Are baseball and soccer really more boring than Football? Well, I looked into it. Here are some facts to start off with:
In 2010 in Major League Baseball, there were 22,113 runs scored in 4860 games, for a total of 4.55 runs per game.
Using 2011-2012 regular season stats, the English Premier League saw 1066 goals scored over 380 matches, which comes out to 2.81 goals per match
In the NFL, there were 1259 touchdowns over 256 games, an average of 4.9 touchdowns per game.
The average baseball game is 180 minutes, the average soccer game is 111 minutes, and the average football game is 187 minutes. These times include timeouts, quarter breaks, halftimes, stoppage time, etc.
Therefore, there is one run per 39.56 minutes in the MLB, one goal scored per 39.5 minutes in the EPL, and one touchdown per 38.16 minutes in the NFL.
Now what does all this mean? It means that all of these sports are just as boring as each other. They all have scores made in about the same amount of time. Now baseball and football are nearly twice the length of a soccer match, but they are scoring at the same pace.
Now, can we all really start saying that one sport is less boring than another? The numbers say they are all just as exciting as the next. Each sport has other “cheerable” events that were not included here, examples being football sacks, interceptions, big runs, and field goals. In baseball, a hit, a diving catch, a stolen base. In soccer there are skill tricks, shots on goal, great saves. These weren’t added in because the math would be too complex, but without putting numbers to it, these are maybe the important parts of how each game is perceived to be more excited than another.
Soccer is more interesting to me because I have lived with it, watching the strategy of the teams going against each other is fascinating. Watching the type of style each team is using for the game, how they react to the other team, and watching the endurance necessary for the players to play continuously for nearly 90 minutes, makes the sport fascinating.
On the flip side, the nuances of football and baseball then appeal to other people mattering on how you view these nuances of the game.
Many of us think that watching one guy throw a ball at a guy with a bat is boring. The man who grew up with the sport will find the intricate nature of the battle fascinating.
Many Americans think that seeing 22 guys in pads and tights throwing an egg shaped ball around on a field is fascinating. They enjoy the war-like battle on “The Gridiron” and how the coaches use their timeouts, what plays they run and when they run it.
It’s these things that make each sport the special thing that it is. The complaint for that is null, the numbers proved it. If we all wanted something that was just a scoring orgy, we all would watch basketball. Or maybe table tennis.