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(Deadspin)   Six times as many people watched a rerun of The Vampire Diaries as watched MLS on ESPN2   (deadspin.com) divider line 15
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2012-09-27 10:46:24 PM
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Slow To Return: A country of overweight slobs born and bred on instant gratification can't be bothered to wait 90 minutes for a goal to be scored?

Baloney, says I.


Hurrrrr. Americans love offense. They have since General Sherman plowed the South under, continued with General Patton, and has since been reflected in all of the 4 major sports augmenting their game to increase offense, which has universally resulted in increased viewership and attendence. Defense is nice, but it doesn't win ratings. Has nothing to do with your bigoted views.
2012-09-27 03:18:53 PM
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In related news, Justin Bieber has sold ten times as many records as Led Zeppelin.

/Go Timbers
2012-09-27 02:42:23 PM
1 votes:
A country of overweight slobs born and bred on instant gratification can't be bothered to wait 90 minutes for a goal to be scored?

Baloney, says I.
2012-09-27 01:17:15 PM
1 votes:
I'll bet a lot of sporting events get ratings lower than whatever tweener garbage is on...
2012-09-27 12:00:29 PM
1 votes:
The US dominance of Global Soccer is a matter of when and not if.

Never, ever, ever happen. The top level Euro and S.A. junior players are recruited into top tier pro run training academies at a very early age. There isn't a university in this country, much less a H.S. or AYSO program that offers anything near the quality coaching these kids are getting at 8,9 and 10 years old and maybe even younger. US kids are years and years behind their counterparts even before they waste 4 years playing NCAA soccer.
2012-09-27 11:49:24 AM
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I just wish ESPN would stop shoving soccer down our throats. Every top ten has at least three indistinguishable goals scored from twenty feet out. It's boring and clearly not winning viewers. I know they spent big money on US broadcast rights, but you're never gonna recoup that.

A sport that uses scarves as their primary paraphernalia is never gonna take off in America. Might as well be team branded butt plugs. And every player has some sort of child sex slave assigned to them that they hold hands with before a game? Europeans are weird
2012-09-27 11:43:54 AM
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I kind of like soccer. Take it or leave it kind of thing but I do enjoy it immensely on occasion.

What I hate, is being part of a nation in which you are either the best, biggest, most, richest, have the highest ratings... or you suck. Maybe in 500 years Americans will have achieved some kind of magical harmony in which we all do the same thing at the same time every day after we have finally 'you suck!'ed everything else to death.
2012-09-27 10:32:53 AM
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feanorn: How is this news? Soccer is the least tv-friendly sport out there, except for maybe cricket. American audiences have many far, far better viewer-oriented options, and they vote with their remotes.


Honestly, I find good soccer to be among the best tv viewing experiences in sports. Constant action, no commercials, you get to actually see the ridiculous stuff that these athletes can do, and you know exactly how long the game is going to last.

The key, though, is "good". The MLS isn't.
2012-09-27 10:26:15 AM
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feanorn: Loud_Mouth_Soup: feanorn: Soccer is the least tv-friendly sport out there.


Yeah, no.

Then what? Baseball? It has breaks for commercials, and at least they're not dithering on all the time, passing the ball back and forth without trying to score. Jai Alai? Squash? Seriously, what's a worse sport for tv than one which doesn't stop (except in the middle) and which has very few moments of actual action?


Spoken like a true American that has no idea of the run of play of soccer. Thanks for your input.
2012-09-27 10:19:53 AM
1 votes:
Oh hey, here we go:

League ticket income:

NBA: 3.8 billion
MLS: 280 million

Oh yeah, that's close.

Although I question their numbers simply because the 49ers' tickets can't possibly be that cheap.
2012-09-27 09:32:42 AM
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ScouserDuck: In related news...a majority of Americans watch inane shiate on TV. This statistic doesn't make fun of MLS as much as it makes fun of American's choice of programming.


Check the ratings for shows such as Jersey Shore, Real Housewives of Wherever, that farking Honey Boo Boo show and others, and you'll be frightened at exactly how true your point is.
2012-09-27 09:19:51 AM
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If they broadcast minor league baseball, it'd get roughly the same ratings, and deservedly so
2012-09-27 09:10:20 AM
1 votes:
I love watching MLS and I don't care who knows it.
2012-09-27 09:03:32 AM
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Spanky_McFarksalot: No matter how much they try to make soccer popular in america, it simply won't be.

Our young females play soccer. start putting womens game on lifetme network or oprah or whatever.


Umm..it is already popular.
2012-09-27 09:00:48 AM
1 votes:
No matter how much they try to make soccer popular in america, it simply won't be.

Our young females play soccer. start putting womens game on lifetme network or oprah or whatever.
 
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