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User currently offlineBambicruz From United States of America, joined Nov 2001, 292 posts, RR: 0
Posted (7 years 4 months 1 week 6 days 4 hours ago) and read 4022 times:

Hey Everyone,

While browsing through the Net I just came across a rather interesting Topic in one of the community Forum, the Topic was "What's the Biggest one-Sport event in the World - World Cup or Super Bowl?"

The answer to that question is quite obvious to many of us, but I was rather surprised that many americans think that the super bowl (I guess that's the american football final?) is bigger than the world cup final. How many people in the world watch the superbowl? and why do americans think it's a bigger event? (I think more than half the world watches the world cup final, does the same amount of people watch the superbowl?)


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User currently offlineDeltaGator From United States of America, joined Sep 2005, 6341 posts, RR: 13
Reply 1, posted (7 years 4 months 1 week 6 days 4 hours ago) and read 4017 times:

Quoting Bambicruz (Thread starter):
(I guess that's the american football final?)

If you aren't going to educate yourself on the name of something you're posting a question about then don't post the question.

Quoting Bambicruz (Thread starter):
How many people in the world watch the superbowl?

Many of them though I don't have actual numbers.

Quoting Bambicruz (Thread starter):
and why do americans think it's a bigger event? (

Because soccer sucks and is a girly sport of wandering aimlessly up and down the field kicking a ball with very little scoring and the more than occasional tie which is like kissing your sister.  stirthepot   duck 

Perhaps also because the American media goes on and on every year about how big the Super Bowl is and how many people watch it in so many different countries and how many members of foreign media are there broadcasting it in their local language that maybe it could possibly be true.

Quoting Bambicruz (Thread starter):
I think more than half the world watches the world cup final, does the same amount of people watch the superbowl?

Most likely not though I wonder if viewership for the Super Bowl is on par with the World Cup Final though the total viewership of the entire World Cup matches is more than the NFL Playoffs.



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User currently offlineVTBDflyer From Thailand, joined Aug 2006, 374 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (7 years 4 months 1 week 6 days 4 hours ago) and read 4012 times:

I live in the USA and still really don't watch the Superbowl. I've played American Football for years too. I find football(soccer) much more exciting.

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User currently offlineYooYoo From Canada, joined Nov 2003, 6057 posts, RR: 51
Reply 3, posted (7 years 4 months 1 week 6 days 4 hours ago) and read 4008 times:

I believe i heard that over 300 million people watched the final game of this years World Cup.

And i think 141 million watched the last SuperBowl.

Quoting DeltaGator (Reply 1):
Because soccer sucks and is a girly sport of wandering aimlessly up and down the field kicking a ball with very little scoring and the more than occasional tie which is like kissing your sister.

KROC wannabe.

Quoting DeltaGator (Reply 1):
If you aren't going to educate yourself on the name of something you're posting a question about then don't post the question.

You got the idea. Give him a break.  sarcastic 



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User currently offlineDeltaGator From United States of America, joined Sep 2005, 6341 posts, RR: 13
Reply 4, posted (7 years 4 months 1 week 6 days 3 hours ago) and read 4001 times:

Quoting YooYoo (Reply 3):
KROC wannabe.

That sir is an insult and I demand a duel at 12 paces. You bring your soccer ball and I'll bring my .44 Desert Eagle.  Wink



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User currently offlineNIKV69 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 5, posted (7 years 4 months 1 week 6 days 3 hours ago) and read 3997 times:

Quoting DeltaGator (Reply 1):
Because soccer sucks and is a girly sport of wandering aimlessly up and down the field kicking a ball with very little scoring and the more than occasional tie which is like kissing your sister.

You obviously have never watched a world class soccer game. (and I don't mean MLS either)

The WC is even bigger than the olympics. It is the greatest even in the world.


User currently offlineVHVXB From Australia, joined Apr 2006, 5520 posts, RR: 19
Reply 6, posted (7 years 4 months 1 week 6 days 3 hours ago) and read 3993 times:

Quoting DeltaGator (Reply 1):
Because soccer sucks and is a girly sport of wandering aimlessly up and down the field kicking a ball with very little scoring and the more than occasional tie which is like kissing your sister.

ohh please and American Football isn't


User currently offlineBambicruz From United States of America, joined Nov 2001, 292 posts, RR: 0
Reply 7, posted (7 years 4 months 1 week 6 days 3 hours ago) and read 3993 times:

Quoting YooYoo (Reply 3):
I believe i heard that over 300 million people watched the final game of this years World Cup.

