Brooklyn has a population of more than 2.5 million residents. That’s almost the same as Chicago (2.7 million residents). There are currently 17 higher education institutions in the borough. With such a large population and number of colleges, one would assume that there would be more than a few football programs. However, believe it or it, there is only one college football program in Brooklyn!
The ASA Avengers College Football program is the only one of its kind in Brooklyn. The Avengers play in the National Junior College Athletics Association (NJCAA) Division 1. They are currently ranked 17th in the country! What is more surprising was that this program didn’t even exist until 2008! Many of the players transfer to other senior NCAA Division 1 schools after completing their two year program . In fact, a few of their former players have made it to the NFL!
Apart from ASA, Brooklyn’s last college football program was the Brooklyn College Kingsmen. However, this program ended in 1990 after suffering from budget cuts and poor recruitment.
So why aren’t there more college football programs in our borough? Perhaps, it is our local culture. Maybe Brooklynites just aren’t crazy about college football as their fellow Americans. If they were, the demand for local football would probably be higher and more colleges would invest in the sport.
Moreover, Brooklyn (N.Y.C in general) has a very high cost of living. This can be a significant barrier to entry for schools looking to start a football program. For example, high rent costs might be deterring colleges from renting gyms and training facilities for teams to practice.
The perceived lackluster interest in college football from locals combined with high operating costs could be the reasons why college football never caught on in Brooklyn.