Recently, we talked (well, I talked and you rolled your eyes) about the Americanisation of Australian sport. I said I didn’t think it was a good idea because it’s taking something so pure (for lack of a better word) and commercializing it. Sure, this happens all the time but in this case, not only is it sad to watch it’s also unsustainable.
For starters, Australia isn’t big enough. It’s big, , sure, but in comparison to the US it’s just not big enough. There are about 22 million people in Australia (give or take a baby or two). The US has about 315 million. That’s… heaps. There are a few implications for this but two big ones.
Let’s get one thing straight here: no matter what happens, the sports business in Australia will never be the same as the sports business in the US. It’s just not going to happen.
Now I know that some people like to talk about the Americanisation of sport in Australia and yes, there are things Australian sporting codes are adopting because they have worked so well in the US such as salary caps, the reverse order draft, and free agency. The primary reason for this is because the leagues want to make a better game. Better games mean more fans and more fans mean more money. EVERYTHING is [nearly] ALWAYS about money. But is it working well? Eh. Not in my opinion.