Skip to comments.Belgium World Cup match draws more U.S. viewers than World Series
Posted on 07/03/2014 12:04:29 AM PDT by Berlin_Freeper
The more than 22 million watching on Tuesday beat the number of viewers - some 19 million - who tuned in to see the Boston Red Sox win the World Series last year.
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Yeah, baseball is soooo much more exciting than soccer.
When I went to the 1970 World Cup in Mexico City, most Americans knew nothing about soccer, the world version of Football. That included me. I went only because a much older friend asked me to fly him down there. He said I would like it, and we would have plenty of fun.
Im really looking forward to playing with this team, Green added. I have to give my best on the field and show everybody how good I am.
Yeah. Because the fake injuries and biting are soooooo exciting.
There's not that many fags in the USA
Scant sentences later, it reports: The more than 22 million watching on Tuesday beat the number of viewers - some 19 million - who tuned in to see the Boston Red Sox win the World Series last year.
How did they come up with this idea that it "beat the World Series?"
Oh ... I see: Spanish-language broadcast network Univision said 5.1 million watched the U.S. play Belgium in the knockout match.
For some reason. apropos of nothing, we just add Univision into the ESPN ratings because ... Well, because we want to make a story that soccer beats the World Series.
EVERYTHING the PC set does is based upon altering reality to conform to their own beliefs. Just unreal.
As much as I like soccer, the declining popularity of baseball saddens me.
The average soccer participant did not seem that much of a specimen of true fitness. Yes they likely all can run like a gazelle. Most could likely get a try-out at the wide-out position on a college football team. But not all around athletes.
The feigned injury syndrome got very tiring—as bad as the fifth pitching change in as many innings in baseball. Baseball desperately needs to speed up the game if they want to continue to sell their product—or the death spiral will continue.
I agree dfwgator, I hate seeing a decline in any sport, but especially one so entwined in the culture of a nation. I hope the baseball blip is temporary.
For me, and for the culture of my country, winter always meant soccer, and summer always meant cricket. Each year the footballing cathedrals of Anfield, Old Trafford, Goodison Park, Wembley Stadium etc, as the sun struggled to assert itself in May, gave way to the matchless beauty and elegance of a Test Match at Lords.
Of course a World Cup year gives me the best of both worlds - I’ve got a fascinating World Cup continuing next week, just as England play India in the First Test at Lords. It doesn’t get much better than that!
France V Germany. 17:00 utc ( odds 1-1 Extra time 1-2)
Brasil V Colombia. 21:00 utc. (odds 0-1 )
Argentina V Belgium. 17:00 utc (odds 0-0 ,ET 0-1)
Netherlands V Costa Rica. 21:00 utc (odds 2-0)
Yep. 2012 numbers
Average attendance: 19,000
Total Attendance: 6,000,000
Average attendance: 31,000
Total Attendance: 74,000,000
And the numbers are increasing:
Only ONE team in the MLS had an average game attendance greater than baseball’s average of 31,000 in 2013, the Seattle Sounders at almost 44,000. 14 of the MLS teams had an average attendance less than 20,000 and six had less than 15,000. MLS plays 34 games. Baseball plays 162 games. Soccer has a long way to go to catch baseball in the USA.
“As much as I like soccer, the declining popularity of baseball saddens me.”
“Soccer has a long way to go to catch baseball in the USA.”
Thanks for the attendance figures. I think the big concern is that there is increasing enthusiasm of youngsters for lacrosse and soccer over baseball.
Me too. I learned to like baseball in Japan. I have immediately liked everything about it. The movements on the field, the whole ritual, hard to explain. I am sure it will stay around.
Finally, we have the actual number of illegals in the US.
That's not to say the German attack isn't creative. It's brilliant. It's just very well designed, too, engineered contend for World Cups. This is the team's 16th quarterfinal appearance.
German Americans (German: Deutschamerikaner) are Americans who were either born in Germany or are of German ancestry. They comprise about 50 million people, making them the largest ancestry group ahead of Irish Americans, African Americans and English Americans. They comprise about 1⁄3 of the German diaspora in the world.
German Americans established the first kindergartens in the United States,introduced the Christmas tree tradition, and originated popular American foods such as hot dogs and hamburgers Like many other immigrants that came to the United States, an overwhelming number of people of German or partial German descent have essentially become americanized.
Quarter-Finals in '02, out in the round of 16 in '10 and '12. 2 wins, 1 draw, 2 losses in '02, 1 win, 1 draw, 2 losses in '12.
Forget proactive, inventive, creative soccer. What Jurgen Klinsmann's USMNT really delivered was a scared, disjointed and overly timid performance that was destined to happen because of poor roster selection and poor tactics. And what makes it worse is that he did so while simply repeating the mistakes Bruce Arena made in 2006 and Bob Bradley made in 2010. When will US Soccer learn?
I think ABC runs Univision and ESPN.
Anyway, I’m aware of one minor league baseball team that built a stadium so in the end, I’m not exactly seeing the end of baseball.
