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Non US Peeps: Did You Watch The Super Bowl?  
User currently offlineUSAFHummer From United States of America, joined May 2000, 10685 posts, RR: 53
Posted (11 years 5 months 2 weeks 2 days 12 hours ago) and read 2867 times:

Hello,

The Super Bowl is the worlds most watched annual sporting event, I think last year something like 800,000,000 viewers from pretty much every country tuned in to watch it...so, knowing that a.net is a giant melting pot of different nations and cultures, I ask those of you who are not from the US (or Canada for that matter), did you watch the Super Bowl?

If so, knowing that American Football isn't exactly a huge sport in any other country besides...say...America...any questions about the game we can help you with?

Greg

PS If you are from the US or Canada please dont reply to say you watched it...Im looking for any nations but those to reply, thanks...


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User currently offlineEGGD From United Kingdom, joined Feb 2001, 12443 posts, RR: 35
Reply 1, posted (11 years 5 months 2 weeks 2 days 12 hours ago) and read 2854 times:

no..................................

User currently offline777236ER From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 2, posted (11 years 5 months 2 weeks 2 days 12 hours ago) and read 2849 times:

No

User currently offlineAloges From Germany, joined Jan 2006, 8666 posts, RR: 43
Reply 3, posted (11 years 5 months 2 weeks 2 days 12 hours ago) and read 2844 times:

I didn't even know it would be on 'til I read those posts in this forum. You've just really said why I didn't watch it: AmeriFoot is not exactly a huge sport in Germany, and I don't even give that much about watching EuroFoot. So no reason for me to watch it.


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User currently offlineUSAFHummer From United States of America, joined May 2000, 10685 posts, RR: 53
Reply 4, posted (11 years 5 months 2 weeks 2 days 10 hours ago) and read 2797 times:

Given that a number of people equivalent to almost 3x the population of the US, and Canada's fairly small population watch the game, obviously a ton of "foreigners" watch it for some reason...

Greg



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User currently offlineArsenal@LHR From United Kingdom, joined Mar 2001, 7792 posts, RR: 20
Reply 5, posted (11 years 5 months 2 weeks 2 days 10 hours ago) and read 2792 times:
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No
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User currently offlineRyanb741 From United Kingdom, joined Mar 2002, 3221 posts, RR: 16
Reply 6, posted (11 years 5 months 2 weeks 2 days 10 hours ago) and read 2791 times:

I watched it last night. It's actually quite a good sport - much more tactical than I thought, although rugby is more vicious.

I wouldn't mind watching some more games - it's pretty good fun. The raiders' defense sucked big time in the 1st half.



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User currently offlineScottysAir From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 7, posted (11 years 5 months 2 weeks 2 days 10 hours ago) and read 2789 times:

Yes, I did watch the t.v. last night for myself until almost 10:30pm. So everything is doing good for myself. Thanks for telling me with your answer questions, Greg!

Regards!

Scott W.


User currently offlinePacificjourney From New Zealand, joined Jul 2001, 2731 posts, RR: 8
Reply 8, posted (11 years 5 months 2 weeks 2 days 8 hours ago) and read 2763 times:

Couldn't sleep last night with tooth ache so watched a replay on NHK. looked like a blow out as usual but entertaining enough.

" The Super Bowl is the worlds most watched annual sporting event, I think last year something like 800,000,000 viewers from pretty much every country tuned in to watch it "

I don't think so !



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User currently offlineUSAFHummer From United States of America, joined May 2000, 10685 posts, RR: 53
Reply 9, posted (11 years 5 months 2 weeks 2 days 8 hours ago) and read 2763 times:

It is...The World Cup is the most watched sporting event (I forget the statistic but its well in the billions) but thats only every 4 years...Ill try to get that source...maybe the numbers are a little off but I am 95% the Super Bowl is the most watched annual sporting event...

Greg



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User currently offlineAA61hvy From United States of America, joined Nov 1999, 13977 posts, RR: 57
Reply 10, posted (11 years 5 months 2 weeks 2 days 8 hours ago) and read 2762 times:

There ya go RyanB! Ruggers ARE more vicious... I'm a rugger!


