It’s no exaggeration to call the United States of America world leaders in international sport. You only need look at the US Olympic Team’s dominant run in the 2016 Rio Games to see that when it comes to conquering track, field, pitch and pool, Americans are a tough bunch to beat.
Realistically, only the Soviet Union has ever really come close to giving the United States a serious run for their money when it comes to conquering the world of sport, coming second in the all-time Olympic medal table and outranking the likes of third-placed Germany and fourth-placed Great Britain by a sizable margin.
Yet for all their success, even the Russians can’t hold a torch to the States when it comes to one particular area of sport:
The international success of our most famous franchises and professional leagues.
Aided and abetted in no small part by the growth of the Internet and 24/7 on-demand media, our most famous sporting brands are no longer just household names here in America, but are rapidly becoming so right across the globe.
The likes of the National Basketball Association (NBA) and Major League Baseball (MLB) are as well known today in countries like the United Kingdom as they are here in the states, whilst individual team brands enjoy a reputation to rival anything enjoyed by the country’s biggest Premier League football teams such as Manchester United, Chelsea, and Liverpool.
That being said, the international acclaim of MLB teams like the New York Yankees and the Kansas City Royals, alongside NBA franchises such as the Los Angeles Lakers and the Chicago Bears is nothing compared to the overseas celebrity enjoyed by the country’s biggest sporting export: The National Football League.
Such has been the NFL’s explosion in popularity across the pond in recent years, that not only is the league’s crown jewel -the annual Super Bowl- becoming almost as big a deal on British shores as it is in the United States, but actually international games are now a staple of the annual football season.
It doesn’t end there, either.
The American influence on international sports has spread beyond merely spectating, and into a whole new world of gambling opportunities, as fans seek typically American style sports across the globe in order to find the biggest pay outs from the smallest investments.
Of course, thanks to the Internet, global time zone differences are hardly a factor. You can click here to watch live streaming of major sports events at any time of the day or night, and basically from all four corners of the world.
Whether it’s obscure basketball games taking place in the furthest reaches of Israel, or the latest ice hockey games from here in the United States, international punters have never enjoyed such scale, freedom, and flexibility to bet on sports.
Without the American influence, it’s doubtful that this would ever be possible.
The United States continuing to not only excel in International Sports, but to push aggressively for the global expansion of our most famous brands on a worldwide scale has done more than anyone could have predicted.
Yes, America has achieved its goal. Yes, it remains the undisputed king of the Olympic Games medal table, and yes, its biggest exports in the world of football, basketball, and ice hockey are as well known in small European villages as they are in the thriving metropolis of New York, but there’s more to it than that. Much more.
By going global, and by continuing to dominate international competition, US athletes, teams, and sports leagues have inspired punters to look beyond their local leagues for the ideal combination of top flight action and huge payouts.
After all, why wait days for the next big Premier League soccer game, when the best in International sports is only a click away?