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Old 02-11-2013, 12:52 AM #13
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Maybe it is just my predilection, but I tend to chalk it down to economics, mostly.

The US is a very large country. By population, it is third behind China and India.

The professional sports 'industry' in the US is very large.

Of course, the US produces some very good athletes (though, as has been noted, they are probably juicing for the most part. I guess that's a worthy footnote, but it isn't central to what I'm saying).

It makes sense that the US would have a lot of good professional athletes.

It's actually somewhat similar to the presence of very good footballers (soccer players) in Europe. Europe has a very lucrative association football (soccer) 'industry'.

It is certainly true that the US has many very good athletes. It is not so much about genetics, though, in my opinion.

If it were truly about slavery, there should be a proportional number of athletes from every place in the Americas where there use to be slavery. Brazil, for instance.

That said, there may be something to the slavery connection. But, it doesn't account for all of it.

Alternatively, it may be a case of marginalized populations getting into sports, and not about race. For instance, basketball players, and boxers, use to be largely Jewish in the US, in the 1930s or so.
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