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User currently offlineUSAFHummer From United States of America, joined May 2000, 10685 posts, RR: 53
Reply 11, posted (11 years 5 months 2 weeks 2 days 8 hours ago) and read 2756 times:

http://www.jsonline.com/packer/arc/13097/sbprev111.html heres a source for Super Bowl 31, which was 6 years ago...Ill quote the relevant part:

"Television Audience: 138,000,000-plus households in the United States and 800,000,000 international viewers in more than 187 countries."

-name me a single game annual event other than this that gets more viewers anywhere in the world? Pretty tough...

ATM I cant really find anything else but I wasnt searching too hard...

Greg



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User currently offlinePacificjourney From New Zealand, joined Jul 2001, 2731 posts, RR: 8
Reply 12, posted (11 years 5 months 2 weeks 2 days 8 hours ago) and read 2754 times:

All I can say is that I don't know anyone other than Nth Americans who actually go out of there way to watch it so I seriously doubt those numbers.

How are they arrived at exactly ?



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User currently offlineAlpha 1 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 13, posted (11 years 5 months 2 weeks 2 days 7 hours ago) and read 2744 times:

Of course you doubt those numbers, PJ, because it bugs the shit out of you that an American sport could draw so many people. Doubt it all you want, PJ, but go find something to back up YOUR claim, instead.

It really gets boring hearing you get so damned irritated each year the Super Bowl is on, and you can't back your assertions that no one outside the U.S. watches it.

Just because you don't watch it, pal, doesn't mean others don't. In other words, the world don't revolve around you.


User currently offlineMx5_boy From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 14, posted (11 years 5 months 2 weeks 2 days 5 hours ago) and read 2727 times:

Guys,

Nope, didn't watch it but I think it was on one of the cable channels. Not sure. They only mentioned it in the local news because of the nasty riot the Oaklanders caused after they lost soo spectacularly.

Cheers,

mb

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User currently offlineGKirk From UK - Scotland, joined Jun 2000, 24899 posts, RR: 56
Reply 15, posted (11 years 5 months 2 weeks 2 days ago) and read 2692 times:

Nope didnt watch it. Didnt know anything about it, and if I did, I still wouldnt have watched it.


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User currently offlineArsenal@LHR From United Kingdom, joined Mar 2001, 7792 posts, RR: 20
Reply 16, posted (11 years 5 months 2 weeks 2 days ago) and read 2685 times:
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and i don't think i'd watch it either



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User currently offlineAviatsiya From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 17, posted (11 years 5 months 2 weeks 1 day 23 hours ago) and read 2676 times:

-name me a single game annual event other than this that gets more viewers anywhere in the world? Pretty tough...

The Hong Kong Rugby Sevens finals has an audience of some 2 billion people. An annual event.

What you have to remember is that the figures the NFL provides, i.e. 800 million, is very much skewed. Does anyone really think that 1/8 of the world watched the Super Bowl?

Working on that, some 25 million people in Indonesia watched it, 25 million in Nigeria watched it, 187 million in China watched it.

The NFL states that nearly 200 million people in America alone watched it. It is a figure I find very hard to believe. Think about it.

It is all figures which are done for marketing purposes.

But in terms of annual audience for a single game, it would be the Hong Kong Rugby 7 finals.

And as to whether I watched the SuperBowl? Nah, I slapped some paint on a wall and watched it dry  Wink/being sarcastic

Mx5_Boy...it was covered down here by SBS, which goes to show how many people would have actually watched it  Laugh out loud


User currently offlineSoren-a From Denmark, joined Sep 2001, 235 posts, RR: 0
Reply 18, posted (11 years 5 months 2 weeks 1 day 23 hours ago) and read 2668 times:

Hi

I like American football, and I watched the Super Bowl, although it wasn't over until 4 in the morning. Great match with lots of good plays and tackles/sacks.

Regards
Søren Augustesen (I live in Denmark)



User currently offlineEg777er From United Kingdom, joined Feb 2000, 1836 posts, RR: 14
Reply 19, posted (11 years 5 months 2 weeks 1 day 22 hours ago) and read 2661 times:

I wouldn't be surprised if what the NFL say is that there are 800 million people able to watch the Superbowl.....i.e. it's carried on cable, satellite systems with 800 million potential subscribers. It's a common marketing ploy in the television industry.

I didn't watch it, and noone I know did either.


