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I know Americans are mostly caught up in the big 3? main sports being NFL, NBA, MLB, with NHL probably coming in 4th.
What I don't understand about popularity here is that TONS of people have tables in their homes/garages/work etc. Why is there such a disconnect between people playing it almost like a social gathering party game, and between people taking the next step and learning the sport. If you already have a table, you don't need to invest much more time. We have the internet for researching basic starting technique. You can play it during the winter months, and you don't have to worry about rain or traveling to a court somewhere.
Is it because there is no money in attempting to get really good at it here? Are there too many other diversion sports?
I was hoping the topic would be discussed a little more in depth with the Topspin documentary but i feel like they only brushed the surface. Ping pong puns.
This is an interesting and big question and not one limited to the America.
I think money is definitely one factor. Young people are seeing the big sports regularly and have the players from those sports to look up to. They don't know or hear much about the top Table Tennis players so don't aspire to be like them.
I think the organised sport is also not very attractive to the modern person time wise. Weekly competitions are played late at night with a slow format that requires you to be at a hall, usually cold, for 3 or more hours to play 3 or 4 games. Most other popular sports are done in under 2 hours.
Tournaments are waaaaay too long and have a format that only the die hards would put up with. Often you need to be in the hall for 6, 7 even 12 hours to play. You play whenever you are called which means you can sit around for hours on end without playing a game. Which young person of today will put up with that. They are the highlights generation, definitely no highlights in sitting around for 2 hours.
It is a great sport that has so much potential. With some changes the sport can be great. It is the first sport to have every country in the world affiliated. It is truly the global sport.
Intersting to hear other readers' thoughts.
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