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  • Jimjamesak
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    Originally posted by Russell Jaslow View Post

    There was an interesting article a few years ago where the reporter talked to a lot of young consumers mentioning how they can get free TV with an antenna. Most of them thought that was illegal. I kid you not. They had no idea...
    For all the easy access we have to soccer nowadays, it’s become forgotten that this is a recent (like >20 years) phenomenon. Outside of the World Cup and select matches from various leagues like MLS and Liga MX, it really only goes back to the 2010’s. Yeah there were specialty channels like Fox Sports World/Fox Soccer and GolTV but they usually only one live game per matchday.

    Regular coverage of the Euros goes back to maybe 2004, I think it was really 2008.

    Copa America coverage came later, 2015 at the earliest, likely 2016.

    The Gold Cup had no English language coverage until 2007. And even then it was only USMNT matches. Full tournament wasn’t available in English until 2013.

    Champions League coverage was one match per round on ESPN (if they had space) until Fox took over around 2010? 2011? Maybe even 2012.

    EPL coverage was 1-3 live matches on FSW/FS until 2010 when ESPN took over, even then most matches were on ESPN3.

    I always astound my younger coworkers describing this. To most of them it’s a foreign concept not being able to watch any match they want.

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  • Russell Jaslow
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    Originally posted by Spartanforlife4 View Post
    There's also a concerning amount of people who don't seem to know that OTA exists. I see a lot of comments about how they can't watch because such and such game is on ABC. And I know some places don't get great reception or any reception for local affiliates, but I'm pretty sure it's just people who grew up so used to cable or streaming that they literally just don't know there's literally free tv floating in the air that you just have to plug in an antenna to get.
    There was an interesting article a few years ago where the reporter talked to a lot of young consumers mentioning how they can get free TV with an antenna. Most of them thought that was illegal. I kid you not. They had no idea...

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  • Spartanforlife4
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    Originally posted by Jimjamesak View Post
    (Younger soccer after learning five early morning group stage games at the Euros are only available on Fubo): This is an outrage! It is ridiculous that I would have to pay all this additional money to watch every game!

    (Me, an older fan who remembers when, in the 90’s and early 2000’s, the Euros and Copa America were only available on pay-per-view and Gold Cup matches had no English language coverage and were only available on obscure Univision sub channels): Oh no! Anyway…
    The culture on Reddit around watching sports is insane. Or really consuming any media. There is a significant chunk of people who apparently believe entertainment should be free. I mean, don't get me wrong, local blackouts suck, I hate how much more expensive the standalone RSN streaming service is when it isn't subsidized with other cable subscribers, and it's annoying how many different platforms things are being broadcast on. On the latter it's not just the cost, but also essentially being locked into that game because you can't channel surf when something is on Peacock or Paramount, if you want to flip to something else you have to load a new app.

    But at the same time, no one says you have to have all of them at once. Get Netflix for a month and watch the new show that just dropped, then do the same with Apple or Max if cash is that tight. But so many people seem to say the companies are just being greedy and go and torrent everything. There's also a concerning amount of people who don't seem to know that OTA exists. I see a lot of comments about how they can't watch because such and such game is on ABC. And I know some places don't get great reception or any reception for local affiliates, but I'm pretty sure it's just people who grew up so used to cable or streaming that they literally just don't know there's literally free tv floating in the air that you just have to plug in an antenna to get.

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  • Jimjamesak
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    (Younger soccer after learning five early morning group stage games at the Euros are only available on Fubo): This is an outrage! It is ridiculous that I would have to pay all this additional money to watch every game!

    (Me, an older fan who remembers when, in the 90’s and early 2000’s, the Euros and Copa America were only available on pay-per-view and Gold Cup matches had no English language coverage and were only available on obscure Univision sub channels): Oh no! Anyway…

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  • Jimjamesak
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    Guys did you know Copa America isn't being hosted in South America?!?

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  • Jimjamesak
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    Originally posted by Kepler View Post

    Common ground.

    They picked a good enemy.
    Serbs are not innocent but genocidal chants are genocidal chants and Albania and Croatia should be in line for some punishment. Apparently Serbia is threatening to pull out of the tournament if UEFA doesn’t do anything real quick.

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  • Kepler
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    Originally posted by mookie1995 View Post

    There is a ton of graffiti there in Belgrade about Serbs being ethnically cleansed et.al
























    Last edited by Kepler; Yesterday, 02:45 AM.

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  • mookie1995
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    game is this afternoon, mookie will be interested if every bar / restaurant spills out onto the sidewalk…. Or if people don’t care with the Euro.

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  • mookie1995
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    Originally posted by Jimjamesak View Post
    There is a ton of graffiti there in Belgrade about Serbs being ethnically cleansed et.al

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  • Kepler
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    Originally posted by Jimjamesak View Post
    Common ground.

    They picked a good enemy.

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  • Jimjamesak
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    Ladies and Gentlemen, the Balkans…

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  • unofan
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    Originally posted by Kepler View Post
    Albania. :-(
    You border on the adriatic...

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  • Kepler
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    Albania. :-(

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  • Kepler
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    Albania.

    Albania?

    Albania!

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  • Jimjamesak
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    Originally posted by Slap Shot View Post

    I was in Bahrain for Euro 96 hosted by England. Watched England v Germany in the semis from an English pub which was our favorite hangout. The place was filled with about 75% Brits while everyone else was rooting against them.

    ENG (wearing one of the worst kits ever) went ahead in the first few minutes with a wonderful goal by Shearer, but Germany tied it up maybe a dozen minutes later. The match went to extra time and England had several chances to put it away including a wide open tap-in missed by Gascoigne.

    Germany won on PK 6-5 and the shrieking and crying commenced. I had made friends with several Brits by that time in my life there, but they were so arrogant about more than just football that I had to do my best to hide my glee at the outcome.
    England fans are easily the most disliked fan base in the world (yes Kepler, including Boston). And the amount of shrieking that happens if anything American appears is off the charts. There’s actually a noticeable correlation between the decline in the usage of the word “soccer” in England and the rise of popularity of the game in the US. The fact that England has beaten the US in a competitive match brings me nothing but glee.

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