So I'll preface this with a disclaimer; I know absolutely nothing about American Football. I know the names of some of the positions (though I don't have a clue what they do) and that Baltimore beat San Francisco in the Superbowl this year. That's it. However, I was thinking... What does the success of MLS show about the growth of a sport into an area where it isn't really present at a high level that would apply the other way around? Obviously they tried with NFL Europe, then canned it several years ago. But assuming that someone was to go "right, we've put the occasional games in Europe. The only way to take things further is to create a league there"*, what lessons would be learnt from MLS and how applicable would they be to a different continent? Opening it up further, how would you then apply that? I know its all a ridiculous hypothetical, but thought it'd be an interesting thing to ask. * I know there's a bunch of amateur leagues in various countries already (is Germany's semi-pro? I know the sport took off a bit there), but you get what I mean.