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(ESPN FC)   The World Cup was so popular in America this year that it beat the NBA Finals and the World Series in TV ratings   (espnfc.us) divider line 198
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2014-07-03 09:49:58 AM  
That is kind of interesting. I would have figured the demographics of soccer - mostly the younger crowd, would be less likely to watch on TV and prefer various online alternatives.
 
2014-07-03 09:53:37 AM  
Nationalism got the ratings, not soccer.
 
2014-07-03 10:08:03 AM  
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/meh
 
2014-07-03 10:29:59 AM  

GRCooper: Nationalism got the ratings, not soccer.


Yeah, I'd like to see it put up against our national pastime for a genuine comparison.
 
2014-07-03 10:35:02 AM  

factoryconnection: GRCooper: Nationalism got the ratings, not soccer.

Yeah, I'd like to see it put up against our national pastime for a genuine comparison.


Masturbating?
 
2014-07-03 10:47:21 AM  

GRCooper: Masturbating?


I'd not like to see 13,000 Sporting KC fans doing this at an open-air shopping district event.
 
2014-07-03 10:52:19 AM  
I'd like to see it compared to the more popular events in the Olympics, I think that would be a more apt comparison.

That said, this was cool.
 
2014-07-03 10:56:43 AM  
The NBA season is over already? I figured we had at least two more month of playoffs.
 
2014-07-03 10:56:52 AM  
Most viewers were just waiting for the 2 girls to make their cup appearance.
 
2014-07-03 10:57:25 AM  
Gee I guess we were all wrong and now soccer is one of our most popular sports!
And this enthusiasm will in no way dissipate after the World Cup is over.
 
2014-07-03 10:57:47 AM  

factoryconnection: GRCooper: Nationalism got the ratings, not soccer.

Yeah, I'd like to see it put up against our national pastime for a genuine comparison.


the USA vs Germany game had smaller ratings than this one, yet it beat the NFL average vieweing.

Also, your logic is kind of dumb. So if it doesn't beat the Super Bowl, then it's shiat?
 
2014-07-03 10:58:23 AM  

SilentStrider: I'd like to see it compared to the more popular events in the Olympics


Synchronized swimming?
 
2014-07-03 10:58:49 AM  
It was bound to happen. At one point someone was going to realize that soccer = big money. Business has an interest in helping soccer become popular in the US.
 
2014-07-03 10:58:49 AM  
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2014-07-03 10:59:45 AM  
I think the Olympics comparison is very apt.  Americans getting excited for soccer once every four years sounds about right.
 
2014-07-03 10:59:48 AM  
So... the knockout round games still got 50 million fewer viewers than watched the Finals or the World Series, and about 90 million fewer than watched the Super Bowl. And those are all played annually.
 
2014-07-03 10:59:59 AM  

SilentStrider: I'd like to see it compared to the more popular events in the Olympics, I think that would be a more apt comparison.


That would be a fair comparison if NBC did not broadcast the Olympics.
 
2014-07-03 11:00:53 AM  

rocky_howard: the USA vs Germany game had smaller ratings than this one, yet it beat the NFL average vieweing.


There are, what, 8 games per week, for 18 weeks?

Congrats -- the elimination game of a World Cup edged that out. I suspect the luge finals did too.
 
2014-07-03 11:06:13 AM  
Yeah, the comparisons aren't very apt.

Yearly event vs. once every four year event.
International event vs. intranational event.

Everyone in the US has claim to the US national team, only people who care about the sport itself care about the NBA finals or World Series if their team of choice isn't in it.

I know that personally I treat the World Cup like the Olympics. I enjoy watching them, but when they're over, you won't see me at a curling match or beach volleyball game.
 
2014-07-03 11:08:26 AM  
I don't like the Olympics/World Cup comparisons. While there is a good deal of nationalism associated with the Olympics, most of the competition is individual and there is a huge amount of diversity in the events themselves. We feel pride in how the US might do "overall" or in the medal count, but for the most part when we are favorites in an event, we are HUGE favorites, and our expectations are to avoid failure.

The nationalism associated with watching the USMNT stems from our belief that we might be getting closer to losing the "underdog" status -- which is the best part of rooting for the team, in my opinion.

In 2002, when we beat Mexico at 2:00 in the morning to advance to the quarterfinals, I thought the US team had finally arrived. But we're still the scrappy underdog all these years later.
 
2014-07-03 11:08:35 AM  

nmrsnr: Yearly event vs. once every four year event.
International event vs. intranational event.

Everyone in the US has claim to the US national team, only people who care about the sport itself care about the NBA finals or World Series if their team of choice isn't in it.


Not to mention that the world series and nba final are series games too as opposed to one single elimination event - the latter is almost certainly going to get more viewers.
 
