NlolRL wrote: ↑Mon Mar 04, 2019 9:54 am
NRL&NFLweLaughATafl wrote: ↑Mon Mar 04, 2019 9:32 am
That joined countries arguement does not work. Mexico borders the U.S. And they don't play Gridiron at any profession level. Is all soccer.
It's a factor along with many other factors.
Can you think of other reasons why gridiron hasnt expanded? You make expansion sound so easy but it clearly is not
The simple fact is AFL is just not an internationally marketable sport. The rules and style of play are just way to unusual.
Rugby League is followed in PNG where union is virtually non existing.
So in effect RL has only expanded to one non-RU nation in the entire world, and that developing nation is crime ridden and broke, and a close neighbour with RL's largest homeland.
Union actually disadvantages League. If Union was not around. Rugby League would be way bigger than it is.
It has actually made things more difficult to expand. For example South Africa has banned Rugby League in it's schools.
At the end of the day like it or not. Soccer, League, Union and Gridiron have all had way more success than AFL globally.
Rugby League for example has professional teams in four other countries Canada, France, New Zealand & England.
AFL can't even get a decent feeder club outside Australia while Rugby League has teams in PNG and Fiji soon.
This really puts things into perspective.
As for Gridiron, the fact it has a second professional league in a country with a population of over 37 million. Says the sport has grown in neighbouring nations, unlike AFL.
Is a proven fact Victorians tried to convert NZ to their game in the early years of the sport. But there was just no interest.
I guess not much has changed