Have you ever noticed that every major sport in the United States ends with a World Championship including basketball, American football, and baseball (NBA, NFL, MLB)? I don’t believe any of these sports deserve the title of ‘world championship’ because as William W. Kelly shows in his work examining baseball, these are not truly global sports. All these sports have undertaken professionalization in the United States in leagues that promote commercial incentives. The NFL in particular is the least global of all the professional sports in the United States. Why hasn’t football become a world sport? The primary route and only way to be noticed is to attend a 4-year college in America. Unlike the NBA and MLB, the NFL has failed to import foreign talent for this reason. There is no elite competition across the globe. However, the NFL has tried to spread its’ global reach by exporting the game abroad by having games played internationally specifically in England. In the future this will continue because American football has little hope of spreading where collegiate sports are non-existent and the cost of ‘raising’ a football player in the periphery would be prohibitive. In two weeks the world champion of American football will be crowned at the Superbowl. Ironically, there are no international leagues or teams other than the CFL. If you were wondering, I am taking the 49ers as my pick for the American championship of football.