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In many places around the world, they play a game called soccer

July 20, 2011


Last weekend, Japan beat the United States in the women’s World Cup final, which is like the world championship of soccer, for chicks.  Hey, no hard feelings, Japan.  Truth is nobody much cares about soccer in this country anyway.

Since then, I’ve heard a number of people speculating on how to change that – how to make Americans care more about soccer, which after all is a very popular game worldwide.
The problem is that soccer is slow.  The field is huge.  Very little scoring, and too many ties.  How could it attract more fans?

Pictured: popularity

How could a marginal (in this country, anyway) sport capture the attention of American sports fans?

Any ideas?

It can’t be that much of a stretch, come on, think.

Politics?  You think politics?  Celebrities?  I dunno.

I’m not getting that.  Look, we need to … we need to, um, work on our signals.  What was I talking about?

Well I appreciate your enthusiasm, but I don’t know.  I’ll think about it.  Hate to leave the ladies hanging.  There’s gotta be a way.

Some way to build a fan base for soccer in the US.  I got nothing.  Anyone else?

  1. Steve Burri permalink
    July 20, 2011 11:31 pm

    When a women’s soccer game is played on TV, load up all other channels with Rosie O’Donnell, Joy Behar, Helen Thomas, etc. That’ll help rating a little anyway.

  2. July 21, 2011 10:05 am

    Soccer could use more sex, violence, or both… maybe borrow some ideas from 1970s Roller Derby or something


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