2014-07-03 11:09:20 AM  
Remember how this country went mad for figure skating after the ratings bonanza from Tonya Harding and Nancy Kerrigan?
 
2014-07-03 11:09:30 AM  

Mateorocks: The nationalism associated with watching the USMNT stems from our belief that we might be getting closer to losing the "underdog" status -- which is the best part of rooting for the team, in my opinion.


Its mostly the satisfaction of beating people who care very much about something in something you are fairly ambivalent about.
 
2014-07-03 11:10:22 AM  
Imagine what the ratings would have been if the games had all been BROADCAST OVER THE AIR FOR FREE.

But ratings aren't the important number in sports. They come in below cable company profits and the handle in Vegas.
 
2014-07-03 11:10:27 AM  
I'm not opposed to soccer being popular in the US, but I am skeptical of it retaining a following in non-WC years. We'll talk when NLS rivals NASCAR for viewership and sponsor money.

Right now, I'd put NLS in with non-Olympic sports, golf, pro rodeo, etc. There's a solid following and Americans will watch it, but most aren't going to make a ritual of watching games on a weekly basis. Yet.
 
2014-07-03 11:10:32 AM  
I'll be interested to see what the tv ratings are like for the rest of the matches. If those games draw the ratings of the games mentioned in TFA I'll take notice. Other wise it's a bunch of people getting excited over an event that happens every four years, and there is nothing wrong with that.
 
2014-07-03 11:13:28 AM  

lilplatinum: Mateorocks: The nationalism associated with watching the USMNT stems from our belief that we might be getting closer to losing the "underdog" status -- which is the best part of rooting for the team, in my opinion.

Its mostly the satisfaction of beating people who care very much about something in something you are fairly ambivalent about.


Correct.
 
2014-07-03 11:15:30 AM  
Sure it was great, and I enjoyed watching those 4 matches, but lets not get too excited just yet.  We can have this discussion when the MLS or the Premier League gets a 4th of those ratings
 
2014-07-03 11:16:31 AM  

rocky_howard: Also, your logic is kind of dumb. So if it doesn't beat the Super Bowl, then it's shiat?


I'm sorry that you're unaware of our national pastime.  For the record, it is baseball.

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2014-07-03 11:17:22 AM  
Don't worry, order will be restored in the fall when everyone watches a white guy tells a bunch of fat people to push each other around a bit while a black guy uses up what's left of his knee cartilage so he can drive a gold plated Cadillac.
 
2014-07-03 11:17:22 AM  
nmrsnr:  I enjoy watching them, but when they're over, you won't see me at a curling match or beach volleyball game.

Whoa, let's not throw the baby out with the bath water here.
 
2014-07-03 11:18:58 AM  

cgraves67: I'm not opposed to soccer being popular in the US, but I am skeptical of it retaining a following in non-WC years. We'll talk when NLS rivals NASCAR for viewership and sponsor money.

Right now, I'd put NLS in with non-Olympic sports, golf, pro rodeo, etc. There's a solid following and Americans will watch it, but most aren't going to make a ritual of watching games on a weekly basis. Yet.


I would venture a guess that more Americans watch the EPL and Champions League than MLS. The quality of MLS is not comparable to the top leagues in Europe, so comparing it to the NFL, MLB, NBA, or even NASCAR is really not fair. In American football, baseball, basketball, and stock car racing, the American league is clearly the best in the world, and all the top stars are competing in it.
 
2014-07-03 11:19:51 AM  
Soldier Field World Cup viewing party
July 1st, US v. Belgium
images.scribblelive.com
 
2014-07-03 11:20:43 AM  

cgraves67: I'm not opposed to soccer being popular in the US, but I am skeptical of it retaining a following in non-WC years. We'll talk when NLS rivals NASCAR for viewership and sponsor money.

Right now, I'd put NLS in with non-Olympic sports, golf, pro rodeo, etc. There's a solid following and Americans will watch it, but most aren't going to make a ritual of watching games on a weekly basis. Yet.


It doesn't help that it's rarely available.  I put American football on as background noise, a lot, though I don't care about it.  If soccer were readily available, I'd choose that, instead.
 
2014-07-03 11:21:12 AM  
I hate soccer what with the Mexicans in Brazil destroying our American way of life and the Euroweenies thinking they're better than me!
 
2014-07-03 11:21:13 AM  

SigmaAlgebra: In American football, baseball, basketball, and stock car racing, the American league is clearly the best in the world, and all the top stars are competing in it.


Americans have darned near a monopoly on football. The "US" football team has a limit on the number of Div I players allowed to compete. The best foreign teams could maybe be competitive in a Division-II NCAA playoff.
 
2014-07-03 11:22:54 AM  
Simple demographics. White people are going extinct.
 