300 Millions? More like 1.5 Billion (and that was for the 2002 Final)

Source : http://www.goofigure.com/UserGoofigureDetail.asp?gooID=3852

[Edited 2006-12-08 14:53:14]


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User currently offlineDeltaGator From United States of America, joined Sep 2005, 6341 posts, RR: 13
Reply 8, posted (7 years 4 months 1 week 6 days 3 hours ago) and read 3984 times:

Quoting NIKV69 (Reply 5):
You obviously have never watched a world class soccer game.

You obviously missed the little pot stirring thing after my sentence. Yes I have watched many a world class soccer game and I can appreciate the sport. Where it breaks down for me though is the long spells without scoring and the way they always kick the ball backwards trying to set up another play when the first one goes just a wee bit wrong.

I played "American" football for many years and as an offensive player on an explosive team who scored points at will the thought of going backward on the field just doesn't make sense. It's a cultural thing between the Americans and the rest of the world. We seem to be brought up to appreciate offense and attacking the other team in the hopes of throwing more points up on the board where other countries and cultures like to see a defensive game with more of the strategy put towards stopping the scoring. Neither is right and neither is wrong. It's just the way it is.



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User currently offlineYooYoo From Canada, joined Nov 2003, 6057 posts, RR: 51
Reply 9, posted (7 years 4 months 1 week 6 days 3 hours ago) and read 3974 times:

Quoting DeltaGator (Reply 4):
That sir is an insult

   i've hit a nerve.  

Quoting Bambicruz (Reply 7):
More like 1.5 Billion

Hmm... could be, WM.

I do know the overall viewership (all games) is 32 billion
http://fifaworldcup.yahoo.com/06/en/060706/1/8mse.html


edited for stating the obvious.

[Edited 2006-12-08 15:02:17]


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User currently offlineYooYoo From Canada, joined Nov 2003, 6057 posts, RR: 51
Reply 10, posted (7 years 4 months 1 week 6 days 3 hours ago) and read 3969 times:

Quoting DeltaGator (Reply 8):
I can appreciate the sport.

That's all i need to know.

NFL score 14-7, really boils down to 2-1  Wink



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User currently offlineDeltaGator From United States of America, joined Sep 2005, 6341 posts, RR: 13
Reply 11, posted (7 years 4 months 1 week 6 days 3 hours ago) and read 3954 times:

Quoting YooYoo (Reply 10):
score 14-7, really boils down to 2-1

Amd that's why I prefer college football over the NFL. Especially my Gators of the 1990s when we would routinely throw 70+ points on the board on any given Saturday.



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User currently offlineYooYoo From Canada, joined Nov 2003, 6057 posts, RR: 51
Reply 12, posted (7 years 4 months 1 week 6 days 2 hours ago) and read 3950 times:

Quoting DeltaGator (Reply 11):
I prefer college football

I never really got into College football.

Even the NFL, yes i watch it, it interests me and i do get somewhat emotional when my team wins/loses.

Not to stir the pot, but i don't think i have ever watched a complete Super Bowl game from start to finish, but i have watched every WC final (if my team is in it or not) except maybe one game a few WC ago. Why?, i don't really know. Soccer is not interrupted by commercials?

And for the record, i appreciate the America version of Football.



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User currently offlineKaiGywer From United States of America, joined Oct 2003, 12163 posts, RR: 36
Reply 13, posted (7 years 4 months 1 week 6 days 2 hours ago) and read 3944 times:
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Quoting YooYoo (Reply 10):
NFL score 14-7, really boils down to 2-1

What's 10-3 in soccer speak then?  Wink



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User currently offlineYooYoo From Canada, joined Nov 2003, 6057 posts, RR: 51
Reply 14, posted (7 years 4 months 1 week 6 days 2 hours ago) and read 3935 times:

Quoting KaiGywer (Reply 13):
What's 10-3 in soccer speak then

1.5 to .5  Wink

Lets not get into safety's and missed point after attempts. I think i would need some form of calculus.  Wink



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User currently offlineLTBEWR From United States of America, joined Jan 2004, 12879 posts, RR: 12
Reply 15, posted (7 years 4 months 1 week 6 days 2 hours ago) and read 3932 times:

You are trying to compare apples with oranges as we say here in the USA. The American NFL's Super Bowl is played every year of a sport only played in the USA (Canada has it's own version of American Football with it's own minor differences in rules, field size, time of year played, fewer teams and it's own Championship - The Grey Cup). The teams are based in cities, but almost all players are USA citizens or legal residents.
The World Cup is a playoff series and final played every 4 years. The rules of international Football (what we call soccer in the USA) are universial throughout the world, including where played in the USA. Teams in the World Cup are based by Nations, all their players have to be citizens of the country they play for (although their coaches are not required to be citizens of the national teams they coach for).
With that understanding, I would still say that outside the USA and throughout the world, The World Cup is much bigger overall.


