- 06/25/2012, 06:17AM ET
HighwayCrossingFrog said 06/25, 06:17 AM
1. Create a 2nd tour de france, but have it in the southern hemisphere in january..
i know we have the tour of italy, but they kind of goof off there..
why not make a big time event in argentina??
you got the kick **** andes, big country and cool culture..
2. Rugby world cup at least every 2 years..
for rugby, international is where its at..
club level is like the minors..
3. In the years, where there is no euro or world cup in soccer..
have a bunch of cool, random international tournaments..
have like 4 tournaments, with fields of 8..
or just do world cup and euro every 2 years..
4. Offer bigger prize money for mixed doubles..
but who wouldnt want to see roddick flirting with sharapova,
and getting smelly sweaty hugs! Ha ha..
5. More international hockey!!
i love international hockey..
all 7 games of it:)
6. We put minor league teams up against japanese baseball..
we got to show japan some love here..
7. A super bowl in london!
it will force you yanks to get out of your borders for a change..
wembley stadium is a huge cathedral..
playing in the february rain, presents its own challenge..
mike_m235 said 06/25, 01:17 PM
I'm not going to change everything you have, because some of your ideas are cool. I especially agree with more international hockey.
Here are my main problems. A southern hemisphere bike race. First problem, it's a bike race and nobody cares unless it's the TDF. There are multiple races out there already that nobody cares about. Second problem is security. There's almost nowhere in the southern hemisphere where you can ride 2000 miles with any expectation of safety.
Superbowl in London...uh, no. The superbowl crowd already blows because normal fans can't afford to be there. Putting it in London would just make that worse. Bad weather? Sorry, but does the 2006 Bears-Colts SB ring a bell? Bad weather, crappy game. Snow makes football cool. Rain just makes it sloppy.
Mixed doubles...who cares?
For the soccer, there are already some of those international tournaments, but at the same time you have to remember that the World cup goes on for more than just one year with qualifying tourneys, etc., and FIFA isn't going to sponsor anything that draws attention away from the Women's WC which happens on odd years.
Will offer some of my own ideas next.
HighwayCrossingFrog said 06/26, 08:56 AM
In order for argentina to work..
big prize money needs to be offered..
its in january, so the riders have plenty of time to recover..
Italy doesnt work cause its too close to the timing of france..
if argemtina can get all the top guys..
they will have a product..
If we want nfl to grow, we need to be creative..
a classic sb in london..
would mean millions of new fans and more money..
emgland has a cult nfl following..
it would be a scene out of melrose place..
We could definitely have a major soccer tournament every year..
mike_m235 said 07/01, 05:23 PM
We need a basketball tournament that is the equivalent of the World Cup. We've got the olympics as the top basketball tourney right now -- but we need an odd year tourney that has some publicity. The world championships are a joke, but it could be good if it was done correctly.
We need a golf tourney that's played with partners. I don't care what the format is -- best ball, alternate shot -- maybe both in different rounds. It would be fun just to see who paired up.
The NFL in London is okay as is. I'm fine with giving them a game, but not THE game. If you want to shake up the superbowl, play it in towns in the US that don't normally get it.
mike_m235 said 07/01, 09:01 PM
That was funny. I have no response to that.
We kind of already do have a major soccer tournament every year. 3 years out of four we have world cup, Euro, and Confederations cup. The Confederations cup has never really been televised much in the US, but after the rating they got with the Euro, I think you'll see it in the future. The 4th year is the Women's WC, and I don't think you really want to stack a men's tourney on top of that. Okay, maybe you do...but I don't think major soccer does.
Plus you've got the Champions' league every year. That's not been a big thing in the US, but it will get more and more coverage, and really that's probably better soccer than most of the international stuff.
We also need international dodge ball.
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