Soccer's Lack of Success in the U.S. Essay

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Soccer's Lack of Success in the U.S.

Soccer, or football, which the rest of the world outside of the United States calls it, is surely the most popular sport in the world. Every four years, the world championships of soccer, the World Cup, is watched by literally billions all over the world, beating out the Untied States professional football’s Super Bowl by far. It is estimated that 1.7 billion television viewers watched the World Cup final between France and Brazil in July of 1998. And it is also a genuine world championship, involving teams from 32 countries in the final rounds, unlike America’s baseball World Series that involves only the United States. But although soccer has become an
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Anyone who has attended a live football game knows how commercial time-outs slow the game and sometimes, at its most exciting moments, disrupt the flow of events. There is no doubt that without television definitely would not stay the same in the homes and hearts of Americans. Also, without the money from advertising, the teams couldn’t afford the sky-high salaries of their superstars.

Soccer, on the other hand, except for its halftime break, has no time-outs and is constant run, run, run, back and forth, relentlessly, with only a few seconds of relaxation when a goal is scored, and that happens two or 3 times in a normal game, sometimes never scoring in a game. The best that commercial television can hope for is an injury timeout and that is only when a player is very seriously injured.

Another reason is Americans love their violence, and soccer doesn’t have the violence that American football and soccer have. There is some violence, yes, but Americans can’t expect the the bone-crushing hits in football, and the knockout punch fights in hockey, game after game. In soccer, players are actually singled out and warned with embarrassing “yellow cards” for acts of violence
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