Ratings have been released for yesterday's Spain-Holland World Cup final and they are impressive. The match drew the highest ratings of any soccer telecast ever in US history.
It also bested the total audience for USA v Ghana by almost 5 million viewers, proving that interest was not based solely on the progression of the United States National Team. The numbers also beat the last game of the 2009 World Series, almost tripled the viewers for the deciding game of the Stanley Cup Finals (sorry Hawks fans), and came very close to game 7 of the NBA finals (which was the highest rated finals game since 1998).
I suppose Glenn Beck, the loud mouths on local sports radio who are in constant denial, and the likes of Jim Rome will simply just continue to ignore the facts and act like World Cup 2010 was some sort of anomaly. The fact is they're dinosaurs and the possible award of World Cup 2018 or 2022 to the United States is the fast approaching meteor that will wipe them out once and for all.
I'm already looking forward to Brazil 2014!