10 Reasons Why American Football Will Succeed In India

10 Reasons Why American Football Will Succeed in India

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American football and the NFL have shown just how successful the sport can be both in terms of providing entertainment and bringing in substantial revenue. With the introduction of football to India through the EFLI (Elite Football League of India), there is now an even larger market that will obsess over the game Americans all know and love. American football will take over India just like it did here in the U.S.

10. Teams From All Over South Asia

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10. Teams From All Over South Asia

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The EFLI includes teams from India, Pakistan and Sri Lanka. American football will help get rid of cultural and religious barriers that each country had in the past.

“We started seeing more players from both countries conversing on the sidelines,” said Evan Rosenfeld, director and producer of Birth of a Sport. “It all culminated in one of the most amazing moments we have on film.”

9. Tailgating Will Become the Next Big Trend in India

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9. Tailgating Will Become the Next Big Trend in India

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Tailgating is an integral part of the sport and its atmosphere.

Good news -- Indians love to party, drink and eat food. Tailgating will go to a whole new level in India with street food, parades and celebrations.

8. Indians are Very, Very Intelligent

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8. Indians are Very, Very Smart

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There’s no need to hide the fact that Indians are some of smartest people in the world. Football, although looked at primarily as a physical sport, takes a great deal of mental aptitude and mental toughness. The game may even evolve in India, becoming even more strategic and calculated.

7. Structure to Help Unprivileged Children

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7. Structure to Help Unprivileged Children

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Not only will the league make money and provide entertainment for India, the league structure will also work to improve the quality of life of underprivileged children in India.

“I believe we will be able to use the great game of football to truly impact the people of India, both on and off the field, and help many to improve on their quality of life," said Mark Wahlberg, equity holder of EFLI.

6. American Football Pays the Big Bucks

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6. American Football Pays the Big Bucks

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American football pays its players LOTS and LOTS of money. Cricket, field hockey and soccer do not -- at least not nearly as much as American football.

5. American Football and Television are Perfect Match

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5. American Football and Television are Perfect Match

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According to PricewaterhouseCoopers, the Indian television market will grow 18 percent per year until 2016, and revenues from pay television and cable and satellite revenues are expected to reach $ 16 billion by 2015. Football and television go together like peanut butter and jelly, or rice and lentils (dal) if you will.

4. Population of India Will Play Big Factor

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4. Population of India Will Play Big Factor

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The sheer numbers of India’s population gives American football and the EFLI more potential than anyone could ever imagine. There’s a reason co-CEO Richard Whelan expects EFLI teams to one day rival the monetary value of the New York Yankees in MLB.

This upcoming season’s kick-off at Salt Lake Stadium in Kolkata is projected to break the record for the largest sports event with about 117,000 spectators.

3. Indians are Passionate and Hardworking

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3. Indians are Passionate and Hardworking

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Indians are generally very hardworking and filled with passion -- that is a huge part of American football. Look no further than what ‘Happy’ did prior to season one, as told by documentarian Evan Rosenfeld: “Not only did he clear an entire field, but he put up field goal posts, and wrote his team name, Defenders, in the end zone. He also built a structure next to the field to serve as a gym.”

2. Partnerships with Universities Will Help American Football Grow

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2. Partnerships with Universities Will Help American Football Grow

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The EFLI, in partnership with Ten Sports, began working with Indian universities and colleges to promote the league and sport.

1. A-List of Investors and Advisors

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1. A-List of Investors and Advisors

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The investors and advisers backing the EFLI have a strong track record and know what they’re doing. EFLI’s list of advisers include: Kurt Warner, former NFL MVP quarterback; Mike Ditka, Hall-of-Fame tight end and legendary coach of the Chicago Bears; Michael Irvin, Hall-of-Fame wide receiver; Brandon Chillar, former NFL linebacker; Ron Jaworski, former NFL MVP quarterback and current analyst on ESPN.

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