June 28th, 2010
12:01 PM ET

U.S.-Ghana game makes TV history

U.S. soccer fans in New York react Saturday during their team's match against Ghana.

[Updated at 1:30 p.m.] History may have repeated itself when Ghana beat the United States 2-1 in extra time, eliminating the Americans from the World Cup on Saturday, but the weekend match did make television history of its own.

The contest became the most-watched men's game in FIFA World Cup history in the United States, according to ESPN. In 2006, Ghana also eliminated the U.S. with a 2-1 win.

For more than two hours Saturday afternoon, an average 14.9 million viewers tuned in to ABC, according to ESPN, 13 percent more than the highly anticipated U.S. versus England World Cup game June 12, which ended in a 1-1 draw.

Combined with viewers from Spanish TV network Univision, the number of viewers exceeds 19 million, according to latest data from Nielson media research.

The U.S.-Ghana contest also ranks as the third highest-rated Men's World Cup game on record, behind two matches in 1994 - the game between the U.S. and Brazil and that year's men's final between Brazil and Italy.

San Diego was the top market for Saturday’s Team USA game, delivering a 15.4 rating, according to ESPN. In fact, the California city was the top market for all three previous U.S. matches, when the team played against England, Slovenia and Algeria.

The 1999 women's final (U.S.-China) still averaged the most viewers for a soccer game in the U.S., with about 18 million viewers.

Soccer fever has gripped much of America this World Cup season. Audience viewership for the first three games played by the U.S. was up 68 percent in 2010, compared with the same point during the 2006 World Cup, according to an earlier report by Nielson media research.

An average of 11.1 million viewers caught the English and Spanish-language broadcasts for each of the U.S. three Group C matchups in this year’s World Cup. In 2006, the U.S. three group stage games averaged 6.6 million viewers.

“These ratings demonstrate the remarkable increase of interest in U.S. soccer over the last four years,” Stephen Master, Nielsen's vice president of sport, said in a statement.

“The numbers are even more impressive when you consider that two of these games were played on weekday mornings, when many viewers are at work. Although more people than ever chose to watch live streaming video of the games from their computers and mobile devices, TV viewing climbed even higher.”

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  1. joecooool

    14.9 million out of our 300 million plus population?

    Thats only 5%

    This years Super Bowl by comparison, pulled in 106 million viewers.

    June 28, 2010 at 12:24 pm | Report abuse |
    • AbolishPoliticalParties

      The difference is that soccer has never been very popular here. Our football is already extremely popular. That would be why this is news and 100+ million people watching the Super Bowl is not.

      June 28, 2010 at 12:46 pm | Report abuse |
    • BV

      It wasn't the championship game, and no one's comparing it the super bowl.

      June 28, 2010 at 12:51 pm | Report abuse |
    • hate-sucks

      No doubt – most american prefer to watch fat guys run into each other while taking 4 hrs to playa 60 minute game – soccer is just to deep for them – with soccer, you need to pay attention for more then a few seconds at a time.

      June 28, 2010 at 1:01 pm | Report abuse |
    • John

      This data is WRONG, they are considering the ratings ONLY for ABC and ESPN but guess what? the majority of the hispanics in US they dont watch the soccer in those channels, they are watching UNIVISION!, so believe it or not, the 19 millions are AMERICANS WATCHING THE REAL FOOTBALL!! GO BRAZIL!!!!!

      June 28, 2010 at 1:08 pm | Report abuse |
    • DRM

      Soccer is the next up and coming sport in the US........And always will be.

      June 28, 2010 at 1:20 pm | Report abuse |
    • srk

      Comparison is not correct we are comparing regional/local game against global game both football and cricket both has more global viewer than combined all american games. This article is just talking about the real football the one played with feet's it becoming popular in USA

      June 28, 2010 at 1:26 pm | Report abuse |
    • Guillermo Lugo

      Your stupid men. If 5% of population watched the US-Ghana game, that is a huge grow for the soccer in America. I know, you said 106 millions will watch the SuperBowl, that is cool number, but its only 35%, the WC final game is expected to be watch by 72% of the UK population, 80% in spain, 65% in Italy, in reality this WC final match is to be watch for 1 every 6 people in the whole world. So, keep it cool Joecooool.

