There's another reason football is more popular. It fits the TV screen better with both its rectangular field and also since all the participants can be captured in a single frame when they line up. TV has also adopted far more cameras than baseball has to follow individual action, such as a receiver flying downfield. Sports that fit the TV "eye" such as football and basketball (both rectangles) in a television age are at a huge disadvantage over baseball where the primary shot shows three people only--pitcher, catcher and batter. Much of what's going on in a game isn't seen by the camera which is a big reason people prefer to go to a game in person. It's a TV age--anything that's kind to the camera is going to dominate.
Since I do have an attention span, I have no trouble enjoying a baseball game. And with all the reviews done after each play, football isn't much faster than baseball anymore. I'll concede the cheerleaders.
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