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Old 06-13-2018, 09:41 AM   #1
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North America will host the 2026 World Cup after FIFA voters overwhelmingly opted for the financial and logistical certainty of a United States-led bid over a risky Moroccan proposal for the first 48-team tournament.

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The US put in a joint bid with Canada and Mexico to host the expanded World Cup which will include 48 teams. Up from the current 32.
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So do all three countries get a automatic bid? I wonder how that will work.
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Pretty cool. And it's pretty much America hosting with 10 matches each in Canada and Mexico. Looks like the bid spread the matches across with using mostly NFL stadiums from what I've read, so will have good chance wherever you are at being able to make a match.
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Hey Spur, were you hitting the bottle early when you titled this thread? LOL
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Lol - Fixed it.
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Old 06-13-2018, 10:31 AM   #6
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So do all three countries get a automatic bid? I wonder how that will work.
48 national teams in the tournament
16 groups with three teams each
One team per group advances to knockouts
Knockouts same as today

Group play will be INTENSE!
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Lol - Fixed it.
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'Merica!



Glad for us. Charlotte should get a game or 2.
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Hey...USA will qualify!
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Well, if you can't earn your way in the World Cup, this is a good alternative way to get in.

And soccer will be popular in America for another 15 minutes.
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The math bears out that the group stage will see opponents face one another twice. Combine that with only the winner of the group advancing and we wonít see many surprises in the knockout stage anymore.
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The travel between game venues will be long.
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Well, if you can't earn your way in the World Cup, this is a good alternative way to get in.

And soccer will be popular in America for another 15 minutes.

Missed one cup in 30+ years and all of a sudden the only way we can make it is to win the host bid?


Also this is 8 years from now, we have guys who will contribute in that cup that are 12-15 right now, soccer will grow in popularity massively over the next 8 years.
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Old 06-13-2018, 12:16 PM   #14
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Missed one cup in 30+ years and all of a sudden the only way we can make it is to win the host bid?


Also this is 8 years from now, we have guys who will contribute in that cup that are 12-15 right now, soccer will grow in popularity massively over the next 8 years.
I think we hear this every 4 years, but it has yet to happen.
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Missed one cup in 30+ years and all of a sudden the only way we can make it is to win the host bid?


Also this is 8 years from now, we have guys who will contribute in that cup that are 12-15 right now, soccer will grow in popularity massively over the next 8 years.
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I think we hear this every 4 years, but it has yet to happen.
Yup. Soccer has its pockets of popularity in the US, but it'll never get much more popular than it is now. Seriously, if it hasn't by now, it never will be. Americans, by in large and for whatever reason, just don't care about it.

I'll keep up with how the US team does in the World Cup, but then I don't think about soccer again for the next 4 years.
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Soccer has its pockets of popularity in the US, but it'll never get much more popular than it is now. Seriously, if it hasn't by now, it never will be. Americans, by in large and for whatever reason, just don't care about it.
Not so fast, my friend!

Consider the following facts:
  • In a recent Gallup poll, 11 percent of adults between 18 and 34 said soccer was their favorite sport, the same percentage as basketball. By the way, baseball only got 9 percent.
  • Four years, ago, 26.5 million Americans watched the World Cup final between Germany and Argentina. Thatís more than the 22.5 million who tuned in to Game 2 of this yearís NBA finals (and far more than the 5.2 million who watched Game 4 of the Stanley Cup finals last Monday).
  • Despite the fact the U.S. team didnít qualify, Americans bought more tickets to this yearís World Cup than any other nation except Russia, the host.

It's doubtful that it will ever be the #1 sport in the USA (too much "not invented here" bias to overcome). But it is growing in popularity.
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MLS expansion has shown it is growing in popularity. Look at Cincinnati, started a team a few years ago, set attendance records and got into MLS fast.

I would love to see a European set up of promotion and demotion, but will not happen in America, would be interesting to see.
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Not so fast, my friend!

Consider the following facts:
  • In a recent Gallup poll, 11 percent of adults between 18 and 34 said soccer was their favorite sport, the same percentage as basketball. By the way, baseball only got 9 percent.
  • Four years, ago, 26.5 million Americans watched the World Cup final between Germany and Argentina. Thatís more than the 22.5 million who tuned in to Game 2 of this yearís NBA finals (and far more than the 5.2 million who watched Game 4 of the Stanley Cup finals last Monday).
  • Despite the fact the U.S. team didnít qualify, Americans bought more tickets to this yearís World Cup than any other nation except Russia, the host.

It's doubtful that it will ever be the #1 sport in the USA (too much "not invented here" bias to overcome). But it is growing in popularity.

And with the head trauma issue of football, some families are opting for soccer for their kids instead. We wont see the effects for 15 years.
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Not so fast, my friend!

Consider the following facts:
  • In a recent Gallup poll, 11 percent of adults between 18 and 34 said soccer was their favorite sport, the same percentage as basketball. By the way, baseball only got 9 percent.
  • Four years, ago, 26.5 million Americans watched the World Cup final between Germany and Argentina. That’s more than the 22.5 million who tuned in to Game 2 of this year’s NBA finals (and far more than the 5.2 million who watched Game 4 of the Stanley Cup finals last Monday).
  • Despite the fact the U.S. team didn’t qualify, Americans bought more tickets to this year’s World Cup than any other nation except Russia, the host.

It's doubtful that it will ever be the #1 sport in the USA (too much "not invented here" bias to overcome). But it is growing in popularity.
Well, you're not exactly comparing apples to apples with the ratings. There was viewer fatigue with having the Cavs and Warriors for the 3rd year in a row. On top of that, it was a foregone conclusion that the Warriors would win. And you'll never get points for comparing to NHL ratings.

As far as World Cup tickets, we're the 3rd most populous country in the world, with a very ethnically diverse population, so it's not terribly surprising that we would sell a lot of tickets. If you look at ticket sales as a percent of the population (for us, 0.02%), we lag behind all of the leading ticket purchasing countries.
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