Uh-Oh....the Soccer Haters won't like this one bit

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!

Filed under: 2010 World Cup

Tags: World Cup Ratings


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  • Ha ha! Take that Tribune! 0 for 2 on the World Cup final, baseball(ech) was on the front cover today. ESPN is terrific. I think they've told the soccer haters that work there to stop being haters. I saw enough coverage today. Brazil 2014 will be a good one. Got some early faves: Brazil and Germany. Brazil is Brazil, but not only that, they're also hosting. Germany was a good young team but inexperienced. Give em 4 years and they'll be ready to win a cup.

  • Okay . . . .

    Worry much about what others think?

    "Those who mind don't matter, and those who matter don't mind."

  • In reply to fireman451:

    Not really.....just love seeing dumb people being proved wrong.

  • In reply to fireman451:

    Just wondering, why do people feel the need to single out the sport and attack it? These are the same guys that will watch curling, synchronized swimming, or a steeplechase every four years and (especially if there is an American in it) take the time to explain the intricacies of the event so we can all follow it. But when some some footie shows up they actively disparage the game and the fans! It is amazing how visceral their reaction is to soccer. My guess has always been that they (local media and sportscasters) feel threatened by soccer as if it will overtake their world and someone will force them to watch the game. If they don't care for the game, so be it, but please don't act like children covering their faces and thinking it will just go away.

  • In reply to mwaech1:

    This is a great question. I don't have much interest in baseball, but I don't go around telling everyone how boring it is or otherwise attacking it. But for some reason soccer does cause a visceral reaction -- there are no "baseball haters" or "curling haters." For example, in our lunch room yesterday some guys were making fun of how the only goal was scored in the 116' like that meant it was boring up until then, but the same guys would go on about how great a baseball game was when a team scored the only run in the top of the 12th inning and had to get the other side out in the bottom of the inning to win it. WTF?

  • In reply to mwaech1:

    On a completely unrelated note, is the Superliga going to be shown on Univision?

  • In reply to Roti2000:

    Telefutura and Galavision will televise the SuperLiga matches. Superliga2010.com will also stream games live online.

  • In reply to cesba:

    Guillermo, love the coverage, far superior to its predecessor. And the reason for soccer hatred is simple: Xenophobia. Just look at the Troglodyte politics of the haters.

  • In reply to Celt:

    Yep...that is reason #1 imo.

  • In reply to mwaech1:

    Becase people like David Stern know that people are tired of the thugs in basketball and the steroids in baseball and yes the criminals in the NFL and he fears the sport.

  • In reply to fireman451:
  • In reply to cesba:

    That dude keeps on sending me emails after I went on his website.

  • Soccer is getting bigger in the U.S.
    Loving it.


  • In reply to GeoVHill:

    Soccer has been getting bigger for 20 years. Do we really want soccer to be huge here? I don't care if soccer was the front page of the tribune or not. It doesnt matter to me. We will never make the NFL, MLB, NBA, NHL fans become MLS fans so it doesnt matter. If we want soccer news we can go to websites and other outlets for it. If the tribune covered soccer, I wouldn't be going to it for my soccer news. There is plenty of places on the internet to get soccer related stuff. I don't need talk radio to cover it because I dont listen to it. I dont need newspapers to cover it because I dont read them.

  • In reply to Rubberbandman189:

    True, but mass media coverage draws in the casual fans and advertisers who will provide clubs with the cash influx that can be used to improve clubs in the way that the hardcore fans expect.

  • In reply to cesba:

    I think all the "casual fans" have decided if they want to watch soccer or if they dont. Having the tribune talk about it or talk radio isnt going to make someone think that they should come to a game.

  • In reply to Rubberbandman189:

    Some people take your route in following soccer but others want to hear their local team on the radio or have them mention in the newspapers. Outlets like San Jose, Philadelphia, Seattle, DC, Los Angeles, Toronto and New York have the courtesy to cover their soccer team.

  • In reply to Rubberbandman189:

    So, you don't think the media hype had anything to do with casual fans jumping on the Hawks bandwagon?

  • In reply to cesba:

    It might have made them watch but their play kept them attached. NHL, MLB, NBA, NFL players are the best in the world. Players all over the world dream of playing in those leagues. MLS players and the level of play is not even close. 3rd tier maybe. When teams can't make 10 passes in a row and are not good, the "casual fan" won't want to watch.

  • In reply to Rubberbandman189:

    Guillermo, To your "soccer haters" list of Glenn Beck and Jim Rome, you might want to add Al Qaeda--given that they bombed two public Cup viewing parties in Kampala, Uganda.

    I'm sure Beck will enjoy being in the company of Al Qaeda.

  • I would like more fire coverage and less worrying about what other media outlets say about soccer.. just saying.

