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Why Soccer isnt quite popular enough Soccer also known as futbol to the rest of the world outside the United States is surely the most popular sport in the world Every four years the world championship of soccer the World Cup is watched by billions of people all over the world beating out the United States professional footballs Super Bowl by far It is estimated that 17 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 unlike the misnamed World Series in American baseball that doesnt even involve Japan or Cuba two of the top baseball countries in the world But although soccer has become an important sport in the American sports scene it will never make an impact into the hearts and markets of American sports the way that football basketball hockey baseball tennis and golf have done There are many reasons for this First Americans as a whole dont quite have the interest for the game Recently in the Major League Soccer LeagueMLS the DC United beat the Dallas Burn in a game played during a horrid rainstorm Nearly five-thousand fans showed up which shows that soccer is popular in the United States However the story of the game was put in the back of the newspapers sports section and there was certainly no television coverage except on the Spanish-speaking stations In fact the biggest reason for soccers failure as a mass appeal sport in the United States is that it doesnt fit easily to the demands of television Basketball succeeds enormously in America because it regularly schedules what it calls television time-outs as well as the time-outs that the teams themselves call to regroup Not to mention half-times and on the professional level quarter breaks Those time-outs in the action are ideally made for television commercials And television coverage is the
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