Last Tuesday, November 3, the clubs of the MLS North American fans encouraged their fans through social networks to vote in the presidential elections. All of them gave information on where and how to vote, as well as reminding that active voting is an important part of democracy. The Twitter account of Los Angeles Football ClubFor example, he released that day no less than twenty tweets on the subject, among his own and retweeted, including telephone information in Spanish and Arabic to find out how to vote in the city.
The fact surprised me for good. Since Europe we have a natural tendency to look over our shoulders at what is happening in the state United, also in sports. We boast that theirs is spectacle, while our sport is born in the neighborhood and remains authentic in the elite. We pride ourselves that our clubs are much more than mere sports teams, authentic institutions in our cities, while theirs are mere franchises that can be sold and bought like any other product.
However, the reality is that for some time now, athletes and sports entities in the United States have been teaching Europeans a lesson on how to act in terms of social and political involvement at a time when more fighters and referents are needed. never. In this sense, it is worth wondering how a figure such as that of Colin Kaepernick. It is true that the movement Black Lives Matter reverberated in Europe, but the way the players of the NBA they stood (and how they stopped MLB and MLS) is nothing short of unthinkable here. It should also be remembered that in the American team sports leagues, several players have come out of the closet, without problems or controversy. Perhaps European sport is tracing the path from the neighborhood to the show (the project of Super League remains latent) as long as the North American has realized that sport lives on the people and has to be with the people. I don’t know, it may be. What is certain is that we must learn a lot from them. At least now.