User currently offlineAdopim88 From United States of America, joined Nov 2006, 2007 posts, RR: 11
Reply 16, posted (7 years 4 months 1 week 5 days 23 hours ago) and read 3919 times:

The World Cup is a lot bigger. Although I'm sure that there are no "wardrobe malfunctions" during the broadcast of the WC. LOL!


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User currently offlineFlyDeltaJets87 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 17, posted (7 years 4 months 1 week 5 days 22 hours ago) and read 3912 times:

Quoting YooYoo (Reply 10):
NFL score 14-7, really boils down to 2-1

But more often than not, the final score in an NFL game for either team is in the 20's or 30's.
The final score in the Bengals-Chargers game this season was 49-41, or approximately 7-6 (well, 6 touchdowns and 6 extra points would be 42 points; I assume the Bengals had two field goals in there).
Low scoring games in (American) football are the exception not the rule and are considered "close games" yet in soccer, 2-0 seems like it's considered a blow-out, while 14-0 in (American) football probably wouldn't be considered one.


User currently offlineAsstChiefMark From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 18, posted (7 years 4 months 1 week 5 days 22 hours ago) and read 3904 times:

What's a World Cup?

Signed,
America



[Edited 2006-12-08 20:20:48]

User currently offlineDerico From Argentina, joined Dec 1999, 4276 posts, RR: 12
Reply 19, posted (7 years 4 months 1 week 5 days 22 hours ago) and read 3904 times:

The question has an obvious answer, so beyond that I only have to say what I thought was a completely laughable argument I once heard made by some supposed 'sports analyst' from the United States, which tells me the education level in his university must be equivalent to the local 3rd grade.

He said a reason football soccer was not well seen in the United States was because it was thought of as 'communist'. What was the reasoning behind that? Of course he didn't say!

But the funny thing is that in reality, American football and baseball are far MORE communist sports, as an Argentine sports commentator on TV well illustrated. Think about it: in those sports, those who become professionals have trained for years and years in only one particular position: ball thrower, blocker, kicker (in American football), or pitcher, catcher, etc.

It is literally impossible for a ball thrower, or a heavy framed blocker, or pitcher to be anything else, once they are locked into that spot. In the actual playing of the game itself, in American football, many players cannot receive the ball in a throw since it's penalized, or cannot run the ball. In Baseball, players have to stand in a single spot, and cannot move from it...

It does sound a lot like the communist way of 'lifetime employment' by directed command on what your occupation will be from the day you are born!!



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User currently offlineVio From Canada, joined Feb 2004, 1364 posts, RR: 8
Reply 20, posted (7 years 4 months 1 week 5 days 22 hours ago) and read 3894 times:

Quoting DeltaGator (Reply 8):
Where it breaks down for me though is the long spells without scoring and the way they always kick the ball backwards trying to set up another play when the first one goes just a wee bit wrong.

As opposed to stopping the game, watching some 300 lb dude adjust his jock-strap, then get a good look at the players' bench where we focus for 30 seconds on the Gatorade bottle... and then breaking for a Ditech commercial for the 10th time since the game began.


 sarcastic  That's really exciting... I think the only good thing about American Football are the cheerleaders Big grin



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User currently offlineTPAflyer From United States of America, joined Aug 2006, 92 posts, RR: 0
Reply 21, posted (7 years 4 months 1 week 5 days 19 hours ago) and read 3864 times:

Quoting Vio (Reply 20):
and then breaking for a Ditech commercial for the 10th time since the game began.

Not anymore, watching the Super Bowl commercials has become part of the Super Bowl too. But clearly the World Cup is going to be bigger since it's global.


User currently offlineNeilYYZ From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 22, posted (7 years 4 months 1 week 5 days 18 hours ago) and read 3856 times:

Well given that soccer to me is less interesting than watching paint dry.

So I'd take the Super Bowl anytime. Although I'm biased, I love football.


User currently offlineThepilot From Canada, joined Jan 2010, 5 posts, RR: 0
Reply 23, posted (7 years 4 months 1 week 5 days 15 hours ago) and read 3836 times:

The World Cup, because no one outside of the US gives a sh*t about the super bowl.  duck 

Maybe I am just bitter after the Seahawks got screwed in the SB (we in SEA say Referees-21, Seahawks-10), but I find the world cup more exciting. It is a much bigger world event, and the passion surrounding it is second to none, even in the States.

My two cents.



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User currently offlineNeilYYZ From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 24, posted (7 years 4 months 1 week 5 days 15 hours ago) and read 3828 times:

Quoting Thepilot (Reply 23):
It is a much bigger world event, and the passion surrounding it is second to none, even in the States.

