World Cup: Four Reasons To Watch

Guest columnist Brandon Castro (@brandoncee) shares his reasons why we should watch the World Cup even though Team USA didn’t qualify for the tournament.

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Timing

It is a down time for American sports. The only major sport ongoing at this time is the MLB and even baseball has not hit their midway point to the season.

So I have an alternative.

The FIFA World Cup is one month in duration. Yes, just one month. It started June 14th and a champion will be crowned on July 15th. How is that for a season? Is it quicker that the NBA playoffs? Absolutely!

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USA’s Beatdown Of Japan Was The Highest-Rated Soccer Game In U.S. Television History

USA’s Beatdown Of Japan Was The Highest-Rated Soccer Game In U.S. Television History

This doesn’t surprise me. There are a lot of factors going into this, including the fact that it was the women and that Americans are still trying to get into soccer. But hey, the chance for America to win a world championship will always draw ratings. But to what extent? Fortunately it was a very American weekend with Independence Day, I bet people were on an American high.

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Sunday night’s 5-2 victory for the United States over Japan in the Women’s World Cup Final was historical for a number of reasons. For starters, the U.S. is now the only team in the world to win the tournament three times. The American women ended the 16-year drought from their last title in 1999, but besides winning, the victory produced some historical numbers when it came to television ratings.

The game, which aired on Fox, scored a 15.2/27 metered market result, the highest number ever for a soccer game on a single network in U.S. television history. According to TV by the Numbers, 20.3 million Americans age 18-49 watched the final, which is more than the average viewership for this year’s NBA Finals. The 2011 Women’s World Cup Final drew an audience of 14.1 million.

Who says Americans don’t like soccer?

UPDATE: Sounds like the final viewership number is even…

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ESPN thinks Team USA will be hampered against China because there is “too much yellow”

“Red, white and blue will be hampered by the existence of too much yellow…”

That was what was said when talking about USA’s matchup against China. I am pretty sure it was about yellow cards, but come on! That was just poor wording and unintentional racism.

I had never watched so much soccer in my life in these past few weeks

Tim Howard was fun to watch today.

I don’t watch soccer. I never grew up caring for the sport. I cared for other sports. But soccer wasn’t one of them.

Most times when the World Cup comes along I might watch one match and that’s it. But this year, I decided to watch more. It was more out of curiosity than anything else. And it was good background noise from my TV as I did other things.

But as I watched more and more, there were elements that were presented that reminded me why I don’t watch soccer. The flopping, the lack of scoring, the ties were all frustrating. But there were also great moments of athleticism and upsets that caught my attention too.

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Under Armour releases country-themed Superman shirts for World Cup

What a great idea. Even though Superman grew up in America and lived there, fighting for the American dream, he means a lot to people all over the world. Naturally with Under Armour’s right to Superman and their desire to grow during the World Cup, this happened.

These Superman shirts feature the design of the flags of some of the countries participating in the World Cup. Those countries include: USA, Canada, Italy, Germany, Ireland, England, South Korea, Mexico, Chile and Holland.

Surprisingly, the host country Brazil is not shown.

What do you think? Is it a good look and a smart merchandising and marketing opportunity?

What if you took NFL logos and remixed them into European football (soccer) crests?

This is a real neat experiment where they take NFL team logos and turned them into European football (soccer) crests. For a small crest, they’re really detailed and creative

In fact, I think that some of the NFL teams should adapt some of them. What do you think about these?

The Rams crest is awesome.

Chris Wondolowski is Stevie Wonder

That’s pretty clever. And hey, whatever put the player at ease, I’m for it.