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4Jul/100

Ed Felton on How Not to Fix Soccer

I'm not much of a soccer fan, or even a football or basketball fan anymore. If I am passionate about any sport, it would have to be baseball. But Ed Felton has a rather nice essay about not just why soccer is the way it is, but why any tweaking of the rules to more suit American audiences isn't a very good idea. I think to a certain degree, the arguments also apply toward baseball. It's worth noting that both soccer and baseball predate any kind of cheaply available timekeeping technology. This has probably a lot to do with why the rules are the way they are, and why soccer in particular might be enjoyed in far flung parts of the developing world.

How Not to Fix Soccer | Freedom to Tinker.

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