Americans everywhere now have another brand of football to gawk over on the weekends. As do most things in the United States, this story starts with the never-ending quest for more money. With ESPN losing broadcasters quicker than Miley’s losing fans, enterprising networks such as NBC have made some major moves to gain some position in the market. In perhaps the largest acquisition of the offseason, NBC Sports purchased the rights to air the most lucrative sporting enterprise in the world: The Barclay’s Premier League.
Albeit foreign and unfamiliar to Americans, soccer (which from here on will be referred to as football) remains the most popular sport in the world. We’re starting to tune in though. The recent success of the United States Men’s National team has electrified the country and increased the sport’s popularity immensely. Now, Clint Dempsey and Landon Donovan can be considered household names… at least in athletically conscience households.
As the Premier League heads into it’s fifth week of the 2013 season, Americans are presented with a rare opportunity: the ability to begin life anew, as a fan of a completely unfamiliar sports franchise. We Americans cherish our athletic affiliations, but are often left in despair at the end of the NFL season. As a devoted NY Jets fan, I know firsthand the plight of the dedicated fan. However, if the Jets fail to turn out a semi-decent season, this fall won’t be a total loss since I now have a Premier League team to call my own.
After weeks of research and hours of FIFA play, I have chosen Tottenham Hotspur as my Premier League club of choice. Before you dust off FIFA and start googling clubs, take a trip over to NBCSports.com where NBC has rolled out quite the PR campaign aimed toward helping Americans choose their club. Best of all is the “Keep Calm and Pick a Side” app where visitors can take a quiz to help them choose a club. However, be wary of the decision it spits out: the results are often based on ridiculous criteria.
Come on you Spurs!
Football around the world is rich with traditional and cultural influences so regardless of your club, you’re sure to find a number of quirky facts that’ll bond you to your team forever. My favorite: Liverpool fans singing “You’ll Never Walk Alone” by Gerry and the Pacemakers.
Either way, head on over, take the quiz, and let us know who you’ll be supporting this season!