User currently offlineJwenting From Netherlands, joined Apr 2001, 10213 posts, RR: 19
Reply 20, posted (11 years 5 months 2 weeks 1 day 21 hours ago) and read 2649 times:

Some reporters here were making fun about US people getting so obsessed with Superbowl night.

Then a sports reporter (whom they'd hired to tell a bit about the event) stepped in and compared it to our own big sporting events for which people get even more hyped up and they went very quiet.
(numbers mentioned 50% of Americans watched Superbowl, but 90% of people here watched a skating event a few years ago for example).

The match itself didn't make it on TV here I think. Wouldn't have understood the first thing about it anyway, rules are a complete mystery to me.



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User currently offlineBNE From Australia, joined Mar 2000, 3173 posts, RR: 12
Reply 21, posted (11 years 5 months 2 weeks 1 day 20 hours ago) and read 2642 times:

Yes I watched the 3/4 of the game while reading a book, there are so many stoppages in the game, if a good play comes up they will repeat it and then I took a little more interest.

800,000,000 those figures would have to be bull, as it was on around 6pm Pacifc most of Europe would be sleeping, not really many people in Australia, or New Zealand, for Japan, Malaysia, Singapore, China, Korea, Monday would be a work day so they wouldn't be watching.

The main reason I watched it was because it was a holiday.

Would China have 200 million TVs.




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User currently offlineAlpha 1 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 22, posted (11 years 5 months 2 weeks 1 day 20 hours ago) and read 2639 times:

What you have to remember is that the figures the NFL provides, i.e. 800 million, is very much skewed. Does anyone really think that 1/8 of the world watched the Super Bowl?

Again, prove the numbers are skewed, Avitsiya? Prove it, if you can? The figures are out there-go find some that contradict them. Then maybe I'll do more than laugh at you guys who can't stand that American football has some popularity worldwide.  Laugh out loud


User currently offlineRacko From Germany, joined Nov 2001, 4856 posts, RR: 20
Reply 23, posted (11 years 5 months 2 weeks 1 day 20 hours ago) and read 2634 times:

I wanted to watch it, but I was too tired to stay up. I think the game ended at 4AM CET  Sad

User currently offlineAviatsiya From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 24, posted (11 years 5 months 2 weeks 1 day 20 hours ago) and read 2633 times:

Alpha 1

I am not saying that American football isn't popular in certain markets around the world. If that is the case, more power to the game. I just don't like it is all. I like a fast moving game, not one in which a player runs 10 metres and then has to have a 2 minute rest afterwards  Laugh out loud

But you tell me this.

What is the population of your country?

The NFL says that 200 million people watched the game.

50% of your country is women. How many of those would be interested in the game?
What about all of those people who were working at the time?
Don't forget also that in your country's population is how many babies and young kids who would not watch?

Like I said, the NFL can say that 10 billion people watched the SuperBowl. Doesn't make it true.

What the NFL would be trying to say is that it has a potential audience of some 800 million people. And like I said, the Hong Kong Rugby 7s Final has a higher potential audience, and probably also a bigger actual audience (particularly as it is beamed right throughout Asia, in particular China).


