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Could U.S. Soccer Eclipse Basketball and Hockey? $200M Adidas Pact Suggests Yes
CBS News ^ | September 2, 2010 | Jim Edwards

Posted on 05/04/2012 6:46:20 PM PDT by MinorityRepublican

Adidas (ADS.DE)'s $200 million sponsorship deal with Major League Soccer shows that the apparelmaker has noticed sports marketing's best-kept secret: U.S. soccer's audience is threatening to eclipse that of the National Hockey League and the NBA. The crucial thing to note in the new deal is that the $200 million pact is worth $25 million per year through 2018. It replaces, mid-contract, a 10-year deal for $150 million, or $15 million a year -- a 66 percent increase in annual value.

Why would Adidas make this expensive move? Consider: The MLS isn't broadcast to a large audience on TV (you have to pay for Fox Soccer Channel to see many of the games). The mainstream press's coverage of U.S. soccer is patchy at best and actively disinterested at worst (this means you, New York Times). And there's a cultural consensus that soccer just isn't important in America (ask any football or baseball fan).

Under that radar, however, the game that ought to be called American football is growing like mold. Here are some recent average attendance stats for the major American sports:

NFL - 67,508.69 (2009 season) MLB - 30,213.37 (2009 season) MLS - 18,452.14 (2010 season, as of 04/11/2010) NBA - 17,149.61 (2009/10 season) NHL - 16,985.31 (2009/10 season) Obviously, there's a caveat here: basketball and hockey teams play a lot more than once a week, so their total attendances are a lot greater.

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To: MinorityRepublican

I do not know anyone who actually WATCHED a soccer game on TV or in person (except for childrens games)


51 posted on 05/04/2012 8:19:34 PM PDT by GeronL (The Right to Life came before the Right to Pursue Happiness)
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To: gusty
Being a Kings fan from CT have anything to do with the New Haven Knighthawks, a Kings’ farm team.

They were a Kings farm team only part of the time. I think the Kings franchise was the Springfield Indians. My first hockey game was a Nighthawks game. It was free hockey stick night, and the sticks were given out after the game. It was pandemonium, but my brother and I got our sticks and played floor hockey in the basement.

Growing up, it never occurred to me to support the local team.
52 posted on 05/04/2012 8:20:34 PM PDT by Dr. Sivana (There is no salvation in politics.)
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To: sean327

Soccer is pushed on us because lib’ruls love it. It is the embodiment of lib’rulism. Soccer is nothing more than a pan-Euro, socialist attempt to subvert traditional American sporting values....there I said it. I note that the rise in popularity of soccer in America roughly correlates to the decline of America in cultural and economic greatness. To quote Dan Jenkins, how in hell do you bet a sport that can end in a tie? It is the anti-thesis of Patton’s “Americans LOVE a winner”...


53 posted on 05/04/2012 8:20:40 PM PDT by Crapgame (What should be taught in our schools? American Exceptionalism, not cultural Marxism...)
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To: MinorityRepublican

Every couple of years, we hear that soccer will become “the next major U.S. sport”. And every single time, I am proven right when I say it will never, ever happen. Soccer is one of those games where all of its fun is in actually playing it. Watching it on tv is as much fun as getting a root canal procedure done.


54 posted on 05/04/2012 8:21:21 PM PDT by richmwill
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To: Crapgame
To quote Dan Jenkins, how in hell do you bet a sport that can end in a tie?

The same way you do in NFL football ... point spread.
55 posted on 05/04/2012 8:25:09 PM PDT by Dr. Sivana (There is no salvation in politics.)
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To: safeasthebanks
It seems so long ago now, but imagine if Heysel had never happened..

Everton fans will never forgive Liverpool for that, because it happened right when Everton was about to become a European power, and as a result, English teams were banned from Europe during that period.

