We asked around the office to name one Euroleague basketball team and only two of the ten people were able to name tea,s, is this just Ireland or does anyone care about the Euroleague.
The NBA which is now on Sky Sports has a huge following in Ireland and the rest of Europe but it would be hard to imagine any basketball fan in America to be able to name a team never mind the top players.
It is possible that Euroleague vs the NBA debate discussed on the 888 blogs brings up the main points why the European version is falling so far behind its American counterpart.
Football/Soccer is just so huge in Europe that every other sport is just falling miles behind, most people with an interest in sport could probably name 50 teams across europe and avid football fans could probably name well over 100. The press, radio and television sports bullets are generally always leading with the major soccer story. It’s the sport that gets all the attention. Liverpool manager Bill Shankly: “Some people believe football is a matter of life and death. I am very disappointed with that attitude. I can assure you it is much, much more important than that.”
The fact that Ireland does not have a team is a major reason why people here don’t know about the Euroleague and that there is no British team means virtually zero coverage of the games.
Another major point brought up in the blog is that the best talent from Europe will always try and make it in the NBA and would never choose to stay in Europe if they thought they could break the American league.
When Maccabi “Elite” Tel Aviv beat Washington Bullets in 1978 it looked like Europe could compete but as fans will know that was a one off and there have been serious drubbings in since with the match becoming nothing more than a novelty. The gulf between the leagues is just rising and it will be impossible to change that trend in the near future.