25 Post contains images 737doctor : But in terms of annual audience for a single game, it would be the Hong Kong Rugby 7 finals. What in the heck is that? It's the first I've ever heard
26 LHMark : Actually, I work in the advertising business, and we get very detailed demographic information on who watches the Super Bowl. 60% of American women wa
27 Post contains images Sabena332 : I did not watch it because the game started too late and I had to work on the next Morning. When I was a student I watched every Super Bowl because I
28 Post contains images Alpha 1 : 50% of your country is women. How many of those would be interested in the game? A lot of women love football. My wife is a football fan. Watch a game
29 Airsicknessbag : N o
30 N949WP : Nope. Didn't watch it. Knew it was available on one of the many channels of the local cable TV but I wouldn't bother. Sports promoters the world over
31 Post contains images Aviatsiya : Conversely, you saying that 800 million don't watch it doesn't make THAT true, either. It works both ways. At least the NFL provides some figures. I d
32 Lapper : No, I only watch FOOTBALL
33 PROSA : It is the advertising business I believe does a lot of the inflating of the figures. By telling a potential advertiser that they will reach 200 millio
34 Post contains links 737doctor : For most of us, it's a hell of a lot more exciting than watching soccer, which is a bunch of guys running around, doing not much of anything. But that
35 Alpha 1 : Lapper, I watch real football: men who aren't afraid to hit each other, and who don't cry to the referee whenever there is contact, like in your "foot
36 Corocks : You also have to figure that the 138,000,000 number is low. That is not the number of viewers, but the number of viewers homes. I think that this does
37 777236ER : Lapper, I watch real football: men who aren't afraid to hit each other, and who don't cry to the referee whenever there is contact, like in your "foot
38 Arsenal@LHR : "American football" is the North American version of rugby. Baseball is the North American version of rounders. Although i'm baffled as to why it's ca
39 Post contains links 737doctor : You also have to figure that the 138,000,000 number is low. That is not the number of viewers, but the number of viewers homes. No, according the the
40 Post contains images Banco : We discussed this 800 million figure a while back. I think (though I'm not certain) that we came to the conclusion that it was beamed to a potential a
41 Bmi330 : the most watch anual sporting event is there formula 1 world championship. Is the champions leauge final not bigger than the supperbowl everyone every
42 GKirk : American Football = Rugby, but for women, wearing all those pads and all that crap...tut tut, bunch of women.
43 Airplay : Again, prove the numbers are skewed, Avitsiya? Prove it, if you can? What an idiotic statement. It appears that the onus is on you Alpha1. When you pu
44 Toady : No. Didn't know it was on. Didn't know it was televised here - was it? I've nothing against the game - I've watched a few games (some televised, one f
45 KAUSpilot : When you have a 350 pound black man running at you full steam prepared to level every ounce of his energy into your skull, trust me, pads and helmets
46 Airplay : When you have a 350 pound black man running at you full steam prepared to level every ounce of his energy into your skull, trust me, pads and helmets
47 Silverfox : Yes, then put it on vid and checked in the morning to see if it worth watching. Oh and did anyone else hear that twat John Madden say it was the World
48 B747-437B : 800 million is not particularly impressive. Wait for the India-Pakistan matchup in the Cricket World Cup and expect well over 1 billion to tune in to
49 KAUSpilot : 350 pound white man (or cop if you like) can be scary too, just usually not as fast. More speed means a harder hit.
50 LHMark : What an idiotic statement. It appears that the onus is on you Alpha1. When you pull a number out of your ass, be prepared to wipe it off... That's fu
51 Post contains images Ryanb741 : I actually quite like Gridiron. It is extremely tactical, and the constant stoppages take some getting used to but to see the Quarterback get sacked i
52 Ryanb741 : To non Americans - give Gridiron a chance. At first it seems a bit overwhelming and difficult to get into, but it really does grow on you once you fig
53 AA61hvy : Im with your RyanB, I have played both Rugby and Football. Football you run 3 yards for 5 seconds, and get a 30 second break, rugby you run and run an
54 Post contains images EGGD : I still prefer Football (eh... FOOTBALL)... Its much more of a beautiful game, there is alot more grace and skill involved, rather than the team with
55 Ryanb741 : EGGD - the Superbowl was live on Channel 5
56 Eg777er : ...........well in that case, only 0.00002% of the UK can actually get a decent picture........
57 Post contains images Alpha 1 : American Football = Rugby, but for women, wearing all those pads and all that crap...tut tut, bunch of women. GKirk, how many Ruby players are 6ft 5 i
58 Pacificjourney : The thing is Alf you don't have to last 5 minutes, just about 12 seconds - the length if an AF play. Then you have 5 minutes to check your hair and ma
