sawyer wrote:Ice hockey in Europe:
no UK, after football they are obsessed with cricket and rugby
(almost) no Balkans.
weak leagues in ROU and HUN,
no POR, BEL, NED, GRE, etc
To be popular a sport must be accessible to many people.
One can take a ball and play football almost anywhere.
Or use a smaller ball to throw and catch, shoot at a goal/net –handball.
And as Karel said budgets and salaries are not everything. They are important but not the one and only factor.
I watch hockey only at WCh and Olympic games semifinals and finals.
I support European teams against North America and if USA plays against Canada my fav is Canada.
So everyone has their own preferences and I respect anyone’s choice about fav sports.
9. Great Britain - Elite Ice Hockey League 2,252
Icehockey is a lot more popular in GB than Basketball.
Medvescak Zagreb is the most popular club on the balcan now days.
IceFever - Medveščak-Olimpija Ljubljana, Arena Zagreb
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zrGrUWoHVxs (16.000 fans)
Medveščak - Vienna Capitals
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VYxUgucn ... re=related
ITA/FRA plays icehockey world cup. ITA have a decent league just as France.
Weak league even in Latvia but do you know that Icehockey is a lot more popular in Latvia than football ?.
When Sweden and Canada play in Budapest, 10.000 fans.