All good things must come to an end. No one can predict the future, but this piece will be an attempt to decipher the signs and omens of the modern sporting world to give a glimpse of the direction of sports in America. How long will the NFL keep its stranglehold over the American viewer? Will the nation finally accept soccer and the metric system? In the year 2050 the picture of American sports has become unrecognizable after going through waves of change.
A lot has happened since the year 2016. America survived the Orange Rebellion, the Koreas finally reconnected, and the NFL collapsed. The demise of one of the most powerful sporting leagues in the world was gradual, but inevitable as scandals of all kinds compounded together to bring down the beast. The NFL boycott that started in 2016, swelled into a national movement after it was revealed that Goodell and the owners had been engaged in a pill-popping conspiracy, using medications cover up concussions. Parents all over the nation began pulling kids out of high school programs and while the NFL did not immediately feel the effects of the
movement, the quality of the game suffered over the years. Rating declines snowballed rapidly, climaxing in the 74th Super Bowl, where the Cleveland Browns won their first Lombardi in front of an audience smaller than the population of Wyoming. After this embarrassment the Canadian Football League bought out an NFL drowning in the debt it owed Twitter, and formed the North American Gridiron Association. NAGA did manage to regain some popularity, but remained comparable to the MLS of today.
Meanwhile after voting to leave the European Union and losing Scotland to another referendum, England became increasingly desperate for taxable income. After being sworn in as the new Prime Minister, J.K. Rowling saw an opportunity to see her country to the west. Seeing how the NFL was beginning to flounder and how popular British actors had become in the US, she decided to pour vast amounts of money and time into exporting association football to the United States. Sold as Football for Football, England touted the safety of the game to a nation that was realizing just how horrible its most popular sport could really be. The sport capitalized on the already large population of soccer moms and dads to springboard into the national spotlight. Many great English players were “encouraged” to join American teams for their star power and as the NFL fell the new Atlantic Premier league grew. The massive tax revenue saved the island nation from bankruptcy and allowed the people of England to continue to turn up their noses to the rest of Europe.
Soccer was not the only sport that saw a rise. In the year 2050 the “Big Four” of American sports became soccer, basketball, hockey, and quidditch. Yes quidditch. While basketball and hockey adapted to the anit-violent sports culture created by the NFL’s great scandal and baseball became the new golf, quidditch took a different path. As she was spreading association football to America, J.K. Rowling saw another opportunity growing in smaller colleges across the country. The gym class hero sport was gaining so much popularity in colleges that, in terms of players and local fans, it was beginning to rival college football. Using the money she was making off of the rapidly growing Atlantic Premier league, she invested in technology that would allow quidd
itch to be played the way it was always meant to be played, on flying brooms. The spectacle of the flying sport, with enough safety features to comply with the taste of the time, blew up in the collegiate and pretty soon the professional sporting world. The sport has not yet overtaken soccer as the most popular in the world as of 2050, but its inclusion at the 2052 Olympics may be the final step in its takeover.