      June 28, 2010 at 1:29 pm | Report abuse |
    • MR

      Why is we discussing this points? Enjoyable game is ghana-usa so peoples watched more.

      June 28, 2010 at 1:36 pm | Report abuse |
    • Doug

      No one is trying to argue that these numbers compare to the Superbowl. However, they are comparable to the numbers that the World Series and NBA finals have been drawing, and are way above the Stanley Cup. Given how little attention soccer has historically gotten in the US, this is pretty remarkable.

      June 28, 2010 at 1:36 pm | Report abuse |
    • Vickster

      @John...I didn't read. the article states " an average 14.9 million viewers tuned in to ABC, according to ESPN...Combined with viewers from Spanish TV network Univision, the number of viewers exceeds 19 million" They did account for UNIVISION in those numbers.

      June 28, 2010 at 1:37 pm | Report abuse |
    • Truth

      AbolishPoliticalParties,
      The Superbowl viewership WAS news. It was the most watched event in the history of U.S. TV ratings. You must have missed that one.

      June 28, 2010 at 1:39 pm | Report abuse |
    • monetlks

      nobody really cares. americans are no good as soccer.. good to see this over so I dont hear anymore about it.

      June 28, 2010 at 2:05 pm | Report abuse |
    • jkr

      frog in the well..

      June 28, 2010 at 2:17 pm | Report abuse |
    • Scotty

      Joecooool... Did you know that more people watch the Superbowl than a Wild Card playoff game in the NFL? Captain obvious right? Well that was the US... 16 teams still in trying to make it to the Championship game. Also, the last WorldCup was viewed by over 15 BILLION viewers world wide – many times more than the worldwide viewership for the Superbowl.

      Now, if you just care about U.S. viewership – this little "final 16" Soccer Match still put the rest of the US sports playoff games to shame – and it is identical in U.S. viewership to many early round NFL playoff games. So, what do you think would happen if the U.S. was in the World Cup Championship game on a Sunday afternoon? Maybe not 100 Million, but I would bet well over 50 million. Soccer dominates not only on the globe, but is on track even in the USA – why else do you think there was such better coverage this year by ESPN? Well... they did the same math.

      June 28, 2010 at 2:29 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dude

      It must be a thrill for a small country like Ghana to bring down the United States in two successive World Cups.

      June 28, 2010 at 2:30 pm | Report abuse |
    • Rob

      Since you like statistics... The average american football game has the ball in play for 13 minutes... Out of 60 minutes of possible game time that is played out over 4 hours... So the superbowl was a 13 minute game watched by 100 million people... Meanwhile the 14.9 million people that watched the US – Ghana world cup game were treated to around 125 minutes of actual game play and in less than 4 hours. Actually in 2.5 hours. Who got their moneys worth? No offense to Betty White, but I would rather watch a game than a snickers commercial. 🙂

      I would also venture a guess that most Soccer fans celebrate together at bars and pubs while most football fans watch the game at home each turning on a tv generating more television ratings. The east coast had bars open at game time. The west coast may not have since the game did start earlier over there, hence more ratings in Cali. 🙂

      June 28, 2010 at 2:34 pm | Report abuse |
    • MrBo

      The funny thing is that the Super Bowl's 106 Million USA viewers = 106 World Viewers
      ie, NO ONE else outside the USA cares about "American" football.

      Yet, the Ghana vs USA game's 15 Million USA viewers << 15 BILLION+ World Viewers
      ie, no one cares that the USA doesn't care about soccer.

