Originally Posted by Australian Red
One thing I've always stuggled to understand is just how popular College sport is for you guys, i don't think i will ever truly understand it.
It's just how history went. Football and basketball began as college sports, and they were already popular long before the NFL and NBA flourished. (MLB was the opposite -- it took root early as a pro sport and only recently has the college game started picking up interest.) They stayed popular because of the local angle -- large swaths of the country were, and still are, distant from the nearest major pro sports town. Hard to imagine now, but until the mid-1960s there were no major sports franchises in the southeastern U.S. Depending on where you lived, the closest team would be Washington, D.C., Cincinnati, St. Louis or Dallas.
I guess in some respects college teams serve the function that soccer clubs do in much of the rest of the world; they may not be at the highest level of the sport, but no matter where you go, there's a home team to root for.