Give the Dodgers a chance
When you reflect on all the pro teams from the five major leagues across the US: NFL, NBA, Major League Baseball, NHL and even Major League Soccer, what's the top brand name for fans across the nation and even worldwide?
The New England Patriots might be No. 1 in terms of Super Bowls won in the past decade, but does anyone in Greece know who they are?
The New York Yankess, due to their long history of success, have to be one of the top teams. The Dallas Cowboys, due to their success during the television age and cheerleaders, are a top consideration, too. Red Sox, Cubs, Packers, Lakers, Knicks, Celtics ... even the Browns - the Sportsland, Oregon episode connects with those topics.
I would love the Los Angeles/Brooklyn Dodgers to be up there.
Timbers? Portland's soccer franchise has to be one of the top US brands in the sport because of its fans, but it's got a long ways to go to be an international brand. That's something that comes with straying into the international scene, and the Timbers haven't really done that other than host an English team now and then. So, does the Timbers Army even want to be known in Scotland, or Sweden or Germany?
And, why are the upcoming tournaments for college and high school basketball players so long and short at the same time?
Good stuff to listen to on the Sportland podcast.