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Americans Get a Taste of ABC World Cup Programming

usa soccer team 600x324 Americans Get a Taste of ABC World Cup Programming

If you blinked, you may have missed it, but this past weekend ABC showed two World Cup shows to get Americans excited about the World Cup.

The first, “American Soccer’s Ten Greatest Moments,” might sound like a joke to most readers outside the US, but much of the content was focused on the US women’s national team and their World Cup and Olympic medals.

The second show, “The Drive To Germany,” gave a preview of the US squad and included interviews with Bruce Arena and star players such as Kasey Keller and Landon Donovan.

The two shows gave us a taste of what we can expect during the World Cup. While the production value was good, the content was sugar coated to put the US team in as good a light as possible. No room for opinionated soccer analysts here.

Former US player Alexei Lalas hosted both shows and did a fine job. The pace of the shows seemed like a lazy weekend afternoon rather than the energetic tempo of a program such as the “EPL Review Show” from Fox Soccer Channel.

Overall, though, ABC is definitely getting better. They still have a long way to go before they’re totally respected by die-hard soccer fans (and that day will probably never come if they don’t allow counterpoints).

The question is, though, did ABC achieve their objective with these shows which was to get American sports fans interested in the World Cup and the US story? We’ll find out real soon!

About Christopher Harris

Founder and publisher of World Soccer Talk, Christopher Harris is the managing editor of the site. He has been interviewed by The New York Times, The Guardian and several other publications. Plus he has made appearances on NPR, BBC World, CBC, BBC Five Live, talkSPORT and beIN SPORT. Harris, who has lived in Florida since 1984, has supported Swansea City since 1979. He's also an expert on soccer in South Florida, and got engaged during half-time of a MLS game. Harris launched EPL Talk in 2005, which was rebranded as World Soccer Talk in 2013.
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2 Responses to Americans Get a Taste of ABC World Cup Programming

  1. Anonymous says:

    I’d hazard a guess that the prog was ridiculous enough to give women’s soccer the top moment out of the 10? If I’m right do I win an EPL Talk tee shirt? GRIFF

  2. The Gaffer says:

    Griff:

    That’s one of the downfalls of living in Japan. You’re missing the fantastic ABC coverage *sarcastic grin*.

    Seriously, I can’t even remember what the number one greatest moment was, but surprisingly it wasn’t the women winning the World Cup.

    Nevertheless, we’re giving away a free EPL Talk T-shirt today. All you have to do is listen to the new podcast at http://epltalk.libsyn.com and all is revealed. It’s the episode with Phil McThomas from Soccer Shout.

    Cheers,
    The Gaffer

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