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#1 Posted on 24.6.04 0949.59
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I am shocked and somewhat amazed by this:
    Originally posted by Richard Sandomir in the 6/24/04 New York Times
    If Kal Patel is right, a professional cricket league in the United States is the next logical step in the sport's global growth. But not traditional cricket where matches take five days, or even one-day affairs that last seven to nine hours.

    No, Patel, commissioner of the newly created American Pro Cricket, believes that sports fans, not just expatriate or visiting Indians, Pakistanis, New Zealanders, West Indians, South Africans, British and Australians, will embrace speedy three-hour cricket (with its own version of the designated hitter, which might rankle the five-day purists) as well as the presence of 40 international stars, including Ajay Jadeja, batsman and Bollywood star, who will be sprinkled among the teams.


Your teams are:
Chicago Tornadoes
DC Forward
Florida Thunder
Jersey Fire
Los Angeles Unity
New York Storm
San Francisco Freedom
Texas Arrow Heads

I may have to go check this out. This is unreal...
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#2 Posted on 24.6.04 1305.31
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I say if you came correct, you could do it. But you've got to make it unique. Nobody's going to watch Baseball-light. A real Cricket league with One-day matches (NOT the traditional ones - that's too much) could work if marketed differently.

Regardless of the style, it's a huge mistake not to start with the expatriots. NOBODY watches a sport where they don't know the rules, and in something as complicated as cricket, the only way to really know how it works is to watch the game with someone who does - I.e. the expatriot crowd. Start with them and count on them to spread the work to others.
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#3 Posted on 24.6.04 1458.55
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It's a good idea, with good foundations, but the thought that I'll only see this stuff while channel surfing around 3 in the morning on ESPN: Obscure kinda brings it back down.

Hell, MLS is only advertised on TV around here on HTS, Hometown Sports, which is usually too busy covering the 0's, Wizards, and Caps, all of which get more airtime than any soccer, and the DC United is the most recent DC team to have actually won a damn championship.
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#4 Posted on 24.6.04 1545.11
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Fire, Tornado(e)s, Thunder, Storm -- that'll be the Disaster Division. Freedom, Unity & Forward -- that'll be the Happiness Division. And Arrow Heads is just weird.
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#5 Posted on 25.6.04 0606.43
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    Originally posted by Lexus
    Hell, MLS is only advertised on TV around here on HTS, Hometown Sports, which is usually too busy covering the 0's, Wizards, and Caps, all of which get more airtime than any soccer
That's a blast from the past; it hasn't been HTS(Home Team Sports, not Town) since I think Spring 2001 when Comcast bought it...
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#6 Posted on 28.6.04 0804.37
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Yeah, because everyone knows that all cricket needs in America is a professional league. Then, by God, people will watch that instead of football, baseball, basketball, hockey or watching paint dry!
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#7 Posted on 28.6.04 0915.43
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    Originally posted by ekedolphin
    Yeah, because everyone knows that all cricket needs in America is a professional league. Then, by God, people will watch that instead of football, baseball, basketball, hockey or watching paint dry!







Looks at hockey ratings: I think you need to put watching paint dry above hockey on the list.
I'm still waiting for the American Professional Australian Rules Football League. Now that would draw in people.
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