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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, 12:15 PM   #91
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I don't even like soccer but it's the most popular sport in the ****ing world.
No, it's not. Not even close.
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Bullshit

Bullshit that it's the most popular sport in the world or that you just can't hate on it?
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Old 07-03-2014, 12:15 PM   #93
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No, it's not. Not even close.
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No, it's not. Not even close.

Huh? What's more popular?
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Old 07-03-2014, 12:17 PM   #95
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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.
Yeah, people tend to be more interested in Justin Beiber, KanYAY West, that idiot nekikid singer chick swinging on a ball, Ocho-Cinco, and the Kardashians than level headed athletes who aren't assholes. Go figure..

Hey, even NASCAR went through this a Jimmy Johnson started winning it all and looked to be that way for years to come. He came to the track, he won, he smiled a bit and said, "Yay Lowe's and my team", then went home until the next race. He left a hole in what "the sport" could fill with the times they sport wasn't "in session".

So it's all over, folks like their stars to be celebrities too...
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No, it's not. Not even close.
Taking into account the entire world, it is and it's not even close. You go to Europe at any point during the professional soccer season or world/regional tournament and that's pretty much all you see as far as sports go on tv and in the newspapers. It also completely dominates in Africa and South America. Your post reeks of MURICA!!!!!!!!!!
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Bullshit that it's the most popular sport in the world or that you just can't hate on it?
Can't hate on it
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Old 07-03-2014, 12:19 PM   #98
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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.
It also has to do with San Antonio being a tiny market. They could have huge stars and the ratings still wouldn't be that great compared to an LA/NY finals pairing.
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Nope
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Has to be a troll.

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So. Your belief is more people participate in NFL style football world wide than soccer.
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Soccer sucks almost as much as the NBA.
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And baseball sucks more than either of them.
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And baseball sucks more than either of them.
Only to a homosexual man.
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