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    American Rules Football as Olympic Sport

    I think it could be doable, There are enough countries that have 'pro' leagues of American rules football now. US could use amateur athletes in it.
    Main problem would be frequency of games. Probably would only be able to take 8 or so team to the actual olympics.


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    Re: American Rules Football as Olympic Sport

    Quote Originally Posted by wartknight View Post
    I think it could be doable, There are enough countries that have 'pro' leagues of American rules football now. US could use amateur athletes in it.
    Main problem would be frequency of games. Probably would only be able to take 8 or so team to the actual olympics.
    Well, if that happened, in our discussion of college athletics, we could no longer use the term "olympic sports" to describe non-revenue sports.

    As this would cause too much confusion, I am against this.


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    Re: American Rules Football as Olympic Sport

    Probably won't ever happen. If people thought the '92 dream team vs the field was lopsided, football would be a bloodbath even with only college athletes. The US could use the division 3 national champs and beat everyone else.



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    Re: American Rules Football as Olympic Sport

    Quote Originally Posted by wartknight View Post
    I think it could be doable, There are enough countries that have 'pro' leagues of American rules football now. US could use amateur athletes in it.
    Main problem would be frequency of games. Probably would only be able to take 8 or so team to the actual olympics.
    I don't know if there is enough popularity in the world to justify in the olympics, it would be really expensive, and would be the largest team sport. Also the US would be really dominant so I don't know if other countries would be in favor of adding it.



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    Re: American Rules Football as Olympic Sport

    Rugby would be more likely.



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    Re: American Rules Football as Olympic Sport

    Never. They won't even keep baseball or softball in and they are played a lot more world wide than American football.



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    Re: American Rules Football as Olympic Sport

    Quote Originally Posted by Cyclone711 View Post
    Rugby would be more likely.
    I believe they are bringing back Rugby in 2016.

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    Re: American Rules Football as Olympic Sport

    Quote Originally Posted by longtimeclone View Post
    I believe they are bringing back Rugby in 2016.

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    Rugby Sevens will be added. A paired down less time consuming match and wears less on all involed so they can play multiple match in a few weeks.



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    Re: American Rules Football as Olympic Sport

    this is silly.


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    Re: American Rules Football as Olympic Sport

    No way the rest of the world would just hand USA another gold medal like that



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    Re: American Rules Football as Olympic Sport

    Golf is coming back in 2016 after an unexplainable 112 year absence.

    Easily the most internationally played, followed and highly participated sport not in the games.



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    Re: American Rules Football as Olympic Sport

    Maybe in 60 years if it gains enough worldwide popularity.



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    Re: American Rules Football as Olympic Sport

    Quote Originally Posted by longtimeclone View Post
    I don't know if there is enough popularity in the world to justify in the olympics, it would be really expensive, and would be the largest team sport. Also the US would be really dominant so I don't know if other countries would be in favor of adding it.
    Then explain how curling became an Olympic sport? Who in the hell plays that?

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    Re: American Rules Football as Olympic Sport

    Quote Originally Posted by whirlybirds View Post
    Then explain how curling became an Olympic sport? Who in the hell plays that?
    Looks like curling came back in the 1998 games. It is also an event in the Paralympics.

    Looks like most of the teams that compete in the winter olympics also try to qualify for curling. Australia even has a men's team.



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    Re: American Rules Football as Olympic Sport

    Quote Originally Posted by Senolcyc View Post
    Never. They won't even keep baseball or softball in and they are played a lot more world wide than American football.
    Spot on, was going to post this exact point myself.



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