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ESPN’s SportsCenter Only Covers Soccer 1.3% Of The Time: Daily Soccer Report

espn sportscenter 600x337 ESPNs SportsCenter Only Covers Soccer 1.3% Of The Time: Daily Soccer Report

The amount of airtime dedicated to soccer in the past 12 months on the United States’s top sports news program ESPN’s SportsCenter was a paltry 1.3 per cent, according to a study by Deadspin.

Out of the 289 hours of actual airtime (minus commercials) that the study measured, soccer was covered for 3.6 hours. The only two other sports that received less airtime were tennis and the Olympics.

So what does the data tell us? One, it’s good news that ESPN has decided to launch a daily soccer news program beginning August 11, so the sport can get a dedicated 3 hours a week of guaranteed coverage. Two, while the sport is growing exponentially in the United States, it still hasn’t been widely accepted by mainstream jock programs. And three, in order for soccer fans to seek out the best quality and greatest quantity of coverage, the Internet is — and will continue to be — the best option for news and highlights. After FOX Soccer shuts down in early September, the only 24/7 dedicated soccer network remaining in the United States is GolTV. beIN SPORT, while focusing mainly on soccer, features other world sports as part of its programming. And FOX Sports 1 is going to have a myriad of NASCAR, UHC and other sports, including soccer, on its network. Lastly, FOX Soccer Plus features a combination of soccer, rugby league and other sports.

TV in the United States is no longer the best or first place to go to for up-to-the-minute news or highlights.

Here are today’s world soccer news headlines:

International soccer

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Football League

Eredivisie

Serie A

The Daily Soccer Report is your morning guide to the latest world soccer news headlines, so you don’t have to spend an hour or more scanning the Internet. We do all the work for you. Read The Daily Soccer Report on World Soccer Talk every morning to stay on top of all the news that matters.


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