Help me find professional baseball or soccer leagues for me to follow that don't suffer from the same issues that bother me about American sports.
After hearing this piece on NPR today about the death of the guy who brought the free agent system to baseball,
I got this burning desire to find a better league out there.
I'm so sick of American sports. There must be some other place out there that does it better than we do. Where is it? Ideally, I'd watch baseball (can I see Cuban or Nicaraguan games online? Would I even want
to do this)? Should I investigate Japanese baseball? If I can't find what I need, I'm willing to become a soccer fan.
Here are my issues:
*We have waaaay to many games during a season
*I feel like I'm watching the money instead of watching the game---the richest teams usually win.
*Everything is dominated by stats and "moneyball." It's all gotten a bit too scientific. I don't need to see the greatest athletes in the world. I want heart, soul, drama---entertainment!
*I'm not quite sure how this has been dealt with in other leagues---I can't think of the best way---it's always bothered me that teams don't really reflect the cities in which they play. There's very rarely an historical tie, and players come in from all over the globe, play for a team for a season (or less) then follow the money. I'm under the impression that some European leagues prevent this. I'm not sure how they do it, and it would be a bummer if it winds up contributing to nationalism/racism.
* The MLB is too bland. I'd like to see more politics in sports. I'd like to see games with great political significance. The significance doesn't need to be global. Regional will do.
*Ah! I remember hearing that some soccer teams in Spain are somehow funded by the fans themselves. Did I misshear this? How does this work? This seems like an interesting way to tie fans in with the game. I'd like to see this in my dream league.
*Even though the hooligans themselves seem like fascist leaning dbags, I like the element of danger and chaos associated with the sport. Pass me a heaping plateful of that, please.
Please tell me where I can find what I'm looking for. I'd like to be able to watch online, hopefully for free.
Spanish or English soccer? El Salvadorean regional tournaments? Something in Eastern Europe? Please suggest interesting (odd, idiosyncratic, intense) teams to follow.
Spanish or English speaking countries a plus because those are my two languages. Thanks!