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vjz
07-12-2006, 10:15 AM
World Cup a TV ratings success in U.S. (http://chicagosports.chicagotribune.com/sports/soccer/cs-0607110179jul11,1,3892031,print.story?coll=cs-soccer-print)
By Richard Sandomir
New York Times

July 11, 2006

The quadrennial visit of the World Cup must be viewed as a television success story. Sunday's final attracted 16.9 million viewers, and the star of stars, Zinedine Zidane of France, morphed from magician to the soccer equivalent of Mike Tyson with his overtime head butt of Marco Materazzi.

Those 16.9 million viewers included 11.9 million on ABC and 5 million on Univision, and they represented a 152 percent leap from 2002, when the game in Japan was shown in the morning. The audience was 31 percent better than eight years ago from France, and it was on par with 1994 from Pasadena, Calif.

This year's viewership exceeded by about 4 million the average audience last month for the NBA Finals between Miami and Dallas. It came close to the 17.5 million for Florida's victory over UCLA in the NCAA basketball title game and the 17.1 million average for the White Sox's sweep of the Houston Astros in the World Series.

Still, the 16.9 million was a million short of the viewership for the United States' penalty-kick win over China in the 1999 Women's World Cup final at the Rose Bowl.

Nothing matches Super Bowl viewership. When Pittsburgh defeated Seattle in February, 91 million people tuned in. But around the world, the World Cup makes the Super Bowl look tiny.

Depending on two estimates, anywhere from 300 million (live coverage) to more than 1 billion people (live coverage, replays, highlights) watched Italy win its fourth World Cup on Sunday.

AxdemxO
07-12-2006, 01:35 PM
Nothing can compare to the World Cup...Its a world thing and America as usual is a lil behind. The guy deserved to be head butted and well beat up cuz he called Zidane a terrorist just beacsue he's muslim...and Zidane could have stayed quit and gone out on top in every1's eyes..but he stood up for his religion. GO ZIDANE

GP
07-12-2006, 01:51 PM
So soccer is beating up on the NBA as well. That trend is only going to get worse for the NBA. Just imagine if the USA actually had a viable soccer team.

pickupyonuts
07-12-2006, 02:29 PM
they do have a viable soccer team. they played bad in the cup but they were also play VERY good teams. ghana could have beat brazil if they had essien. the final score was not indicitave of the game. usa tied italy...and if i remember correctly italy won the cup. usa was THE ONLY team to get any sort of result against italy. czech republic is good...but they are old. its unfortunate for the US that we had to play them when they were fully rested and didn't have fatigue from a previous game.