59 Post contains images Alpha 1 : The thing is Alf you don't have to last 5 minutes, just about 12 seconds - the length if an AF play. Then you have 5 minutes to check your hair and ma
60 Pacificjourney : Further to the veiwing figures it occurs to me that they must be inflated for the following reasons. At the time the game was played Europe and Africa
61 AA61hvy : Sapp and Ray Lewis are both bad ass's with out question. But for rugby you have to be alot fitter than if you were to play football. Football is tough
62 Post contains images Alpha 1 : And there is no other place like Texas to play football in. Sure there is-Ohio! PJ, stop wasting your breath on something you know nothing about. It's
63 Haveric : when i lived in rome -- i watched the 2000 game throuhh the night in a bar with 90% american expats and students. it was a fun experience -- more for
64 Pacificjourney : Alf, you've never played football and never watched rugby. I have watched football, do know how it's played and played rugby longer than I should have
65 Aviatsiya : GKirk, how many Ruby players are 6ft 5 inches tall, weighing in at 265 pounds, and can run a 4.5 40 yard dash IN FULL FOOTBALL GEAR? I'll be not many.
66 Post contains images KAUSpilot : Ray Lewis Derrick Brooks Warren Sapp
67 Post contains images Aviatsiya : Yep, just what I thought. Big fat pigs
68 Pacificjourney : Aviatsiya says, "One of the toughest and roughest rugby (league) players ever, was only 165 cm tall and approx 80 kg. Or how about the best rugby unio
69 Aviatsiya : Not King Wally, but Alfie Langer, and the other being David Campese.
70 Post contains images ADG : it's all so "clean" ... (this maneuver is illegal in the game, norti poms) (you don't get to see so much "man" in Grid Iron ) This is why we find the
71 Lapper : I just knew my comment would start a football vs. football war. *giggles to himself* I'm sorry, but how can you call it "football" when you carry the
72 Scotty : Who was playing? Did the Huns get a penalty? Scotty
73 Post contains images PerthGloryFan : Sure did and know quite a few others who did too. The program started here in Perth at 7am Monday morning on SBS free-to-air and being a public holida
74 LHMark : Well, those pics prove one thing: Rugby is WAAAY ahead of American football in terms of homoerotic undertones. And Rugby also takes the prize in the s
75 Pacificjourney : OK Langer I can buy but Campese ? You can't be serious ???????????
76 Ryanb741 : Hmmm - Campese ahead of a still only 21 years old Jonny Wilkinson? Don't think so!
77 AA61hvy : LHMark, try playing rugby, once you have then you can talk. Otherwise keep it to yourself. And as for 6'5'' 265lb rugby players; They are out there. I
78 AA61hvy : I also say to anyone, if you have not played both sports, you can't talk crap about either one. Because you don't know how it is to be in the game. I
79 EGGD : So what If I don't play american football. I've watched my fair share of games on late night Channel 5, I play rugby and I watch alot of Rugby too, pl
80 USAFHummer : Is there any rugby event thats televised in the US? I personally havent seen it (thus why I havent responded in a while), but I'd like to now just for
81 LHMark : I just think it's hilarious that USAFHummer asks a nice question, appealing to an international audience, and a bunch of smug idiots with Ben-Gay in t
82 KAUSpilot : To whoever asked, the superbowl's site each year is selected kind of like the olympics. Usually the league picks a place with a relatively new stadium
83 AA61hvy : Watch Fox Sports World, around 1am most nights, they have rugby on.
84 Toady : LHMark - Well said! Bloody well said!
85 Pacificjourney : Hummer, to answer your question the short answer is no. I was living in US when the last rugby world cup was on and basically failed to find anywhere
86 Ryanb741 : Pacificjourney - we are talking about somebody who became England's record points scorer before his 22nd birthday. I'm not saying he is the best ever,
87 USAFHummer : LHMark... My hope for this thread was quite the opposite of whats going on right now, however its already way past the point of either control or rele
88 AA61hvy : USAF-Yeah Fox Sports Net, also there is usually at least 1 rugby team in each semi-big city. In Dayton we have 2, in Dallas there is over 5.
89 PerthGloryFan : Thanks for that info KAUSpilot. Wasn't it held in Jacksonville last year or the one before? Given that the Superbowl venue is selected so far in advan
90 USAFHummer : PerthGloryfan, The Super Bowl to be held in Jacksonville in 2005 will be their first one...its quite interesting actually, in order to get enough hote
91 Corocks : The Texans will be in it next year in Houston! Just kidding....go Texans!
92 Alpha 1 : The Super Bowl to be held in Jacksonville in 2005 will be their first one...its quite interesting actually, in order to get enough hotel rooms for the
93 LPL : No, it was too late for me, though I did watch Channel 5's previews in the day's leading up to it.
94 Post contains links Aviatsiya : I just think it's hilarious that USAFHummer asks a nice question, appealing to an international audience, and a bunch of smug idiots with Ben-Gay in t
95 USAFHummer : Yep, Alpha 1, its quite fascinating, I couldnt believe it when I heard it myself, ...definitely an inventive solution though...your friend is damn luc
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