My article on the slow growth of American football outside of America last week noted Poland and Brazil as two countries where the sport's popularity is growing. But I neglected to note the Elite Football League of India, an eight-team league currently playing its first season. The league has some high-profile U.S. backers including NFL vets Ron Jaworski, Michael Irvin, Mike Ditka, and Kurt Warner as well as (why not?) actor Mark Wahlberg. Indian-American linebacker Brandon Chillar is also involved. Interestingly, the league -- comprised largely of converted rugby players and wrestlers -- also includes a team from Pakistan and two from Sri Lanka.
I imagine the sport will face an uphill battle in these cricket-obsessed countries. And India's sports authorities are in a bit of disarray at the moment. But the trailer above for a forthcoming documentary on the league shows a bit of the action.
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