www.zerotackle.com/nrl-players-eat-game-day-28191/#:~:text=2020 NRL Ladder %26nbsp%3B , 8 12 more rows https://www.sportsdietitians.com.au/factsheets/food-for-your-sport/food-for-your-sport-rugby-league/ https://coach.nine.com.au/diet/how-to-eat-like-an-nrl-player/0fcd2fed-de14-40d9-8137-cbd52783f7a6 But I guess if the Super League clubs are okay with their players eating pizza with a few beers after each game, if wouldn't be the most surprising thing, since rugby league administration in England tend to have an amateur mindset when it comes to running a sport compared to their NRL counterparts and officials in other sports as well.
  4. I agree on all that, nothing wrong with a league being sponsored and endorsing certain objects, just doubt their players will be enjoy pizza after every game. I've always found it humorous during the post-game press conferences you see soda bottles placed in front of the players for sponsorship reasons or is NASCARs case placed on top of the car, regardless of their soda drinking habit I doubt thats the last thing they'd want to drink right after a game/race.
  5. Sure theyre allowed.... but I doubt they will, the modern day athlete is pretty particular on their diet, especially in the middle of a season and weekly pizza and a few pints aren't usually part of their diet https://www.espn.com/espnw/life-style/story/_/id/21937867/eight-top-athletes-share-their-nutrition-tricks-high-performing-new-year
  6. Im not sure that's true. Yes, calories burned > calories eaten = weight loss, but what you eat and don't eat is also important, especially when trying to maintain an elite body that athletes have to do. There's plenty of interviews out there with professional athletes who talk about how their diet is a key factor in their performance especially as they get older and how they avoid certain types of food altogether, that your average in shape person has no problem eating from time to time.
  7. Little confused by that, are you saying they've sold the international rights to one company who in turns sells it off to individual countries, or just that Fox Soccer Plus agreed to air it but isn't paying anything for it, or something else?
  8. While thats great to hear, in an age of cord cutting, Super League needs to find a streaming alternative the way NRL has with watchNRL. As it stands now, if I want to watch it, I'd have to subscribe to youtubetv for 60 bucks a month then pay the additional 15 bucks a month for fox soccer plus. That's a ridiculous amount to pay for 2-3 games a week, when I can get 8 games a week plus additional content (though I rarely watch any of that) for 150 a year with the NRL. I'm curious to know what kind of money Super League is getting with its deal from Fox Soccer Plus.
  9. Eh, The only rule difference in baseball is the designated hitter, and that has temporarily changed this season and its only a matter of time before its permanent. Even with that rule difference it doesnt make for a completely different sport like Union vs League; its more like Super League vs NRL with their various rule differences. North Americans don't accept two different codes of gridiron football, only Canada does (and I'm not sure how popular the NFL is compared to the CFL up there). The rest of us don't know squat about it other than its where players who werent good enough for the NFL go.
  10. But to the unfamiliar eye, they look like the same sport, so people will continue thinking they are both rugby regardless of the name change. Most of the world doesn't even realize there's two different codes, I had a friend who played on a local rugby team here in the US, when I asked him union or league, he gave me a confused look and thought I was asking what league his team is in (fyi, it was union).
  11. I doubt a name change will really help at all. Instead of saying 'No this isnt rugby union this is rugby league' post name change you say, 'No this isnt rugby union this is [insert new name]'
  12. Like most US sports, it can trace its origins back to multiple games including many stick ball games that originated in England, but what would become the modern game of baseball was set up in and around New York City in the years preceding the Civil War.
  13. We also think its odd you have to subscribe to satellite tv to watch most sports and very little is on free to air
  14. And a rugby player only plays once a week. Each was has its pros and cons in this debate.
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