56 posted on 05/04/2012 8:26:53 PM PDT by dfwgator (Don't wake up in a roadside ditch. Get rid of Romney.)
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To: richmwill

How interested are you in watching baseball if you are not vested in the teams playing? Soccer is no different than any other sport....once you learn the teams, the traditions and the players and vest yourself in a squad, it is a great sport to watch, throughout the course of a season. I got hooked on the EPL several years ago, and must admit, I follow it now even more than I do the NFL......the relegation battles, and the battle to qualify for Europe, the Cup Competitions, Champions League....having multiple competitions going on concurrently make it a fun sport to follow.....some games themselves are boring, but then again, I saw a lot of boring 9-6 Field Goal Fests in the NFL as well.


57 posted on 05/04/2012 8:31:33 PM PDT by dfwgator (Don't wake up in a roadside ditch. Get rid of Romney.)
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To: Dr. Sivana

The question is obviously more rhetorical than anything. That works for gamblers who have access to casinos and sportsbooks, but what of the millions of Americans who like to make a wager on a winner, like the millions who make the weekly bets in college and NFL football. The vast majority of them are straight up bets.


58 posted on 05/04/2012 8:31:59 PM PDT by Crapgame (What should be taught in our schools? American Exceptionalism, not cultural Marxism...)
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To: Dr. Sivana
It was free hockey stick night,

Thankfully they didn't combine it with "Ten-Cent Beer Night".

59 posted on 05/04/2012 8:33:46 PM PDT by dfwgator (Don't wake up in a roadside ditch. Get rid of Romney.)
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To: Crapgame

Please stop making a fool of yourself on FR. Thanks, sweetie.


60 posted on 05/04/2012 8:35:41 PM PDT by safeasthebanks ("The most rewarding part, was when he gave me my money!" - Dr. Nick)
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To: safeasthebanks

I’ve been away for quite a few decades now. Don’t know who Heysel is.


61 posted on 05/04/2012 8:44:05 PM PDT by Ax
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To: Dr. Sivana

The question is obviously more rhetorical than anything. That works for gamblers who have access to casinos and sportsbooks, but what of the millions of Americans who like to make a wager on a winner, like the millions who make the weekly bets in college and NFL football. The vast majority of them are straight up bets.


62 posted on 05/04/2012 8:45:36 PM PDT by Crapgame (What should be taught in our schools? American Exceptionalism, not cultural Marxism...)
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To: Ax
Heysel Stadium Disaster
63 posted on 05/04/2012 8:46:56 PM PDT by dfwgator (Don't wake up in a roadside ditch. Get rid of Romney.)
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To: Crapgame

You know what’s socialist....spreading revenues evenly across all NFL clubs no matter how bad a team sucks.

In the EPL, if you suck, you get relegated. Good teams get promoted....and the difference between being in the Premier League and the Championship (2nd Division) is huge.

Probably the richest sporting event in the world is actually the playoffs to determine which teams get promoted to The Premier League, in terms of impact to a team’s bottom line.


64 posted on 05/04/2012 8:49:43 PM PDT by dfwgator (Don't wake up in a roadside ditch. Get rid of Romney.)
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To: dfwgator
Just for chuckles I went to 2 search engines and typed in, “who's better, Messi or..

that's as far I as got because both engines volunteered between 4 and 8 possible opponents. Cryuff wasn't one of them. And they all (Ronaldo, Maradona, Rooney, Pele, etc. were given 2nd fiddle to Messi when you checked the articles.

I then did the same thing using Cryuff instead of Messi.
I was able to type in the entire question and still no suggestions were given even after I hit search.

Normally I take pride in walking to the beat of my own drummer but this time, based on seeing most Barca games over the past few years, I'm comfortable falling in line.
Messi almost always does something exciting every time he touches the ball. You can see the panic in his opponents eyes as they try to deal with him.

65 posted on 05/04/2012 8:55:02 PM PDT by bramps
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To: safeasthebanks

I saw Maradona playing for Argentina against Peru in the Liberator’s Cup at River Plate Stadium in Buenos Aires in the late 80s. It was 88 minutes of blah and about two minutes of pure Maradona magic.


