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My goal (pun intended) with this post isn't to rile up soccer fans or wrestling fans, but instead to bring about awareness for both professions. It all stems from a conversation I had with some co-workers earlier today. Each side was arguing over the global reach of their respective sport. (Yes, I know there are those who will argue the use of the word "sport" when talking about wrestling, but work with me here.)
Photo courtesy: The Telegraph
I think in general, Americans do not fully understand the reach that soccer has globally. According a CNN report, FIFA is working with more than 700 television, radio, and Internet outlets on providing coverage of the 2014 World Cup. In this country alone, more than 11 million people tuned in for the USA vs. Ghana match. That number went up to more than 18 million who watched USA tied Portugal on ESPN. I can't find worldwide stats, but some more examples: 14.2 million people watched the England-Italy match in the UK. That's just in the United Kingdom. Thirty-five point one million fans watched in Japan as that country's team lost to the Ivory Coast. That's more than double the next highest sporting event on Japanese television. Very impressive.
|WWE Stars Daniel Bryan & John Cena|
Photo courtesy: WWE
I guess the point of it all is that both of these forms of entertainment are wildly popular around the world. Until recently, I hadn't taken into account the popularity of soccer. I hope soccer fans consider the worldwide appeal of the WWE and wrestling as well. It's big business in places like Japan, Mexico, and Europe. Plus, the only time our guys bite one another is when it's in the script. I'm looking at you Luis Suarez.