      June 28, 2010 at 2:45 pm | Report abuse |
    • the others

      by comparison other nations in the world typically exceed 60% viewership when their countries are playing in the world cup. US sports will never reach that level in soccer or in any other sport. a pretty sad statement actually....

      June 28, 2010 at 2:48 pm | Report abuse |
    • stickman

      Im guessing the mexicans in The US are probably illigal and are not real americans.... thats why the number is lower...... If they are watching telemundo they are helping the mexican ratings.... whos Brazil?..........

      June 28, 2010 at 3:04 pm | Report abuse |
    • stickman

      Funny how the negative responses to ole joe here...the people dont even speak proper english......

      MR writes "Why is we discussing this points? Enjoyable game is ghana-usa so peoples watched more."

      Si...............

      June 28, 2010 at 3:10 pm | Report abuse |
    • Yeah thats right

      People only watch the super bowl for the commercials

      June 28, 2010 at 3:29 pm | Report abuse |
    • Evan

      They aren't talking about % of total US population, they mean % of TV households in America. It's a ratings thing. They get the stats from Nielsen. The blogger just showed a % without giving much information as to what % they were referring to.

      June 28, 2010 at 3:30 pm | Report abuse |
    • afb74

      Good point. But one thing the article fails to statisticize is how many people watched these games at bars. Here in NYC, the bars were spilling over with soccer fanatics. Everyone I know has a Superbowl party at their apartment or house where people watch the game casually and eat junk food, but for the FIFA World Cup? Everyone I know went to a bar to watch the game among fellow soccer fans. Seriously, the question of the day at my office on Friday was "what bar should I go to tomorrow to watch the USA vs Ghana game?". No one was watching this at home. I believe many, many more than 19million were watching on Saturday.

      June 28, 2010 at 3:40 pm | Report abuse |
    • Khalid30

      American foootball has got no real passion in it same for baseball...Superbowl, stupid stuff made for stupid viewers..

      June 28, 2010 at 4:05 pm | Report abuse |
    • What?

      What the hell? 15 billion viewers in a world of 6 billion humans? Where are you people coming up with your numbers?

      June 28, 2010 at 4:40 pm | Report abuse |
    • BigKahuna

      Hey scotty just wanted to let you know that whereever you got your stats from is completley wrong. For your information there are only 6 Billion people in the world so unless you think aliens are watching soccer then you are wrong. Make sure that you get your facts straight before you open your mouth.

      June 28, 2010 at 5:05 pm | Report abuse |
    • ErieVern

      Soccer's too "deep" for Americans?
      that's just stupid. Soccer is simple and can be explained in 10 minutes. Try to explain football to someone that never saw the game.
      America is the only country that offers Football, baseball, soccer and basketball to high school kids. And with those choices, soccer loses. It will always be for the kids not good enough for our more popular sports.

      June 28, 2010 at 6:03 pm | Report abuse |
    • Gene

      @hate-sucks: 1:01 P.M.

      "No doubt – most american prefer to watch fat guys run into each other while taking 4 hrs to playa 60 minute game – soccer is just to deep for them – with soccer, you need to pay attention for more then a few seconds at a time."

      I think that's because futbol is this continuous Brownian Motion of a game where goals are scored seemingly at random. There is no emotional buildup to a score, as in the foreplay of anticipation just before the ball is snapped or pitched, especially near the end of an important tied game.

      June 28, 2010 at 6:34 pm | Report abuse |
    • Wesley

      Comparing the Super Bowl viewer ship of 106million to a Group C match up in the world cup is equivalent to comparing the the Super Bowl to a reguar season game ... A fairer comparison would be to compare the finals of both sport ... The super bowl with 106 million (your number) to the World Cup final will is just shy of 1 billion .. There is NO comparison

      June 29, 2010 at 3:25 am | Report abuse |
  2. HGalore

    Soccer Fever is finally catching up in US .. so far this game is underestimated in terms of revenue ...

    http://www.hijabgalore.com

    June 28, 2010 at 12:33 pm | Report abuse |
    • Truth

      It wasn't soccer fever. It was world cup fever. Just like Olympic swimming.

