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Steve Czaban is a 25 year sports radio veteran, who hosts an afternoon drive show in Washington D.C. "Czabe" also writes and edits his own commentaries for www.czabe.com and other on-line and print publications. He can be reached at czabe@yahoo.com.

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    Jerome

    Mr. Maverick actually DID lay out possible scenarios that could lead to the demise of ‘Da League’.
    And there is one I find intriguing, if not possible:

    It starts with the whole concussion issue. He makes the argument that parents aren’t going to be as supportive of their kids playing/choosing football as their sport, and that they might even actively steer their kids in any other direction. With the decline in popularity at the basic level, this could easily impact the sport at its highest.

    If a sport like soccer (fútball) became the most popular for high schoolers to play and watch in America, you can bet that it would become the same on the professional level. It is, in fact, it is the most popular sport in the world with multiple highly profitable professional leagues.

    That being said, there is a 0.5% chance I will watch even 10 minutes of an NBA game per season, including the during Finals (0.0% chance I watching a Mavericks game). However, if any NCAA conference tournament or National tournament game is on, I’m watching (even the NCAA regular season is more interesting than the NBA).

    And yes, I would watch more football at any level, if it was provided.

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    Jason Scholten

    I heard you going on this rant against what Cuban said on the show this morning, and all I can think of was that I remember YOU arguing this from the other side at the beginning of the last football season! “NFL is over-exposed” “Watered down content” ect ect ect. I couldn’t believe my ears, and I was hoping the whole time that Solly would start playing tape from about September of last year, where you were saying the same thing.

    Now about the “collapse”. I think you are taking that word too literal. A collapse doesn’t mean they will go bankrupt, but be a shell of the ratings powerhouse that they once were. Example – NASCAR racing. Look back to 2001, 2002, NASCAR was competing with the NFL for ratings, they were selling out every venue, and it looked like their popularity momentum couldn’t be stopped. Throw in a bunch of bad decisions by NASCAR itself, then have the same guy win the championship 6 out of 7 years, and now look where they have fallen. They don’t even sell out Bristol anymore, and that used to be one of the toughest tickets in sports.

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    H8dpack

    Czabe, Your last line there is the money shot. Can’t stand the players who think they are just entitled to anything and don’t have to follow any rules. Cuban has been blowing hard for way to long and the show is old.

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