There is no question that soccer is gaining popularity in the US. However, if you look around the major US media outlets this morning, we’ve got a LONG way to go. If you’re a US Soccer fan, it isn’t very encouraging. If you’re a terrorism freak who wants ALL TERRORISM, ALL THE TIME, then the US outlets have made your day.
(UPDATE: ThroughBall has a great idea about contacting local media outlets)
Granted, this is a fairly random selection of international news sources, but I grabbed most of the major US daily news sources, both TV and Newspaper. I’m not as familiar with the international news outlets and grabbed the more popular ones I had heard of. I expected most international news outlets to have heavy coverage and the US sources to have some. What did I find? Internationally? World Cup! World Cup! World Cup! In the US? All Al-Zarqawi ALL THE TIME. Who knew one ugly dead guy who never set foot on US soil could transfix a nation.
Lets look at which media outlets are covering the World Cup ‘above the fold’ and which don’t even know it’s happening. These snapshots were taken within 2-3 hours of the first World Cup match (June 9th, 2006 16:00 GMT) I’ve highlighted the World Cup related sections in purple squares and ovals.
CNNSI – OK, since many US media outlets have sister sports sites, maybe CNN SI will have more coverage than the main site. It’s a little better with the gray teaser box in the middle. No commentary though – cause Inside Golf is burning up the pages!
Fox News – All Terrorism All The Time. BE AFRAID! BE AFRAID! The SKY IS FALLING! You get one tiny link.
There you go. Exactly what I expected. It is so depressing to see nothing besides ALL TERRORISM, ALL THE TIME on TV and the web. The biggest sporting event in the world is getting underway and all you hear about is some dead guy who MIGHT have been alive when the troops got there and MIGHT have been double crossed by his buddies.
AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAHHHH! Its 12:05!!!! What am I doing blogging!