2006-06-12

ESPN2 ???

The most popular sporting event in the world is underway. Team from 32 nations have gathered in Germany for 64 games that attract greater audiences than a winter and summer olympics combined. Costa Rica's president declared a national holiday for their opening game last Friday and game day is a de facto holiday for almost every other nation competing.

...And then there's the U.S.A. Coming off its most impressive performance in recent history (reaching the quarterfinals in 2002) and fielding an arguably better team this year, American soccer fans are more excited than ever to follow their team's progress. Yet in the U.S., the game will not even be broadcast on network television! God forbid we preempt our soap operas. What's worse, it won't even be broadcast on its most widely-available cable sports station, ESPN! (Yes, ESPN, which last week gave the same time slot to the national spelling bee.) No, soccer fans... if you want to watch the U.S. play in the most popular sporting event in the world, you'll have to tune in to ESPN2. ESPN2 ?!?!?!?

4 comments:

eliBaker said...

ESPN2 will be broadcasting the national dominoes championship after a world cup game tonight with bass fishing to follow. It is shameful!

Anonymous said...

I think this will all start to change. Everyone at school was talking about the World Cup yesterday and trying to figure out how to see it during school. Some kids wore soccer jerseys. I kept my computer on the internet(will I get in trouble? I don't care!)for a cartoon play by play of the USA game. I know others figured out ways to keep up with the scoring. If we're doing that at a Christian school, then ESPN is really out of the loop! They'll catch on$$$$$$

alisa said...

shameful is the perfect word. dominoes and bass fishing, fine. but this is a national team that has trained incredibly hard to represent the country to the rest of the WORLD, and they don't even show enough respect to broadcast it on espn, much less on major network channels. how do they expect viewers to get more excited about the games if they make it so difficult to watch? aaarrrggghhh!

Carissa said...

I watched a game and that in itself testifies that soccer is still reaching the uninformed, athletically ignorant and inept masses! (Sorry Brandon, but the ladies who read your blog will agree...)"God bless soccer boy legs!"