50% of your country is women. How many of those would be interested in the game?
A lot of women love football. My wife is a football fan. Watch a game once, and see how many women are in the stands. There's a lot of them. I don't see what your point is on that account.
What about all of those people who were working at the time?
Not a whole hell of a lot of people work at 6pm on a Sunday night.
Like I said, the NFL can say that 10 billion people watched the SuperBowl. Doesn't make it true.
Conversely, you saying that 800 million don't watch it doesn't make THAT true, either. It works both ways. At least the NFL provides some figures. I don't see you doing so to counter that argument.
Point is, that, of all the sports in the U.S., Americans are more passionate about football than any other sport. I once attened a Browns-Raiders playoff game in 1981: the game-time temperature was -5 F, with a wind-chill of -55 F. It wa brutal, but there were 79,000 people in those stands. That is kind of nuts, no doubt, but it shows the passion that Americans have for the game. The next year, in Cincinnati, the Bengals and the San Diego Chargers played for the AFC Championship with a game-time temperature of -13, and a wind chill approchaing -65 F. The stands were filled. Again, it's nuts, but it shows the depth of the passion Americans have for the game.
For most of us, it's a hell of a lot more exciting than watching soccer, which is a bunch of guys running around, doing not much of anything. But that's our opinion, as a whole. That doesn't mean you can't enjoy soccer, but it does no good to denigrate what we see as a fierce, exciting sport.