66 posted on 05/04/2012 8:55:31 PM PDT by Ax
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To: dsrtsage

“The only sport more boring than basketball is soccer.”

You’ve obviously never seen a cricket match.


67 posted on 05/04/2012 8:57:08 PM PDT by Rembrandt (Part of the 52% who pay Federal taxes)
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To: dfwgator

couldn’t agree more but you’re confusing the action on the field with the action in the boardrooms. I was referring strictly to soccer as a sport. There is no doubt in my mind that lib’ruls embrace it because it promotes that mythical equality of outcome bullstuff whever a game ends in a tie.


68 posted on 05/04/2012 8:57:29 PM PDT by Crapgame (What should be taught in our schools? American Exceptionalism, not cultural Marxism...)
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To: Ax

I don’t think there are as many good players today as in the 90s.

Bergkamp and Cantona were just flat out amazing players to watch.

Still the most amazing goal I ever saw (and the greatest homer call) as well.

Bergkamp scores against Argentina in the 1998 World Cup
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XsZkCFoqSBs


69 posted on 05/04/2012 8:59:14 PM PDT by dfwgator (Don't wake up in a roadside ditch. Get rid of Romney.)
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To: MinorityRepublican

Real Americans pay zero attention to the organized crime owned game called soccer.

Its a gang centered “sport.”
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70 posted on 05/04/2012 9:03:43 PM PDT by editor-surveyor
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To: Crapgame
The vast majority of them are straight up bets.

I doubt that. As a 14 year old kid I made bets with my best friends, and of course we used point spreads. How else could you have bet on a game like Oakland (13-1 record) against Philadelphia (3-11)? $2 tickets where you pick four winners against the spread were pretty standard. There was only one office pool without point spreads, and it was based on picking the most straight up winners, which mainly meant picking upsets. That pool was run by girls.

And of course, you can have ties even with the point spread. I remember there was a Dallas-Pittsburgh Super Bowl where the Steelers won 35-31 with a four point spread. I was convinced that at least that game wasn't rigged, as even the vig is returned with a tie.

The reason football needs point spreads is because there are so many blowouts. A top NFL team can goes 13-3, and a crappy one goes 3-13. It is not like baseball where even the best teams don't do much better than 6 out of 10.
71 posted on 05/04/2012 9:04:19 PM PDT by Dr. Sivana (There is no salvation in politics.)
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To: Crapgame

You know what’s dumb is that a team gets the same amount of points for an overtime win than a win in regulation. But at least a tie in soccer causes you to drop 2 points.....it takes 3 ties just to equal 1 win.

An example is happening this year in the Italian Serie A....Juventus may not win the title, even though they haven’t lost a game all season, but they have so many ties.

The NHL needs to alter their points system so that a win in regulation is more than a win in overtime....it should be as follows

3 points - regulation win
2 points - OT win
1 point - OT loss
0 points - regulation loss

The NFL should do something of the same thing, an Overtime Win should not be rewarded the same as a regulation win during the regular season.


72 posted on 05/04/2012 9:04:57 PM PDT by dfwgator (Don't wake up in a roadside ditch. Get rid of Romney.)
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To: Revolting cat!

>> “Is soccer boring?” <<

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Yes, very.
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73 posted on 05/04/2012 9:07:06 PM PDT by editor-surveyor
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To: sean327

>> “Why is soccer continuosly pushed on us?” <<

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Because it works by Marxist principles, and it is owned by organized crime, world wide. The ideal Democrap game.
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74 posted on 05/04/2012 9:11:47 PM PDT by editor-surveyor
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To: dfwgator

>> “I see a lot of people even here in Dallas wearing Real Madrid, Barcelona, and Manchester United jerseys now.” <<

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Yea, but we were talking about the US, not Mexico.