No doubt there is tons of passion surrounding the World Cup. But then there's people like me who just plain can't stand soccer, so for me it's the Super Bowl, although there's no doubt in my mind that the World Cup is more popular. During the world cup this summer I had a flag that I put on my truck at work with a soccer ball and an X through it, I think I got more honking horns than the people with real flags.


25 Post contains images Sprout5199 : INS is coming to your door as we speak.Can you say DEPORTATION? I think that when the words "Super Bowl" were coined, the only country that had TV's
26 Post contains images LHMARK : We were on the BBC's TV programme "Ready, Steady, Go" in 1966. People all over the UK were watching that, weren't they? Sincerely, The Who
27 Sprout5199 : Yes but they drive on the WRONG side of the road, so they dont count. Dan in Jupiter
28 Basas : In the US and Canada, I would think the Superbowl is a much bigger (and better) event than the World Cup. I don't know very many people that can stand
29 Vio : Try the Millions of immigrants that live in this country! Nevermind the World Cup, which is the biggest event in football (real football that is)...
30 YooYoo : Lovely video.
31 NeilYYZ : Very true, I was working in a very Korean area of Toronto, down by Lawrence during the world cup this summer. I was sitting there on the John Deere w
32 Post contains images YooYoo : If the Leafs ever won a cup. It would be freaking nuts downtown. I'd love to see it. But i doubt it the way its going this year. I still have hope.
33 NeilYYZ : Last time the Leafs beat Ottawa in the playoffs me and a bunch of guys went out driving down Yonge with the horns going, then pulled off into a parki
34 Post contains images B777-700 : Any country vs. USA
35 Scottieprecord : That's because you live in wussy Canada... which is like half-french, so of course canadians are going to like a wussy sport. The only reason the res
36 Zkpilot : Not only is the World Cup (that is the Football/Soccer WorldCup) much bigger than the Superbowl, The other World Cup (Rugby World Cup) is also bigger
37 Scottieprecord : I'll give you that one... I've been convinced of that since I saw the Jackass episode where Johnny Knoxville went to a pro rugby team and played with
38 Post contains images Zkpilot : haha yeah classic! heres some rugby clips of tries and tackles damn to be honest youtube has some pretty lame videos of tackles... seen so many bette
39 Post contains images Basas : Exactly. I was talking about the "average Canadian" (and I know we're few and far between in some cities these days...). I wonder if these same immig
40 Vio : Have you heard of a game called rugby??? What feeling? In case you didn't know, Canada is made up of immigrants, be it first generation, second, or f
41 NeilYYZ : I don't know, I sure don't think I'm an immigrant, my parents were born here, their parents weren't, but still, I was born here, parents are here, I'
42 Post contains images Srbmod : Screw the Vince Lombardi Trophy and screw the FIFA World Cup Trophy, this is the only sports trophy that matters: There is no trophy with more history
43 DeltaGator : You obviously never been sacked by a 350 defensive lineman or a blitzing 250 pound middle linebacker or even tackled mid-air by a strong safety while
44 ZBBYLW : American Football has to be the worst sport to watch, all it is is a money grab, but i will agree they do seem to haev good cheerleaders, i went to a
45 Scottieprecord : Already addressed that... Rugby is better than American Football. lol
46 CasInterest : World cup would be much better if it was annual instead of a 4 year event.
47 Post contains images Asturias : I would rather miss the World Cup than the Super Bowl. I don't like football so much and I think the Super Bowl is more entertaining to watch. Even so
48 Post contains images YooYoo : Have you heard what other people call us die hard Leaf fans?.....very unkind words. Yes i would. The excitement would be fantastic. A very important
49 NeilYYZ : Then let them wear a Habs or Sens jersey at a bar beside me when I'm drunk, they'll hear a lot of unkind words, they might not make sense or be in a
50 Banco : The reason why the Superbowl is given such vast audiences is because when the US media add up the huge viewing figure, they are talking about the pote
51 DeltaGator : If you think those offense and defensive lineman are out of shape I suggest you rethink your opinion. They may have some pudge around the gut but the
52 Banco : If you're going to start doing that, then perhaps you might enlighten us on what the hooker, flanker, lock, stand-off and inside centre do in rugby?
53 Thom@s : The beautiful game: Thom@s
54 Post contains images YooYoo : You may not like soccer, but you sound like a soccer fan. I agree, the commercials are far superior.
55 Post contains images Vio : That Ronaldhino is amazing. I don't think he's human...
56 Post contains images Bahadir : The last real world champions are a national team that defeated many other international teams. The last fake world champions are the ones that got it
57 Santosdumont : Let me preface my remarks by saying that I'm not a big soccer fan. I agree that it can sometimes be boring and aimless. But for NFL footall die-hards
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