      June 28, 2010 at 1:44 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jayse

      TRUTH: It's time for you to look up a little truth yourself about the game of soccer. I'm a huge Giants fan but the game of American football EVOLVED from the game of international football. Honestly, there's no comparison between the two sports in this country. BUT, let's be honest...the rules have gotten so bad that you can't even breathe on the QB wrong without a penalty, the commercials have gotten way out of hand, and the hype and analysis that surrounds it? Why don't we fit 20 guys in a studio, 18 of them ex-players who couldn't put a sentence together if their life depended on it and over analyze the hell out of a game by saying things like "If the Jets can contain Peyton Manning they may have a shot to win the game."

      With soccer, the game is over in 2 hours and that includes half time. It's not a 6 hour ordeal with timeouts. I kinda like that aspect.(The NBA which is very boring gives way too many time outs). Goals are so rare that you go crazy when a team scores. Donovans goal against Algeria was so exciting because the odds that it would happen were easilty 100-1.

      We don't need to get rich off this sport....just have it in American eye so that we can join in with the rest of the world to see what al the excitment is. Do you think Mexico cares about ratings? They have one of the most successful world teams (from a league in Mexico) and I don't think ratings are a factor. BTW, there are plenty of folks in England who don't follow international football. Just thought I'd throw that in.

      June 28, 2010 at 2:32 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Guest

    Wow! The redneck racists are out in force today

    June 28, 2010 at 12:35 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Luke

    Listen to yourselves. It was a statistic about soccer and you go on the offensive – ripping on Mexicans – and the defensive – protecting your precious superbowl.

    June 28, 2010 at 12:36 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Franck

    And I am confident that these ratings will increase again for the next world cup. As a french soccer fan and after the french team failure I had had a lot of hopes in the appealing technical and tactical display of the american team. Too bad. But I bet the US team will be in the top 4 teams for the next edition. Maybe world cup winner in 8 years from now...

    June 28, 2010 at 12:37 pm | Report abuse |
    • ussoccer

      Franck - I agree with your "8 yr plan". Much success and growth ahead......

      June 28, 2010 at 1:51 pm | Report abuse |
  6. JA

    So you are complaining that people of Hispanic descent got together to support the US Team? You guys are all morons. I got together with a big group of people to watch the Mexico/Argentina game. Guess what, no Latinos..just people who happen to like soccer. Why does that threaten anyone? I still like baseball and hockey, I just like soccer more. Why does it have to be a contest? Why can't people be excited to support their countries team?

    BTW, no one is comparing this to super bowl, but you. All they are saying is there was an increase in support. Everything isn't about football btw. There aren't enough commercials in soccer to get the major sponsors behind it.

    June 28, 2010 at 12:38 pm | Report abuse |
    • Matt

      It's not a contest, it just so happens that San Diego is the closest major US city to Mexico. I don't think it's a real stretch to imagine that possibly a high percentage of the hispanic population may have been watching the game. I'm a basketball/baseball/football guy but I appreciate soccer as the most popular game in the world. I say game because I can't consider it a sport since the majority of matches end in a tie. Also, why is it that FIFA doesn't start using a clock that starts AND stops? It was invented a few years back and most professional sports use it so the end of a game isn't up to the refs discretion.

      June 28, 2010 at 1:15 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jayse

      Matt: This is a serious question...Just tell me why you think it's better to have time start and stop during the game. Is there a reason you don't like it or is just because it's what you're used to – with basketball, football, hockey etc.

      June 28, 2010 at 2:38 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jayse

      Matt: Sorry – didn't catch that very last line about the time being up to the ref's discretion....in a way you're right. I'm not quite sure why they do that but I don't mind it – I suppose that's because the ref's discretion can alter any sport in so many different ways, not just with a couple of minutes at the end of a match. Can anyone say umpires? I like it because the game goes straight through without commercials – there aren't 50 stops and commercials every 3 seconds. That's become the most annoying thing about sports in this country. Advertising rules all right? Instead of paying 50 million for a 30 second spot, soccer advertisers just slap logos onto teams' jerseys or in the upper right of your screen for a lot less.