2014-07-03 11:24:03 AM  
Well, America must certainly be approaching its zenith in collective boredom then.  I really, really tried this time but still found myself painting a wall and watching it instead.
 
2014-07-03 11:24:06 AM  

SilentStrider: I'd like to see it compared to the more popular events in the Olympics, I think that would be a more apt comparison.

That said, this was cool.


NBC averages about 5-10m more during their prime time Olympics broadcast. That's multiple sports.
 
2014-07-03 11:24:30 AM  

max_pooper: The NBA season is over already? I figured we had at least two more month of playoffs.


The 2014-2015 NBA season is officially over for the Philadelphia 76ers.

The thing about televised sporting events is, if it doesn't involve US teams, it isn't happening as far as the great US television audience is concerned.
 
2014-07-03 11:24:55 AM  
I care just enough to come in here and say I don't care.
 
2014-07-03 11:26:05 AM  
That IS actually mighty surprising.  The NBA had a MASSIVE media push for that whole series.  It was practically unavoidable.  And generally speaking, basketball is a helluva lot more popular here than soccer.

I guess this situation was unusual because America never makes it that far into the tournament.  So even people who aren't normally fans of the sport became interested simply because it's our team.  Sort of like the Olympics.  If our team didn't win anything, no one would care.  Or, they'd care even less.

Curious point about soccer though.  As an ametuer sport, especially in high school and college, it's incredibly popular.  I've known boatloads of dudes that have played in leagues right into their 40's, and they love it.  It's just not so popular as a spectator sport.
 
2014-07-03 11:26:11 AM  

jaytkay: Soldier Field World Cup viewing party
July 1st, US v. Belgium
[images.scribblelive.com image 800x533]


"Nielsen does not measure viewership in bars, offices or other public places."

It sucks that those 28,000 don't count.
 
2014-07-03 11:26:20 AM  
I thought it was obvious the illegal immigrants have come to America watching the sports Americans won't watch.
 
2014-07-03 11:26:29 AM  

GRCooper: Nationalism got the ratings, not soccer.


Yep.  I'd be curious what the ratings are for the semi-final games and the championship game now that the US is out of it before we start crowning soccer as the new national pastime.
 
2014-07-03 11:29:35 AM  

durbnpoisn: That IS actually mighty surprising.  The NBA had a MASSIVE media push for that whole series.  It was practically unavoidable.  And generally speaking, basketball is a helluva lot more popular here than soccer.

I guess this situation was unusual because America never makes it that far into the tournament.  So even people who aren't normally fans of the sport became interested simply because it's our team.  Sort of like the Olympics.  If our team didn't win anything, no one would care.  Or, they'd care even less.

Curious point about soccer though.  As an ametuer sport, especially in high school and college, it's incredibly popular.  I've known boatloads of dudes that have played in leagues right into their 40's, and they love it.  It's just not so popular as a spectator sport.


Yep, never this far. Well, except for 1994, and 2002, and 2010. So yeah, never this far except for 4 of the last 6 World Cups including this one.
 
2014-07-03 11:30:50 AM  
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.


ESPN estimates are too low. FIFA estimates that 191 trillion people have watched the world cup so far this year. That's up over 53 trillion people for this stage of the cup just 4 years ago. In related news the DEA estimates that American addicts have smoked marijuana with a street  value of just under 950 billion dollars  while watching the world cup this year.
 
2014-07-03 11:31:11 AM  

SigmaAlgebra: durbnpoisn: That IS actually mighty surprising.  The NBA had a MASSIVE media push for that whole series.  It was practically unavoidable.  And generally speaking, basketball is a helluva lot more popular here than soccer.

I guess this situation was unusual because America never makes it that far into the tournament.  So even people who aren't normally fans of the sport became interested simply because it's our team.  Sort of like the Olympics.  If our team didn't win anything, no one would care.  Or, they'd care even less.

Curious point about soccer though.  As an ametuer sport, especially in high school and college, it's incredibly popular.  I've known boatloads of dudes that have played in leagues right into their 40's, and they love it.  It's just not so popular as a spectator sport.

Yep, never this far. Well, except for 1994, and 2002, and 2010. So yeah, never this far except for 4 of the last 6 World Cups including this one.


Haha...  Okay, yo got me.  That's what I get for spreading hearsay without fact checking.
 
2014-07-03 11:34:59 AM  
"The game starts WHEN? F that"

-most of these people in 2018
 
2014-07-03 11:35:07 AM  
the butt hurt is strong.  And amusing

I bet the padres brewers game if there ever is one is a real ratings catcher just like every other regular season snoozefest that we call MLB.

All of you people holding your breath with fingers crossed about the popularity of soccer moving forward?  You can exhale.  It is here to stay.

Four years from now the world cup will be even more popular in the US
 
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