I have to admit, I’m not a soccer superfan. But I have been trying to watch some of the World Cup since, for me, it’s on in the morning and I work evenings so it’s been pretty convienient.
I’m kind of getting into it.
I must admit, before I began working at The Courier I never watched a minute of soccer.
But after working here 14 years (and 14 years of having an English stepfather), I have developed a real appreciation of the game.
I know that sentiment isn’t shared by many of you out there reading this post.
This is, afterall, the Midwest right in the heart of football country. There is no doubt in Ohio football is king.
There’s room for a little love for soccer though.
Maybe 30-40 percent of the kids in Findlay grow up playing at least one year of soccer in some fashion. It’s a fine sport, but for American’s it’s hard for it to catch on as a spectator sport other than maybe during the World Cup, if if your kid is playing in a game.
We like scoring in this country and soccer is a game of almosts. You watch 90 minutes of action and may see one or two scoring plays. That isn’t enough for most casual sports fans in the U.S.
Still this World Cup seems to have captured the imagination of casual sports fans around the country. I see co-workers who don’t follow any sports even talking about it on occasion.
I’ve seen this question on television discussions of the World Cup: Will soccer ever catch on in the United States?
I don’t think it is going to supplant the NFL, MLB, NBA or NHL anytime soon. But there certainly is a place for pro soccer in the U.S. and the MLS is carving out a niche.
There are only so many ticket and advertising dollars to go around. And I’m not sure soccer will ever been on even footing with the other four professional sports here.
What’s your take?