Is Soccer Displacing Football in the US

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  1. bababooey

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    There is no denying that soccer in America is nowhere close to the NFL in ratings, but the Champions League is not trying to cater to the U.S. audience like the NFL does. Totally unfair to compare the CL to NFL in the U.S.

    Now if you were comparing CL to the NFL on a worldwide basis, I suspect the NFL comes up woefully short on comparative ratings.

    I am not going to try and argue that you should ditch the NFL and embrace world soccer. But for me, I would watch any CL match over any NFL game (Superbowl included) any day of the week. Different strokes for different folks........
     
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    While I totally agree, I do think that the Superbowl is much more conducive to eating, drinking and partying with friends. With CL, it is hard to look away from the screen.
     
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    I guess that is the whole point...they cram so many commercials into an NFL telecast that you have to "tune out" or get numb to the delays by drinking or otherwise cavorting with other people...

    From Forbes: NFL Missing 2 Million Viewers Per Game
    "The table below shows 2016 season average viewership per game compared with the two prior seasons including both the regular season and playoffs through the divisional rounds:

    NFL Viewership Per Game (millions) For Regular Season
    Viewers
    2014
    19.2
    2015 19.6
    2016 17.6"
     
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    You know that there are 15-6 games a week in the regular season. That works out to over 28o million viewers per week which means over 90% of the population of America (on average) watch an NFL game every week. Those number look pretty impressive to me. The 2014-2015 number are pretty unsustainable (97%+ of US population on average viewed a game). Sunday Night Football is still the most watched series in America and the Super Bowl is by far the most watched telecast every year (19 of the top 20 all time). Not on par with the moon landing but pretty impressive.

    Football is king and it won't change anytime soon.
     
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    Thanks MAP but that math is not correct...nevertheless, I agree the Super Bowl is still a ratings juggernaut...
     
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    17.6 million viewers for 15 or 16 games a week. Obviously 90% didn't watch a game because plenty watched multiple games. If you are now the math police then riddle me this, what percentage of households does that represent and what percentage watched the World Cup finals or any US World Cup (men's or women's) game?
     
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    Thanks MAP, approximately 111 million viewers watch the Super Bowl in the US which is roughly 34% of the US population. Around the world it is estimated that roughly 1 Billion watch the World Cup Final with roughly 24 million of those viewers residing in the US. I am skeptical of the WC numbers as well as the SB estimates but not the proportions.
     
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