      June 28, 2010 at 2:47 pm | Report abuse |
    • MarylandBill

      Matt, I think you kind of lost a lot of credibility when you said it couldn't be a sport because there were so many ties. Games require winners and losers as well... at least if it is a zero sum game which is how most American Team sports are played. Yes, it does have a lot of draws, but in league play, just like in American sports, an individual result is less important than the total for the season. Better yet, in most of the world, teams at the bottom of the league still have a reason to compete because of relegation. I wonder how the Baltimore Orioles would be playing right now if they would be relegated to AAA next year when they finish in the basement.

      June 28, 2010 at 2:53 pm | Report abuse |
    • MetalHead

      Hi JA,

      Thanks for your comment. I am not a hispanic descent but I watch and cheer for my favorite Brazil and of course my USA team. It is just because I am a soccer fan like you are.

      June 28, 2010 at 6:04 pm | Report abuse |
  7. ESOLL

    Why can't you admit soccer is coming to age in the US. More and more will watch soccer in the next few years and until the boring Football and baseball are no more.

    June 28, 2010 at 12:39 pm | Report abuse |
  8. sticklerforfacts

    joecooool, I think you've got the wrong idea. The story is saying "The contest became the most-watched men's game in FIFA World Cup history in the United States" – not the most-watched men's game period – just in FIFA World Cup history. But, a very interesting parallel you've drawn.

    June 28, 2010 at 12:39 pm | Report abuse |
  9. DazedBoi

    Football is becoming main stream in the US. I just love it.

    June 28, 2010 at 12:41 pm | Report abuse |
    • Truth

      14million viewers out of 300million citizens is mainstream? Lol. (and that 14million is counting illegal immigrants that tuned in)
      The world cup is soccer's biggest event, it only happens once every four years and it involves the entire country, not just a home team market...yet it's all-time viewership rating is 14million? Lol. The NBA finals (which happen every year, only involve two markets, many people think is fixed, and didn’t come close to a U.S. viewership record) drew 28million U.S. viewers for game 7.

      June 28, 2010 at 1:52 pm | Report abuse |
    • josh

      Lol. This wasnt a final match. Lol. It was 19 million, Univision is an american station. Lol. 19million is still more than other games in the NBA finals and pretty much every normal game played by an NBA or NFL team. Lol. This wasnt on at primetime which has an extremely large effect on viewers, an NBA finals game on in the morning probably couldnt even break 10 million. Lol. Had this game been played at 7pm you could probably multiply the views by 3. Lol.

      June 28, 2010 at 3:01 pm | Report abuse |
    • BullzFan

      Truth – Soccer isn't big in the U.S. because advertisers can't plug in their commercials everywhere. That's why soccer isn't shown on TV much. If it's not shown on TV, how are people supposed to watch it, get intrigued, learn about it, and then grow to like/love it? American football is hugely popular, but only because of the corporate hype machine. How many people would watch american football if they weren't constantly bombarded with commercial messages telling them that they "must" watch it? Also, out of the total number of people who watch the Superbowl, about 60-70% of them have never watched a regular season game. They watch it because it's a social event, not because they're fans.

      Josh – Unless you're 13 years old, it may be best, for the sake of your credibility, to not use "Lol" so much. I mean, nothing you wrote was funny enough to make anyone laugh out loud.

      June 28, 2010 at 3:45 pm | Report abuse |
    • Denidoo

      Jeez BullzFan, I think it was pretty obvious that Josh was poking fun at Truth for his lol usage. Which in turn DID make me lol 🙂

      June 28, 2010 at 4:48 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Brendan

    Proud of what this USA team has accomplished! We have truly arrived on the world stage when it comes to soccer!

