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    Cole Craft September 2, 2014 at 10:35 pm |

    Well written, Brett! Good analysis of recent events in the sport. Why do you think American sports writers are so anti-soccer? In your opinion, is it simply ignorance of the finery of the game, or is it a more deep-seeded anti-European sentiment?

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    Brett Long September 3, 2014 at 8:09 am |

    Thanks for the kind words, Cole! In all honesty, with the caveat that most sportswriters are completely fine with covering soccer, the few that aren’t do not like the beautiful game for a variety of reasons. In part, I believe that some think the US has always put the major sports first, and that should not change. Others just genuinely hate the game and how it’s played. Jim Rome is a famous example, as is one of the Chicago Tribune’s main sports commentators.

    Like any other activities, some just don’t like or appreciate soccer based on personal preference. The danger, for the folks that just dislike the game because it’s different or foreign, is that Americans are increasingly interested in soccer and soccer coverage. Discounting that is going to push some out the door. I think that as more fans enjoy the game on a deep level, and pass that on to their children, we will see soccer reach heights equivalent to that of baseball and basketball. NFL level popularity may be a bridge too far at the current juncture, but the potential is there.

    1. Dan D. September 3, 2014 at 9:48 am |

      Couldn’t have said it any better.


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