Wow Flobs the conservatives/extreme right are really scared that their particular concept of their WASP hegemony will be overturned by demographics.
I don't really see why they see football as part if the Islamic/cheese eating pacifist or even ex-communist European plot to dominate the world.
Perhaps they mistrust it because of its because of its international flavour
Yes, xenophobia plays a huge role in their lack of acceptance of football, IMO. Many people don't watch because they don't understand it, and it has a different "structure" from their traditional sports which they can't be arsed to wrap their heads around. It's just "not American". Disliking, or lacking any true interest soccer is viewed as evidence of true patriotism in some places. (I kid, I kid, but it does seem like it!)
Why does the time read upwards from 0-90 mins rather than count down the other way? *Most Americans love last minute "buzzer beater" plays. Being able to visually count down the clock increases their excitement, I guess.
And what? A whole 45 minutes of continuous play per half? What?! When do we get the beers?
They seem trivial, but the average American I've met honestly gives these as reasons why they refuse to get into soccer.
Also, those little things that have helped them over commercialize their sports - time outs, they won't get those in football, so TV isn't really crazy about it.