    June 28, 2010 at 12:41 pm | Report abuse |
    • melrae

      Agreed! They truly gave it their all!

      June 28, 2010 at 1:16 pm | Report abuse |
    • dan

      Disagree. The U.S. sucks at scooer. we had the the worst group and barly quilified to the next round. And than we we beat by a Bad Ghana team.

      June 28, 2010 at 4:12 pm | Report abuse |
  11. robert smith

    There is nothing like soccer... King of sports (nfl.. Sucks..mlb...sucks I fall in sleep when I watch baseball and nfl.. No action they suck

    June 28, 2010 at 12:43 pm | Report abuse |
    • Matt

      I'll admit, I've never been so excited to see a game featuring no scoring end in a tie!! At least in Baseball and Football a shutout is an accomplishment, in Soccer its the norm. Baseball and Football also have instant replay so no one (including the refs) will miss the most exciting part of the game....SCORING!!

      June 28, 2010 at 1:22 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jayse

      Matt: Jayse here again. It's obvious you're not a fan of soccer. I'm getting into it as we speak. Scoring is the most exciting part of soccer...but that's the beauty of it. Goals are rare and when there is a goal there is mega excitement. Now that every park in baseball is 5 feet to center field and 3 inches down each line, home runs come at an incredible pace and frankly the home run is nothing close to exciting as it used to be. Maybe the NFL will change the rules of defense and just have offenses. The way to win is, see how many seconds it takes a team to score a touchdown from their own 1 yard line. They'll switch off for 60 minutes and whoever has the best collective time wins.

      Yep, scoring would be exciting.....for about 5 minutes.

      June 28, 2010 at 2:55 pm | Report abuse |
    • josh

      I know its hard for a football fan to understand, but a score of 31 points doesnt mean they got 31 touchdowns. Wait, don't try to argue, trust me there were not 31 touchdowns, you can count them, it shouldnt be too hard since theres only 13 minutes of actual playing. See, football touchdowns count for 6 points plus 1 point for when they use their feet to score (kind of like soccer), that one point is pretty much a free point though since its so easy to score. Imagine if you got 7 points in soccer for each goal, Portugal would have scored like 49 goals against North Korea when they killed them! Whoa action packed, this changes everything!

      In reality the average soccer match as the SAME amount of actual goal scoring as the average football game, which is around 2-3 for the winning team. Knowledge is power.

      June 28, 2010 at 3:17 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Ryan

    There's no way those numbers are accurate, they have to be much much higher. I don't know how they can possibly accurately count the number of people watching outside in Kansas City, or crammed into sports bars that were above capacity all up and down the east coast. I would be that the actual number is around 30 million.

    June 28, 2010 at 12:44 pm | Report abuse |
    • Brendan

      Agreed. The bars here in NYC were PACKED while those patrons had their TV sets off at home.

      June 28, 2010 at 12:47 pm | Report abuse |
    • KRG

      I was in a small beach town bar in Florida and everyone was watching this game. Every place was packed at every bar and/or restaurant to watch this historic game. Also all ages and races were represented all up and down the beach watching the heart and drive of the US team. Even British patrons were rooting for the US to finally beat Ghana. You could have heard a pin drop when the final score was announced. All Americans supported their World Cup team.

      June 28, 2010 at 1:56 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Vik

    14.9 million out of our 300 million plus population?

    Thats only 5%

    This years Super Bowl by comparison, pulled in 106 million viewers

    Thats only in the US. Soccer is viewed world wide while football is only in the US. Look the world is watching. Football is between states, while Soccer your playing for the whole country all together fool. Get your facts right. US is not the world. Your living in a box.