  • In reply to lijien:

    Poking fun at the media doesn't curtail my Fire coverage.....I think it's important to point it out since nobody else seems to go out of their way to do so and the anti soccer crowd is quick to point out the negatives.

  • In reply to cesba:

    Hey Tone..
    The media for years is the reason why your favorite sport has not got the coverage it deserves and we finaly have a guy who is taking it to these idiots , be happy that there is a voice now to tell people like Goerge offman where to go. Offman said the world cup was a snoozer , but then again , Offman is a guy who fell for the WEBIO thing and got taken to the cleaners.

  • In reply to cesba:

    GR, thank you for pointing it out.

  • In reply to lijien:

    You are getting more Fire coverage here than ever before and more in depth.

  • In reply to lijien:

    Now that proves how soccer is growing.
    As big as the Blackhawks were and the fact that the Lakers are the NBA's glamour team , the Stanley cup finals , the NBA finals , and the world series get the bulk of their ratings from the area's who's teams are participating. The World Cup is a nationalistic competition and the ratings were still there even after the USA was gone. WE are at the point now if a person has a choice of watching the world cup or watching the NBA finals without their local team in it they will watch the world cup and that is real progress.

  • In reply to FireStingDoug:

    Another unfair comparison that people get confused is the MLS is described as a "Crappy league" versus EPL being more superior. Here is the catch, the MLS has existed for 15 years opposed to EPL has 100 years with history and tradition of soccer. The MLS are newcomers to this game and the United States in general. The skill level in Europe is better than the league in the United States. United States soccer and the MLS is growing and the World Cup is an introduction for more things to come and USMNT will get better at soccer with the development of programs, youth academies and observing talent in the high school/college ranks. Don Garber was interviewed in a Toronto sports station mentioning that the league doesn't want to overspend x amount of dollars get a big name player too soon and at the same time not to spend so much money on a big name player that is on his downside of the career. He wants the league to have everything balance out nicely. The only flaw about Commissioner Garber is pursuing a 2nd New York franchise as the 20th MLS team. He never mentions that attendance for the New York Red Bulls with a new stadium hasn't improved much. He needs to find different solutions on how to improve the Red Bulls organization before considering a second team in New York. I hope the acquisitions of Thierry Henry and another big name DP is a start of building not only Red Bulls but certain struggling franchises in the MLS as well.

  • In reply to longoria3:

    The "casual fan" doesn't care that the league has only been around for 15 years. If they watch a EPL match on Saturday morning and really enjoy it, then go to the next MLS match that is close to them, they will be bitterly disappointed because the quality is so low.

  • In reply to Rubberbandman189:

    The casual fan sees the EPL is a better league because it has been around for 100 years and they make comparisons to MLS that is a bad league due to the fact they had been around for less than 20 years. This is the part that the casual fans doesn't realize. The MLS is not a overnight process but it is going to take some time to develop a great talent. Give them 10 to 20 years to become superior. MLS players like Donovan, De Rosario, Montero, Angel, Buddle and etc is a good start.

  • In reply to lijien:

    The Fire Confidential is based on alot of Fire coverage, MLS news, soccer transactions, post game interviews from the players and coach and local and national sportswriters thoughts on soccer. You are getting in depth coverage of everything and GR is the only guy that points out certain local sports meatheads in general that downgrade the game while he gives you up to date news on the Fire and deep analysis around the soccer world to inform the fans.

  • DJ,
    It wasn't a particularly good game and I do believe the Dutch tactics were the reason. I thought the referee blew two corner kicks calls (one for each side) but the amount of cards was justified while Holland was fortunate not to receive at least one straight red in the first half.

    You are absolutely correct in your last statement....you can't generally assume that all games are alike based on a mediocre final although there were a few thrilling moments.

  • In reply to cesba:

    When Spain scored the GW goal in the 116 minute mark, the Netherlands players were complaining that it was offsides. One of the players from the Netherlands spiked the ball full of disgust in front of the official should had resulted in a red card.

  • I thought there were a few times where the ref blew the whistle when he didn't have too, but overall I thought the game was called very well. The Dutch were my second favorite team in the tournament and I don't think they did themselves justice with there aproach to the game. They were playing very dirtyand only have themselves to blame for the loss.

  • In reply to fire1020:

    There is no other way to play Spain. You're not going to out possess them. You need to beat them up and hope to get a counter against them which Holland did twice. They didn't finish and Spain got 1 chance and they won 1-0. Spain plays the same way Barcelona plays. Pass the other teams to death. All it takes is one breakdown and Spain/Barcelona will make you pay. The only real way to score against Spain is to absorb all the pressure so they leave Puyol and Pique alone in the back and then counter. Thats how Inter beat Barcelona and the Swiss beat Spain.

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