75 posted on 05/04/2012 9:16:01 PM PDT by editor-surveyor
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To: Ax

76 posted on 05/04/2012 9:16:36 PM PDT by dfwgator (Don't wake up in a roadside ditch. Get rid of Romney.)
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To: Controlling Legal Authority

Wide screen HD is killing TV!

The distortion horizontally is absolutely unbearable; everyone looks like a dwarf.


77 posted on 05/04/2012 9:22:18 PM PDT by editor-surveyor
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To: MinorityRepublican

Could US Soccer Eclipse Basketball and Hockey?

Only if Vuvuzela becomes our National Anthem.


78 posted on 05/04/2012 9:25:21 PM PDT by Waryone (Remember your ABCS (anybody but commie socialists) = ABM (anybody but Mitt), ABO (anybody but Obama))
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To: GeronL

>> “I do not know anyone who actually WATCHED a soccer game on TV or in person (except for childrens games)” <<

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God has blessed you greatly!
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79 posted on 05/04/2012 9:26:15 PM PDT by editor-surveyor
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To: Waryone

Outside of Africa, if anyone tried to bring a vuvuzela into a stadium, they’d get the crap beat out of them.


80 posted on 05/04/2012 9:27:41 PM PDT by dfwgator (Don't wake up in a roadside ditch. Get rid of Romney.)
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To: MinorityRepublican
I think what has made sports a LOT more watchable is the explosive rise of high-definition television programming since the early 2000's.

Today, sports that were not pleasant to watch on TV in the days of NTSC 4:3 aspect ratio broadcasting such as soccer and hockey are actually GREAT to watch in HD, mostly because you can now see essentially most of the game action in sharp clarity and widescreen display. That's why I really enjoyed the 2010 World Cup final (well, except for the Dutch team playing just too rough).

By the way, the untimely death of Junior Seau could be the trigger point for a major re-evaluation of American football, and it could begin the slow decline of the sport itself.

81 posted on 05/04/2012 9:30:24 PM PDT by RayChuang88 (FairTax: America's economic cure)
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To: safeasthebanks

Obviously you’re a soft-headed marxist trolling FR.

Soccer is intensely un-american, and based on Marxist values.


82 posted on 05/04/2012 9:30:55 PM PDT by editor-surveyor
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To: RayChuang88
By the way, the untimely death of Junior Seau could be the trigger point for a major re-evaluation of American football, and it could begin the slow decline of the sport itself.

With what we know now, it's unlikely that parents in upper and middle class families will allow their sons who are born in 2012 and later to play football.

83 posted on 05/04/2012 9:37:14 PM PDT by MinorityRepublican
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To: MinorityRepublican

It is a matter of demographics. One out of 8 is foreign born and it will be one in five in 2050. There are 40 million immigrants in this country. Soccer is the world’s number 1 sport. It is just a matter of time before it makes a big impact here.


84 posted on 05/04/2012 9:47:02 PM PDT by kabar
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To: kabar

The 1994 WC here in the US still holds the record for the most highly attended WC ever.


85 posted on 05/04/2012 9:50:14 PM PDT by dfwgator (Don't wake up in a roadside ditch. Get rid of Romney.)
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To: RayChuang88

More and more the players are going to come from poor backgrounds in the hood.

Look what has happened to boxing, that serves as a cautionary tale.


86 posted on 05/04/2012 9:53:26 PM PDT by dfwgator (Don't wake up in a roadside ditch. Get rid of Romney.)
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To: Alberta's Child
Soccer is global and can be watched here on TV. Here in DC we have plenty of bars to watch the games from all over the world. The World Cup was a real hoot. The beautiful game is exciting and non-stop. It is also the only sport where you have a real world champion. Every country on earth plays it and is eligible to compete to be in the World Cup.

American football is a real niche sport much more so than ice hockey or basketball.

