Soccer Blogging

As a soccer enthusiast and aspiring journalist, it was beyond me to find something like this.  It fit me as a person, a writer and more importantly (I guess) as a student.FootieBusiness

I’m familiar with all three of the journalists that Berger interviewed.  I have met Galarcep and check his blog multiple times a day, Goff is a local reporter and blogger and Davis has worked with World Soccer Reader as a guest on “Inside the Six.” and runs his own website.  Nothing new to me with this group.

When Berger looks at the coverage from mainstream media, he talks of how major companies (ESPN, Sports Illustrated, etc.) do give soccer some coverage but it’s limited.  ESPN, while probably the leader in broadcasting of soccer, is regularly criticized for the people who they put in front of the camera.  Yes, it’s true that ESPN now shows much more soccer than in past years.  But look at the people on TV who are telling the viewers about the matches, teams or players.  Those people are criticized for not knowing enough.  The correct answers are not given from the correct people.

Just this afternoon I found this great piece about a fan, who writes for Matchfit USA, getting in touch with the president of the U.S. Soccer Federation.  Speaks volumes to the USSF.  Definitely worth reading…

Then again, this past year or so withstanding, when soccer has been shown on TV it was limited to only top level European soccer or World Cup matches.  There is nothing wrong with this, but when you’re looking at why it is difficult to be a soccer fan in the U.S., then you have a problem.  Where is our national team?  We have our own league you know?  Like I said this has gotten A LOT better with ESPN.

Berger then delves into the business of soccer in the newspapers.  In my experiences, soccer gets no coverage in the newspapers.  The best I can think of is when I played high school soccer and our match results were in the paper the next day, rarely a write up, just a box score.  I’ve discussed this topic with the likes of Peter Schmuck at the Baltimore Sun, they don’t have a “soccer guy” there.  But if you’ve paid any attention to the Sun lately you know they have bigger issues at hand.  Now think about the big newspapers, the staples of the American newspaper industry: the New York Post, the Boston Globe…nothing.  Well, not much at all.  But surprisingly enough, papers like the Washington Post and Houston Chronicle have very good coverage of the soccer.  The neighbor paper to the NY Post, the New York Times has done well at adding soccer to their content.

Berger makes two great points when looking at the newspaper industry.  First, there is still a large population of people who get their information from a daily newspaper.  Although the internet is where it’s at, newspaper enthusiasts are still out there.  Secondly, those reporters from the newspapers ask the tough questions.  If you’re a sports fan, have you ever been told to look at a team’s local reporter for information as opposed to a larger national media like ESPN?  That’s because the local guys know their teams better than anyone.

I really can’t stress enough how good I think this series is.  It is some of the exact material that I have been looking for.  I look forward to checking back here and hope as the reader do as well.

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