No, those are other concerns. The fact that baseball blows (and is certainly less important than major soccer tournaments in a worldwide-sense) doesn't bother me one way or the other... unless it's taking up all the scheduled time on SportsCenter, at which point I get enraged.
Is there really any point in starting this argument? Are you just trying to like piss me off? Every one else seems to be a baseball fan here. I never said champions league wasn't important, and I never asked to compare soccer to baseball.
It is not a fact that baseball blows. You think baseball blows. An opinion. Big difference. And don't come back with a "no, baseball seriously blows" because everyone who reads this board is older than 5 and doesn't like childish arguments (for the most part. Here's looking at you, Tim Mitchell.)
Soccer blows because it relies so much on luck. One team can dominate the entire game, but the system of scoring is so flawed because its not about who generates the most opportunities, but is about who is lucky enough to score in theirs, which is pretty much dumb luck. Skill is important, but so often the team that gets outplayed will win(Football has a similar flaw, by the way). And the fact that the postseason takes place 6 months later makes the champions league the biggest load of crap this side of cricket. Imagine the patriots this year. Undefeated, but because the playoffs would be held in this season, they wouldn't have had the opportunity to try to go undefeated because Brady would have been hurt. It takes away from the quality of the tournament because the teams that qualify are often much different than the teams that play. What a stupid, stupid system.
But, considering that the station playing Champions League here is ESPN, who's home base is in Bristol, Connecticut, one of the biggest baseball following areas of the country, I think I have a point. An American company has a choice between the american past time and european soccer playing the playoffs they should have done six months ago.
And please don't make the soccer is world king argument here. I'm in New Zealand. It's not. Rugby union is king, rugby league is second, cricket is third, and then, so far behind it can't be seen, is soccer. There are alot of casual sports fans here, and many of them like baseball, which I have found quite suprising.
But, more than anything, grow up. Don't go into a baseball thread just to say baseball sucks. Thats like goin into a thread about christianity to say christianity blows, although the subject matter in the two situations is obviously very different.
A few pointers to the n00b:
1. I once extended this very same argument (the one where you try to defend baseball's integrity by pointing the finger at another sport) into two essays and a fight spanning fifteen pages of a thread, so you underestimate my willpower at your own peril.
2. Soccer isn't something I'm defending, necessarily.
3. "Popularity" does not necessarily equate to most-viewed in the country where you are, particularly when it comes to worldwide cable (e.g. ESPN).
4. I'd re-check the major seat of ESPN in Australasia if I were you. It ain't Connecticut, mate.
5. Fatal flaw in preemptive argument: soccer isn't the most popular sport in New Zealand, therefore it does not make sense to show soccer ahead of baseball. Failed to consider that baseball is so far below soccer no matter where the latter ranks that Champions League would win, regardless. But this argument isn't necessary once you figure out Point 4 (although it is applicable to that host nation, where, although the rankings are different, baseball still loses out).
6. I will go into any thread to say any f-ing thing I want to. Stop pissing yourself. Even though I didn't come into this thread merely to say baseball sucks, I (and all others on internet forums) reserve the right to do so at any time we please.
In short: baseball blows.