Originally Posted by ZeDgE
Sportsnet, TSN, GOLTV. There is a alot more coverage of soccer on TV these days. Its not hard to see it. All the Euro games are being broadcast right now. As are the olympic and world cup qualifying games, along with the MLS teams. You obviously do not watch any soccer or pay any attention to it if you do not know this. Someone must be watching for them to be broadcasting so much.
Anyone who knows anything about soccer. Did we not set attendance records for the U20 world cup? If Canada were to make it to the world cup again this country would explode in support for our national team.
Fringe spectator sport my ass.
i can assure you that i watch more soccer than 99% of the people in canada.....maybe we just have different definitions of 'major spectator sport'
TSN airs maybe 10 soccer games a year....sportsnet has two EPL games a week with low ratings.....GOLTV, sportsnet world and other specialty channels have minuscule viewership.
i guess when we are the only country in the world outside of vatican city that doesnt have a pro soccer league i find it difficult to consider the sport 'major' in any way.....three teams is laughable.....how can anyone say 3 teams is evidence that a sport is 'major'
yes we watch world cup and euro's...and when a major tournament is held once in a lifetime people will go watch....but that does not make it major...it doesnt even make it mainstream.
do you realize what the ratings are for soccer on tv?....80-130k viewers on average for mls (similar for EPL)...thats 1/10th nhl, 1/4 figure skating, 1/5th golf, 1/4 nascar, 1/2 basketball, 1/8 CFL and NFL, 1/4 MLB, 1/4 curling...i could go on and on.
i would like to know what you are comparing it to to be considered major?....compared to its popularity in every single other country in the world?......compared to the popularity of dozens of other sports in canada?
a random weekend ratings snippet:
1. CFL, Blue Bombers at Tiger-Cats, Saturday, TSN: 858,000
2. CFL, Roughriders at Alouettes, Friday, TSN: 853,000
3. CFL, Stampeders at Lions, Saturday, TSN: 795,000
4. MLB, Rays at Blue Jays, Sunday, Sportsnets: 760,000
5. CFL, Argonauts at Eskimos, Friday, TSN: 649,000
6. MLB, Rays at Blue Jays, Saturday, Sportsnet: 493,000
7. Auto racing, NASCAR Sprint Cup, Sunday, TSN: 448,000
8. MLB, Rays at Blue Jays, Friday, Sportsnet: 446,000*
9. PGA, Bridgestone Invitational final round, Sunday, Global/CBS: 339,000
10. NFL, Bengals vs. Cowboys, Sunday, TSN: 305,000**
11. PGA, Bridgestone Invitational third round, Saturday, Global/CBS: 255,000
12. Auto racing, NASCAR Nationwide, Satuday, TSN: 182,000
13. MLB, Red Sox at Yankees, Sundady, TSN2: 164,000
14. MLS, Chivas at Toronto FC, Saturday, CBC: 134,000