87 posted on 05/04/2012 9:54:32 PM PDT by kabar
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To: Crapgame

Ice hockey and football used to end in ties until they changed the rules. And ties are not possible in soccer games once you move into the knockout stages of tournaments.


88 posted on 05/04/2012 9:59:45 PM PDT by kabar
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To: kabar
And ties are not possible in soccer games once you move into the knockout stages of tournaments.

And with the Away Goals rule, even if both games are tied, odds are they won't even go to penalty kicks.

89 posted on 05/04/2012 10:01:24 PM PDT by dfwgator (Don't wake up in a roadside ditch. Get rid of Romney.)
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To: editor-surveyor

I wear a Barcelona cap every day. I enjoy both soccer and American football. I don’t know where you get that Marxist crap about soccer. You just show your ignorance about the game and its origins. It is the world’s number 1 sport by a long shot.


90 posted on 05/04/2012 10:05:01 PM PDT by kabar
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To: MinorityRepublican

LOL!

Kobe Bryant’s contract is worth $136 million just by himself.


91 posted on 05/04/2012 10:05:08 PM PDT by <1/1,000,000th%
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To: kabar

Exactly...it’s possible to enjoy football and soccer.

I like the EPL for the same reason I like college football, the tradition...the rivalries...and the passion of the fans...I love hearing the chanting of the crowds.


92 posted on 05/04/2012 10:07:04 PM PDT by dfwgator (Don't wake up in a roadside ditch. Get rid of Romney.)
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To: editor-surveyor

I wear a Barcelona cap every day. I enjoy both soccer and American football. I don’t know where you get that Marxist crap about soccer. You just show your ignorance about the game and its origins. It is the world’s number 1 sport by a long shot.


93 posted on 05/04/2012 10:08:15 PM PDT by kabar
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To: kabar

I am glad Pep stepped down...he has aged so much over the past few years....it’s no fun when only winning every title there is to win is considered success. I hope he comes to England for his next gig.


94 posted on 05/04/2012 10:13:19 PM PDT by dfwgator (Don't wake up in a roadside ditch. Get rid of Romney.)
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To: dfwgator
Agreed. I follow the EPL as well. Liverpool has been my team for over 30 years. I can't stand MU. They remind me of the NY Yankees. I hope MC wins the last two games and keeps its goal difference lead. It was a great win last week for MC.

It was a shame to see Barcelona and Real Madrid get knocked out of Champions league final. Chelsea and Bayern will put on a good final. I will go to a local sports bar to watch it. Good atmosphere.

95 posted on 05/04/2012 10:15:37 PM PDT by kabar
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To: MinorityRepublican

delusional


96 posted on 05/04/2012 10:24:06 PM PDT by Nifster
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To: dfwgator

Yep. It is a tough job when so much is expected of you and every team saves their best shot for you. This was Real Madrid’s year. Still, the El Clasico is always a must watch event. Barcelona is still the world’s best in my mind and maybe the best ever. Messi is an artist who is so creative. Barcelona’s possession game is mesmerizing.


97 posted on 05/04/2012 10:24:06 PM PDT by kabar
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To: kabar

I saw the game when MC was down 3-1 to Sunderland, and Balotelli had his meltdown, I thought right there it was over...but they came back to tie the game late.....that saved their season. Wonder where they’d be if Tevez wasn’t such a wanker.


98 posted on 05/04/2012 10:24:30 PM PDT by dfwgator (Don't wake up in a roadside ditch. Get rid of Romney.)
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To: dfwgator

I saw the game with Sunderland. Balotelli is a great, young talent but something of a head case. Tevez is a prima donna.


99 posted on 05/04/2012 10:41:18 PM PDT by kabar
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To: kabar

LOL, after that game I was seriously thinking, that I would like to see somebody say soccer is boring after watching that game.


100 posted on 05/04/2012 10:44:01 PM PDT by dfwgator (Don't wake up in a roadside ditch. Get rid of Romney.)
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