Originally Posted by billybob_jcv
I'm not sure I understand the idea of teams being "tribal in England" - what do you mean? Aren't players still traded between teams? While it's true that in the US pro sports teams can move between cities - it is always a big deal when it happens to one of the old, established teams. There's still growth and expansion that happens in US pro sports, and that leads to teams moving to what the owners see as "better markets". It's part of the corporate nature of US pro teams. The majority of the owners have no real ties to the cities where the team plays. They may love the sport and the team, but ultimately they typically just see the city where they play as a source of revenue.
Tribal? Football's not my #1 sport, although I do enjoy it, but in Rugby League, Gary Conolly is still called 'Judas' by St Helens fans after nearly 30 years, and it was Saints who offered him up on sale to Wigan, not the latter who swooped for him. That's tribal.
And when French Rugby League players play in Leeds, there is a pilgramage for players to urinate on the statue of the Black Prince. He died in 1376 AD. That's seriously tribal!
Edited by PalJoey - 7/4/14 at 11:57am