Sports in America: Four Ways MLB, NBA, and NFL Differ from the Rest of the World

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Sports in America: Four Ways MLB, NBA, and NFL Differ from the Rest of the World
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Let's face it, Americans love their sports.  We need our sports.  Crave them.  We live our lives in close, blissful (or not so blissful) harmony with our favorite leagues, teams, and athletes.

The status quo for the American sporting culture is set, and it's not changing anytime soon.  But as Americans spend their year dividing up their time between the big three leagues, we often forget that there's still a whole world out there, and we don't exactly constitute its entirety.  

Nor do we constitute its majority.  And neither do our sports.  Here are four ways that the most popular sports outside the U.S. are vastly different from our own, and why it could mean we're falling tragically behind in the biggest international competitions without even knowing.

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