On the heels of Argentina's win over the U.S. at the WBCs in Indianapolis, Tony Kornheiser proclaimed on his radio show that basketball will become "the world's game" supplanting soccer as number one worldwide. His argument is based on the game's growing influence globally, as well as the fact that it's popular in the U.S. where the TV money for sports is greater than in any country in the world, which could naturally spur the growth of, as he put it, the world's first international professional sports league truly competing in a "World Series" or something like that. As Tony sees it, this could only happen in basketball because soccer is not popular enough in this country to make it worthwhile economically (i.e. the rest of the world would watch soccer, but the U.S. would not, but the whole world including the U.S. watches basketball, so it and not soccer is the natural candidate to have the world's first true international league). I tried not to take this monologue as soccer-bashing (though I'm sure it pleases Tony to have the world learning "our" game -- basketball, that is -- and coming to love it as much as we do) but rather as his international sports/business analysis of interpreting a possible trend in the near future -- the growth of basketball as the true world's game since it's still growing in most countries, whereas soccer is already played in most of the world and theoretically has less room for growth, including here in the US, where the game isn't "tv friendly."