MLB teams play about 162 games, that’s a load of games. Maybe too much, maybe not.
MLS 34 regular season games in 2013 and there is a following of fans in the USA who clearly would rather watch European soccer than even turn the MLS on.
A number of MLS stadiums really aren’t very exceedingly large, Columbus Crew’s soccer-specific stadium, 24,000. Kansas City’s, 22,000.
Also, think of the farm-team system, professional minor league teams in the USA. http://www.milb.com/index.jsp
I don’t see that coming to a screeching halt.
Sure, USA fans turned out to watch our games at the World Cup, that is great and every 4 years like the Summer Olympics. Yet, are these stats there when the MLS Championship is on? I’m not sure.
“As much as I like soccer, the declining popularity of baseball saddens me.”
If you look at the general state of things, it isn’t surprising that baseball is losing some national popularity. We are a society of instant gratification. It’s only natural the most popular US sport is one of supposed constant action, instant gratification and glitzy celebrations. Hopefully baseball keeps flying under the radar and just keeps on keeping on.
The 162 game season is why the RSN contracts for baseball are so humongous. I don’t know if it’s a good thing or a bad thing or if it is a temporary bubble or what. But TV is willing to pay a lot right now for so much generally dvr-proof programming in order to sell advertising.
Just the As and Bs alone:
The As; Aberdeen, Akron, Albuquerque, Altooona, Arkansas, Asheville, Auburn, Augusta.
The Bs; Bakersfield, Batavia, Beloit, Billings, Binghampton, Birmingham, Bluefield, Boise, Bowie, Bowling Green, Bradenton,Brevard County, Bristol, Brooklyn, Buffalo and 2 Burlingtons.
Does one really think we are going to see baseball decline with this kind of structure of minor league teams alone?
And that doesn't even include the American Association of Independent Baseball.
Grand Prairie Airhogs, Kansas City T-bones, Saint Paul Saints, Gary Southshore Railcats, Lincoln Saltdogs, etc.
With baseball so widespread, I certainly don't see it's stealth decline.
After “The Curse” was lifted, who really cares about the stinkin’ Sawx and Big Roidi anyway? Between them and the Patriots, we’ve learned that New England fans are even more insufferable winners than they were losers.
Small wonder why there is now one-day Test matches and the 20Twenty format to ensure today's cricket fans are more interested in the game.
Baseball is still relevant. Okay, there’s no doubt that baseball has disappeared in the Black community. A lot of Hispanics are playing. MLB average attendance is around 25,000 per game. Holding steady.
Understand your point about 5 day Test Matches and, sure, cricket is not for everyone, but I don’t see it as a problem. I see it as a luxury. There are T20s for instant gratification, One Day matches for those so inclined, and the five day game for the purists and traditionalists.
I love the ebb and flow of a Test match. Life is too fast as it is. You don’t necessarily watch every ball, but you can dip in and out. Was it the great PG Wodehouse who described cricket as ‘organised loafing?’
This old world has room for baseball and cricket (and soccer!)
When I was a 17 year old college freshman, we still had mandatory physical education. So I took “team sports” which was supposed to be baseball, basketball, etc. like back in high school.
However the instructor (professor) turned out to be an international soccer player, just back from Finland or some such place. We played only soccer the entire semester.
A few years later I was stationed in Germany, and saw it being played everywhere, so I watched. Still later one of the very first subscription television channels brought English Premier League play to us, in the mid-late 70s. They edited a game down to 60 minutes.
The commentary was done by Mario Machado, who brought the game to English speakers.
I’ve come across two Frenchmen just off-the-street and seen them play in casual games; both of them were very skilled and that is from a country that is often looked at as being more of a Rugby nation. One was a typical mustachioed type from Tours, pear-shaped, the other was a young buck who actually could have passed for a German per his appearance. I’ve come across others from European nations as well who knew their stuff but these two in that were actually pretty amazing and clearly above average.
The eight remaining finals teams are all from Europe and Latin America, four each.
That does not surprise me. While all the world plays soccer, not all play it so well.
The good news, we finished ahead of Spain, England, Italy and Portugal.
The bad news, we finished behind Greece, Algeria and Costa Rica.
2016, USA hosts the Copa America, Century edition.
1st one to be held outside of the USA. In 2 years.
A significantly high finish is really needed for this.
Edit: That should read this will be the first Copa America ever held outside of South America.
“Brazil have one on the WC Trophy”-Scolari
Klinsi needs to get his roster set early....I thought there was still too much tinkering with the roster up to the end.
We really need to have the core of our 2018 WCQ and WC squad ready to go for the Copa America.
Really pretty slick except the result. I guess one keeps this for an urgent situation.
USA should do well at the Copa, should we have a poor one, a definite reevaluation would be needed.
I still wish somehow, someone set up a competing competition and a competing world Federation, something since FIFA lacks a lot to be desired out of a sport organizations. The Olympic Committee ultimately nowadays at least seems to have more integrity.
This is a great World Cup but why the lack of cards in the Brazil/Colombia match? Why not instant replay?