Will US Focus Kill Bleacher?

True BlueCorrespondent IMay 15, 2009

NEW YORK - APRIL 16:  A general view of an American Flag prior to the game between the Cleveland Indians and the New York Yankees during opening day at the new Yankee Stadium on April 16, 2009 in the Bronx borough of New York City, New York. This is the first regular season MLB game being played at the new venue which replaced the old Yankee Stadium as the Yankees home field.  (Photo by Nick Laham/Getty Images)

OK, before i start I do NOT have a problem with the US, its politics, its people or indeed its sports.

I am very much a fan of the US and follow many aspects of American life more closely than most, but  my interest in all things American also means i understand its US-centric viewpoint as well.

I fell in love with BR quite recently and enjoy it more, day by day - it's not just about the numbers of comments, edits or reads but we all appreciate that.

For me it most definitely IS about that great American ideal of freedom of speech. We have a forum now to make our views clear to others, comment on others and debate differences.

By nature however the whole BR experience is slowly becoming more centred on the US sports scene and that is likely to be the start of its decline.

Yes, BR is about getting the articles that the community wants to read at the top of the agenda. Spotlighting the most read, commented or fav' voted seems like the obvious way but it is also the 'tabloid' way.

I live in the UK and read the broadsheets not the red top, gutter press.

Why, because i want quality commentary and opinion not salacious gossip.

Part of that quality experience is the postive feel you get reading about new subjects, including sports.

I write predominantly about Football/Soccer, focused on the English Premier League.

I get a reasonable number of reads and my style and quality are, as far as i can tell well received by those who see my work.

But that's the problem, as the EPL is a minority sport on BR and no matter how well written or well received an article such as mine is it will never realistically get front page exposure.

Its a numbers game folks and, non-us sports are likely to wither on the BR vine.

It may not be important to the founders or the majority of the BR community and it may be an easier job running a 4 sport centred forum but i firmly believe it will be poorer for it.

I am aware that many here on BR are worried that quality is not rising to the top and many are urging action to give prominence to good journalistic efforts (not necessarily perfect, error free, professional work) and i heartily agree with that.

But we also need to make sure that ALL sports get space on the front page, at least periodically.

I am pretty certain that this article will not be widely read but I could have a rant about the NFL, pick out all the best points of the NBA or even attack a baseball players sexuality and get 20,000 views.

Maybe the BR community will prove me wrong and my 'back catalogue' will be read by thousands and this article will be the pick of the day, but then again maybe not.

I do fear that we will enter a period of diminishing returns as more people like me get frustrated and tired of being, to use an old family phrase the 'spare prick at a wedding'.

Feedback from the 4 founders would be interesting, but unlikely.

In any case I remain positive about the principle of BR and aim to be around for a while yet.