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I think it was the League of Ordinary Gentleman video that I saw that stated that the PBA was more popular than the NFL back in the 70's. Is there any actual proof of that though? My friend says he doubts that was the case and I  want to prove it to him if there is proof.

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I don't have any "proof" per se, but bowling was certainly a LOT more popular back then than it is now, and the pros were on Saturday afternoons, so they weren't competing with the NFL.  It's certainly possible that viewership numbers for the PBA were higher than for the NFL, which is probably the only metric you can use to compare the two sports.


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Well if this helps it was saturdays #1 sports show when it was on. Which would be the equivalent of a big college football game today.

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