    June 28, 2010 at 12:47 pm | Report abuse |
  14. kane

    I wish our Soccer was better but sadly the USA is just behind on their skills. Overseas Soccer is the main sporting event and from childhood most boys dream of becoming Soccer stars and most are much better than any Soccer player here in the US. Thats just the way it is. Here in the US it is drilled into boys to play either Baseball, Football, or even Laccrosse and those that choose Soccer are called out as being "gay" or whatnot. Just sad to see but thats just the way it is. Soccer is not a main event sport here and until it becomes more popular we will never ever win in the world cup. We suck and thats that.

    June 28, 2010 at 12:50 pm | Report abuse |
    • Matt

      Really?? Soccer players are called "gay"?? I'll admit Soccer is definitely trailing Baseball, Basketball, and Football in the US but I grew up with a lot of soccer players and I never heard anything like that. I would also say Lacrosse is definitely behind Soccer in popularity, I've never seen any articles about Lacrosse ratings.

      June 28, 2010 at 1:26 pm | Report abuse |
    • NotSo

      I don't know what you’re talking about. And sadly neither do you!

      June 28, 2010 at 2:30 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Mark

    Look, it's this simple, it's not a sport, and it's 1# on a long list of non-sports. Soccer, Cricket, Base Jumping, NASCAR, Golf, Curling! Before your get your panties in a wad, my position on this is, mothers let there children play soccer here in the states because they see it as a "safe" non-contact activity. So the key is, if an average mother in the US with a child of anywhere from 4 to 15 and she will not let him play anyother sport but soccer it's because she doen't believe it's a sport and they won't get hurt. If you're playing sports, then the potential exists for loss of life. That scares the hell out of parents world wide, but only soccer carries the stigma of being "SAFE" and the Mother's Against Drunk Drivers seal of approval. (That group as become a little like the Goodhousekeeping Seal of Approval." So it "ain't no sport!"

    June 28, 2010 at 12:50 pm | Report abuse |
    • John

      REALLY???? hum, lets see if you can run for 90 minutes without stop? Also explain how is possible that in US Soccer had more injuries than Baseball or skateboards?

      June 28, 2010 at 1:02 pm | Report abuse |
    • R

      Are you serious? You must be a troll. I've heard sports defined as requiring athleticism including strength, endurance, etc, which is why some people argue that golf isn't a sport, but never have I heard that it involves "risking your life." By your definition, Base Jumping is far more of a sport than gridiron football. But look at me, I'm just feeding the troll...

      June 28, 2010 at 1:17 pm | Report abuse |
    • Matt

      Soccer has to be a sport because you must be an athlete to play at a high level, that being said I'm not sure it can be called a sport because the most likely outcome is........no one wins......it's a tie, isn't that neat!!

      June 28, 2010 at 1:29 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jhazon

      Sorry, your wrong. Parents send their children to soccer because it has become more organized than Little League Baseball (from my youth) and the major soccer/football associations in both the USA and Canada are behind this. While we spent our youth trying to make it to the "world" series, the majority of the world was playing football. And what does MADD have to do with supporting your statement? I'm a father and sit on a local board with MADD.

      June 28, 2010 at 1:34 pm | Report abuse |
    • Chris

      Lacrosse Peoples!! Lacrosse is the fastst growing sport in the USA. There were almost 50,000 people watching the NCAA final live.

      June 28, 2010 at 1:50 pm | Report abuse |
    • NW

      It's becoming popular in the US because it's fun and cheaper than football and hockey. You don't need to buy expensive gear every year to your growing kids to play it. all you need is a ball and 22 kids and...let the fun begin

      June 28, 2010 at 1:56 pm | Report abuse |
    • SayWHAT

      You're right....Finding yourself at the bottom of a pig pile every few feet covered with some of the highest paid lard A$$es the US has to offer is soooo much more of a 'real' sport.

      Go back to your barcalounger and budweiser. You're one of the reasons us Americans have such a bad name.

      June 28, 2010 at 1:56 pm | Report abuse |
    • josh

      you must be a hit at parties, I bet youre the guy who everyone asks questions just to see what you'll say

      June 28, 2010 at 3:26 pm | Report abuse |
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