Which is kind of my point. The response is somewhat what you are used to and of course within limits, football fans still love a 5-4 thriller more than a 0-0 borefest, all sports just have bad games.
What interested me is in rugby there’s a certain obsession with the ruling bodies that a high scoring game is always best but as I watch at home my mother in law will sit and watch. All she cares about, as someone just watching the sport for the first time, is if it’s close, preferably with the lead changing hands 12-9 is far preferable for her to 48-15. If one team runs in 5 great tries and romps ahead she just walks away.
At completely different ends of scoring that’s probably something basketball and soccer share to a degree. The one positive of the low scoring element is the games are usually in the balance, one team completely romping away with it is relatively rare.
I don’t want to defend soccer too much as I often find it boring. It’s a sport very resistant to change because it’s so huge globally but if they put me in charge I’d probably make the goals bigger to provide bigger scores which is sacrilege to most. I just think in truth most of the resistance to certain sports is habit rather than science and I think Jim’s argument is those habits can change, albeit slowly.