Yes definitely. The difference is that in North America, sports organizations were bred primarily in academic & amateur institutions before professional clubs & leagues became prevailent. In Europe, organized sports found their birth in various athletic clubs that would go on to become professional clubs. In soccer, completely free market systems allow pretty much any athletic club to field teams under the same competitions. This allows certain clubs to become bigger than the competitions they play in while any other athletic club can field a soccer team in the same federation. The fact that there potentially 100s of clubs per federation means that they are tiered into different heirarchal leagues with chances for both promotion & demotion depending on performance.
Here in North America, in the age of salary caps & parity, pro clubs are not bigger than the leages they play in. To compete in such structured sports-economic systems, only so many markets can support a pro club for a given sport. We also have competition between 4 major pro sports that keeps the number of viable pro clubs for any given pro league to around 30. In Canada, (actually Toronto) some would even say that you need American dollars to keep a league afloat.
These are also the reasons why Canada doesn't have its own pro sports league with teams in every municipality & town from coast to coast. Junior hockey comes as close to this but it isn't the premier league in its sport. Don't tell me we don't have the population base like the United States does. Countries like Spain (48 million), Netherlands (16 million) & Portugal (10 million) all have pro sports leagues with way more than 8 teams. Spain in fact has a soccer league that definitely comes in the top three of all soccere leagues in the world & arguably the best. This is without the 300 million pop base in the US.
In Canada we have 8 CFL teams, 6 NHL teams, 3 NLL teams, 1 MLB & 1 NBA = 18 teams.
Now this could go to say that Canadian society has its priorities in order by not having such an importance placed on sports infrastructure. Nevertheless, its something we find ourselves behind in compared to countries half our population.