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Football has become the most popular sport worldwide with a billion viewers

Discussion in 'Sports and News' started by rondembo, Feb 12, 2010.

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  1. rondembo

    rondembo New Member

    This years' Super Bowl was watched by a record audience of a billion people worldwide with a 106 million being from the United States. That means that 900 million non-Americans watched the Super Bowl which is more than the World Cup and Olympics combined.

    The highest soccer game was the World Cup final with 725 million viewers.

    Therefore while soccer may be the most played sport in the world (because its cheap and other countries can't afford padding and helments like we can), football and the Super Bowl remain the biggest and most watched sports events in the world.

  2. Boom_70

    Boom_70 Well-Known Member

    Mods - Lock this thread right now. This is just another soccer bash.
  3. RickStain

    RickStain Well-Known Member

    That number is more or less entirely made up.
  4. deskslave

    deskslave Active Member


    If FIFA lied about World Cup viewership, then it stands to reason that these Super Bowl figures are just as inaccurate, especially if you read the chart down at the bottom.

    And there is no way, none whatsoever, that 900 million people outside the U.S. watched the Super Bowl. Certainly not live, in any case.

    It's on way past midnight in the entirety of Europe. And it's on during the working day in most of Asia.
  5. YankeeFan

    YankeeFan Well-Known Member

    Sock puppet alert!

    Lock this thread before anyone gets their feelings hurt.
  6. YankeeFan

    YankeeFan Well-Known Member

    But no advertiser gets a billion. International feeds get different ads.

    MLB even sells different (virtual) adds on the wall behind home plate to the international feed for the World Series.

    It might be nice hype, but I don't think any advertiser cares about numbers beyond those that he's reaching.

    Also, if I recall from the World Baseball Classic, a lot of countries have no real way to measure viewers.
  7. cranberry

    cranberry Well-Known Member

    Football gets high television ratings, especially the Super Bowl, because there's far smaller inventory of games to watch than in any other major sport.
  8. JR

    JR Active Member

    And of course the Super Bore Bowl is a single sporting event unlike the World Cup and the Olympics.

    Apples and pomegranates
  9. Starman

    Starman Well-Known Member

    The Super Bowl kicked off at 7 a.m. Monday in Beijing. I am sure the benevolent bosses of Chinese business gave all their workers Monday morning off to enjoy the American Super Bowl.
  10. zagoshe

    zagoshe Well-Known Member

    But if it were a soccer match, the numbers would be the gospel truth..... ::)
  11. RickStain

    RickStain Well-Known Member

    Strawman fallacy.
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