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Old 07-03-2014, 04:15 AM  
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U.S. soccer ratings top NBA Finals

NEW YORK -- An estimated 21.6 million people watched Belgium knock out the United States in the World Cup on U.S. television -- an impressive total for a weekday afternoon that almost certainly undercounts how many people actually saw it.

The Nielsen company said Wednesday that 16.5 million people watched the game on ESPN, with 5.1 million more seeing it on the Spanish-language Univision network. In addition, nearly 1.7 million people watched an online stream of the event, Nielsen said.

The record U.S. television audience for soccer is the 24.7 million who saw the United States play Portugal on June 24, which tied the 2010 World Cup final between Spain and the Netherlands.

The Portugal game took place on a weekend, however, when there were more people with free time available to watch. The U.S.-Belgium game started at 4 p.m. on the East Coast, earlier in other time zones, during a working day.

Nielsen does not measure viewership in bars, offices or other public places. In 2010, ESPN estimated that the stated audience size for weekday World Cup games would increase by 23 percent if public viewing were taken into account.

Still, Tuesday's knockout game exceeded the average viewership for the most recent World Series and NBA Finals, events that took place during prime-time when more people were home to watch.


The just-concluded NBA Finals where the San Antonio Spurs beat the Miami Heat averaged 15.5 million viewers, with 18 million watching the final game. Last fall's World Series averaged 14.9 million viewers, with 19.2 million watching the Boston Red Sox beat the St. Louis Cardinals in the last game.

U.S. coach Jurgen Klinsmann said on Wednesday that everyone connected with the soccer team is excited to see how the sport is reaching a U.S. audience. He could see it coming, given the popularity of the game among young people and the large crowds that turned out for the team's sendoff games before the World Cup.

"Soccer is breaking through and gets its deserved recognition without taking anything away from the other big American sports," Klinsmann said.

He said it's important for people to identify with the way Americans played the game.

"The energy and the commitment and the tempo and the aggressiveness that we played with kind of made people proud at home and surprised a lot of people outside of the United States, maybe in Brazil or in Europe," he said.

The highest overall ratings for the U.S.-Belgium game came in New York, Nielsen said.

ESPN said that overall viewership for the World Cup is up 44 percent over 2010.
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Old 07-03-2014, 03:19 PM   #136
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Its KU basketball fans around these parts that generally think NBA basketball sucks.
Is there any evidence that KSU or Mizzou (or the other Big 12 regional fans here in KC) like the NBA better than college hoops? I'd like to see your evidence.



As for World Cup vs NBA, Kansas City is the #31 media market in the USA. We were 16th for the Ghana game (7.4 rating) and 47th for Game 5 of the NBA (8.3 rating):
http://www.kansascity.com/sports/wor...iewership.html
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Old 07-03-2014, 03:26 PM   #137
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Something tells me you couldn't run full speed while dribbling a soccer ball.

Soccer takes a ton of skill. You just don't have any of it so you choose to be demeaning. It's ok. We get it.
Step 1 - run after ball.
Step 2 - run into ball.
Step 3 - repeat.

Yeah, real ****ing hard. Or do you mean the part where they aren't running but doing the Ace Ventura shuffle?



Obviously Jim Carey is just an athlete beyond the likes any have seen in American sports...
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Old 07-03-2014, 03:34 PM   #138
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I guess that's kind of like being an NFL QB.

Step 1 - Hold ball in hands
Step 2 - Throw ball
Step 3 - Repeat

Or

Step 1 - Hold ball
Step 2 - Hand ball off
Step 3 - Repeat

Yeah, real ****ing hard!
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Old 07-03-2014, 04:01 PM   #139
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Just another reason to hate soccer.
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Old 07-03-2014, 04:49 PM   #140
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Just like the nfl is far superior to the CFB. Obviously professionals are better.
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Old 07-03-2014, 07:00 PM   #141
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Old 07-03-2014, 07:12 PM   #142
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i might also be because the NBA playoffs are 6 months long.
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Old 07-03-2014, 07:26 PM   #143
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Soccer is going to blow up in the US!/ Says someone every year for the last 20 years.
Pro Soccer was completely dead in the US prior to 1994. Dead. Think how far its come in 20 years.

Well, unless you count an over the hill Pele in the late 70s or the MISL.? Kansas City Comets represent!
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Old 07-03-2014, 07:36 PM   #144
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Six months??? You must have missed the first few rounds!
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Old 07-03-2014, 08:02 PM   #145
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Old 07-03-2014, 08:32 PM   #146
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NEW YORK -- An estimated 21.6 million people watched Belgium knock out the United States in the World Cup on U.S. television -- an impressive total for a weekday afternoon that almost certainly undercounts how many people actually saw it.

The just-concluded NBA Finals where the San Antonio Spurs beat the Miami Heat averaged 15.5 million viewers, with 18 million watching the final game.
"Home" populations:

Miami - 5M+
San Antonio - 2M+ vs. United States - 320M

Just sayin...
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Old 07-03-2014, 09:00 PM   #147
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Old 07-03-2014, 09:24 PM   #148
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Of course it is - it takes slightly more athletic ability than golf or running. There is no need for the strength & explosiveness of football or the skill and quick twitch of baseball. Even the most desolate country of weak, uncoordinated metrosexuals can field a team. It is the same reason it is the 'participation trophy sport' of today's youth; when your kid sucks at football, baseball, and every other real sport, there's always soccer.
Not really a soccer fan, but this is stupid.
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Old 07-03-2014, 09:26 PM   #149
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The World Cup is like the Olympics to me. I might catch a soccer game here and there normally, but I always try and at least pay attention to it since it is the biggest international competition there is for the sport.
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Old 07-03-2014, 09:43 PM   #150
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The World Cup is like the Olympics to me. I might catch a soccer game here and there normally, but I always try and at least pay attention to it since it is the biggest international competition there is for the sport.
I record everything I can, I love it. Then again, part of my life was in Rome, and one mile from the stadium. So I get all the arguments, I just know it's awesome. Some changes are needed, but I'm still a huge fan...

And yes, the FIFA WC is much like the Olympics...
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