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Old 07-03-2014, 05:15 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, 12:55 PM   #76
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I get what you are saying, but I can't help but think they should be more consistently on target.
Fair enough. To me it just points to how hard it is to score a goal at the highest of levels.
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Old 07-03-2014, 01:01 PM   #77
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Fair enough. To me it just points to how hard it is to score a goal at the highest of levels.
That's the problem I have with soccer. I feel like it's a game that is fundamentally imbalanced towards the defense; that's not the player's fault, but it rewards flukish behavior nearly as much as excellent play.

To me, it's akin to playing baseball with 12 fielders with a 450 foot fence or football with three downs and 20 yards to get a first. Sure, it's possible, but it's unnecessarily difficult.

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Old 07-03-2014, 01:02 PM   #78
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The Super Bowl ratings have been in the 90 millions recently and rising, right?

Anyone have NFL postseason game ratings?

And regular season while you're at it?

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Old 07-03-2014, 01:02 PM   #79
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3 different threads soccer fans are bitching because people dont like the shitty sport
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Old 07-03-2014, 01:04 PM   #80
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That's the problem I have with soccer. I feel like it's a game that is fundamentally imbalanced towards the defense; that's not the player's fault, but it rewards flukish behavior nearly as much as excellent play.

To me, it's akin to playing baseball with 12 fielders with a 450 foot fence or football with three downs and 20 yards to get a first. Sure, it's possible, but it's unnecessarily difficult.

(Cue: "you're an impatient American")
Ha, so seems you wanted to be offended before I could offend you.

It is absolutely weighted towards defenders and one moment of hopeful swatting can undue amazing build up work that started 20 passes ago. Can be cruel and unjust...lower lows and higher highs when it all comes together.
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I don't even like soccer but it's the most popular sport in the ****ing world.

You just can't hate on it.
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Old 07-03-2014, 01:06 PM   #82
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Interesting about the NBA ratings is that the Spurs have 4 of the 10 lowest NBA Finals ratings. US sports watching population doesn't like the San Antonio Spurs. Its a shame that Kobe is a hurt bitch anymore because a Heat/Lakers final would be ratings boom.
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I don't even like soccer but it's the most popular sport in the ****ing world.

You just can't hate on it.
Bullshit
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Interesting about the NBA ratings is that the Spurs have 4 of the 10 lowest NBA Finals ratings. US sports watching population doesn't like the San Antonio Spurs. Its a shame that Kobe is a hurt bitch anymore because a Heat/Lakers final would be ratings boom.
Ok Roger Goodell.
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Ha, so seems you wanted to be offended before I could offend you.

It is absolutely weighted towards defenders and one moment of hopeful swatting can undue amazing build up work that started 20 passes ago. Can be cruel and unjust...lower lows and higher highs when it all comes together.
In a way, soccer striking is similar to baseball hitting. You have tons of whiffs and near-misses and every once in a while a hitter truly centers up a ball and drives it. The difference between soccer is that hitters in baseball get lots and lots of chances to hit a baseball, where in soccer you only get a handful of chances during a game.

As to why many shots are off target, I think it mainly has to do with soccer players almost never being in space near the goal. Every once in a while you have a defensive breakdown or a guy like Messi shaking free of everybody but normally a striker is working in an extremely confined space with almost no decision making time.
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Interesting about the NBA ratings is that the Spurs have 4 of the 10 lowest NBA Finals ratings. US sports watching population doesn't like the San Antonio Spurs. Its a shame that Kobe is a hurt bitch anymore because a Heat/Lakers final would be ratings boom.
Thats because people are stupid and still think the Spurs play the same style they did 10 years ago.
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3 different threads soccer fans are bitching because people dont like the shitty sport
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That's the problem I have with soccer. I feel like it's a game that is fundamentally imbalanced towards the defense; that's not the player's fault, but it rewards flukish behavior nearly as much as excellent play.

To me, it's akin to playing baseball with 12 fielders with a 450 foot fence or football with three downs and 20 yards to get a first. Sure, it's possible, but it's unnecessarily difficult.

(Cue: "you're an impatient American")
I agree. "The world" is blind to some obvious faults, and are purists to say the very least. Further, they have no intention to let the U.S. weigh-in on what most us us to see as obvious flaws in the game. But what can you do???

Oh, and "you're an impatient American"............
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It is kind of funny seeing the contrast. Dana White one time went on a really long anti soccer rant between doing whatever he does to build up the millionth UFC event in a year and his main gripe was that the goal was so big and scoring was so ridiculously easy that it made soccer a sham...a ball that small being able to be shot in an area that huge.

Former USMNT player and former Wizard Jimmy Conrad invited him to come out to a game and play but nothing really ever came of it.
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Thats because people are stupid and still think the Spurs play the same style they did 10 years ago.
No its because basketball is star driven. Duncan has always been really good, but he is a boring ass. Their other two stars are a Frenchman and an Argentinan. American population isn't going to like that. Leonard could change a lot of that for the Spurs IMO.
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