2014 FIFA World Cup

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  1. Wolfman

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    They started a bit shaky but they settled in nicely...Germany was not holding back at all...0-1 was a very good, respectable outcome...They play like they did today and they have a chance against anyone...a chance...but Belgium is very good team, everyone knows that...
     
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    premereleague got it's highest viewers of 1.1 mil over a month between may and june this year...ie world cup year.

    http://tvbythenumbers.zap2it.com/20...atched-primetime-month-in-its-history/268659/

    1.1 mil viwers in a month....a month....let that sink in. Those are #'s are putrid, Thurs night football on NFL Network get 3.8 mil and that's 1 game. MLB on espn averages 1.1 mil viewers per game. Fox broke records for their opening day MLB schedule this year, some getting 2.9 mil viewers.

    http://sports.yahoo.com/news/seth-vertelney-mls-tv-ratings-054511659--mls.html

    And to be honest, MLS averaged 311K viewers per game, if there are 4 televised MLS games a month, they are outdoing the premere league in that month by 100K viewers.


    Anyways, USA game today what did you think about it? I honestly thought the goalie had his best game, but the rest of the team really lagged. It really felt they were working more for a tie, but weren't going to care about a 1 goal loss.
     
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    Belgium is going to be a problem, and I think thats why Germany was looking for an outright win, I don't think they wanted to get stuck w/a late US goal hoping for a 0-0 tie. They came out strong w/a ton of shots on goal and I knew it was only a matter of time before they got one in; just didn't expect it to be that easy.

    Ya after about the first 5 or so minutes the US settled in, but they started to tire about 40 or so minutes in, and they looked like that after HT also.
     
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    Fun history fact - Football (American) took almost 60 years to "catch on" as a sport, and even then sucked in comparison to baseball. It took another 30 years for it to be considered at the same level as baseball, and then another 15 to surpass it.

    Quit hating. The sport is indeed gaining traction in the US, someone just needs to convince sports center to put highlights on the show and not just a score across the crawl. The game is huge in the US on Saturday mornings (youth). Just need 3 generations of saturday morning players to grow up to homeowner age for the traction to meet Ric's standard (and the ESPN highlights as well).
     
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    BS, I've said it's going to take 15-20 years to start to take hold. It's going to take the 18-20 year old to be 40+, the 10-15 year olds to be in their 30's or so and the kids now to be in the 18 range to have it finally take hold, so I'm not saying it will even take that long.

    But right now, as of last year the viewership it is DOWN and has SHRUNK since 2011. Any traction has slid off a cliff. This year it will shoot up again, and then continue to slide for another 4-10 years; but then it will start to turn, and hell it might not take that long.
     
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    IMO the coverage is the problem. My kids won't watch the broadcasts on ESPN, they want to watch it on Univision. To them, Univision broadcasts are fun, even if they don't understand most of what is said. US/British broadcasts are boring.
     
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    If your sport is relying on the broadcasts to make them entertaining, then I think I found a larger issue.

    They definately could use someone more along the lines of a madden, harry carey or Vital. A real color commentator of some sorts.
     
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    No games today, but do yourself a favor and set up your remote to flip back and forth between ESPN and Univision broadcasts. You'll see what I mean.
     
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    This sport needs fighting as an attempt to make it interesting.
     

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