Originally Posted by BoyBrumby
Is there much of an audience for the American brand of football in India? I can see how it's a market the NFL would want to tap into, but it strikes me as more of an optimistic punt than a well-thought out business plan.
Do any Indian-Americans play at the highest level? British Indians have famously struggled to make any kind of impact in the round ball version we prefer.
Brandon Chillar's father is ethnically Indian though he currently doesn't have a team and is out of the NFL.
This league is a terrible idea. A fantastic way to turn a lot of money into very little. Since the NFL/AFL merger, 2nd rate American football leagues have a rough time. The current UFL will not last much longer.
Also, who will play in this league, where will they play and who will watch?
If this is an Indian league designed for Indians to watch and play in then there is an element of logic but I don't know who has heard the growing Indian middle classes clamouring for American football. I cant see who watches a terrible quality product on TV or in the stadium.
If the business model relies on US coverage and some US players then it has zero chance. Americans will not watch and the league will not attract players of quality. No matter the progress India has made, it's hard enough to try and persuade American athletes that Spain and Italy are not 3rd world let alone attract them to India.
In terms of potential investment, this appears to be one of the very worst. The product will be terrible but at least Atul Sharma can find a job.