USA olympic baseball makes room for soccer??

Discussion in 'Business and Media' started by Malaga CF fan, Nov 10, 2003.

  1. Malaga CF fan

    Malaga CF fan Member

    Apr 19, 2000
    Fairfax, VA
    Colorado Rapids
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    USA baseball failed, yes failed, to qualify for the Olympics in baseball by losing to Mexico in the quarterfinals of the qualifying tournament. I know most of the soccer (men and women) will be on Telemundo. Do you think this clears the schedule at NBC at all for the some of the US soccer games to be televised English language (I speak Spanish but don't get Telemundo/Univision via cable etc... in my culturally homogenous corner of New Hampshire)? Won't more people watch US Olympic soccer than Mexico-Italy baseball?

    Will NBC change anything (I doubt it, but I'm wondering...)???
  2. da_cfo

    da_cfo New Member

    Apr 19, 2003
    San Francisco CA

    Baseball, Boxing, and Men's Futbol were ticketed for Telemundo anyway (with VERY limited coverage of the US teams on MSNBC and CNBC).

    With US baseball not qualifying for Athens, a few slots will open up on MSNBC and CNBC, likely for more women's team sports.

    Coverage on MSNBC, just like in 2000, will be built around women's team sports: basketball, softball, soccer, and volleyball.

    The big change will be boxing, which aired on CNBC at 5-7pm ET/PT in 2000. Boxing is a much better fit for Telemundo at 11:30pm-1:30am ET/PT in 2004.

    Telemundo will still have plenty of Beisbol with La Seleccion de Cuba being the main attraction.
  3. PZ

    PZ Member

    Apr 11, 1999
    Ipswich Town FC
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
  4. tab5g

    tab5g Member+

    May 17, 2002
    With the homercentric coverage NBC gives the Olympics, the loss of any potential medal team (US baseball indeed fits this bill), there will be opportunities for more coverage of US success stories.

    Here's hoping the US Olympic soccer teams do very well and can get some more primary network mention and/or coverage.

    I just don't see NBC mentioning soccer teams that finish out of the medals. And GE has CNBC, MSNBC, and Telemundo to cover soccer, so it will take a great story to get US soccer beyond the cable and Spanish-language networks.

    But as it is, Olympic telecasts are planned months, if not years, in advance, so I would follow what da_cfo is saying.
  5. DAGSports

    DAGSports New Member

    Sep 19, 2003
    The ONLY team sport NBC carries during the Summer games is USA Basketball. Nothing else would draw enough interest to warrant coverage. You will see every USA Women's soccer game on basic cable as they are also perceived as a "dream-team."

    Men's soccer is nothing more than a U-23 championship AND it doesn't fall on FIFA match-dates (it almost never does), meaning only MLS players and reserves in Europe will be called up. Note also that few if any European countries play in the Olympics if it is not in their country- it's almost always African and North/South America nations that play, plus maybe one or two from Asia.

    Hence, men's soccer really belongs only on Telemundo and the coverage will be focused on Mexico (should they compete), Brazil's "youth team", USA, and other Latin American nations.
  6. DCUPopeAndLillyFan

    Apr 20, 2000
    Let's keep in mind we haven't qualified our soccer teams yet. The men face a difficult task in Mexico in February. Even the women face some interesting scenarios in Costa Rica soon after.
  7. Red Card

    Red Card Member+

    Mar 3, 1999
    New York Red Bulls
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    Baseball's 2.5% tolerance for steroids/doping is in conflict with the international community's zero tolerance. I think soccer could capitalize on that by emphasizing that MLS is in conformity with international regulations on steroids and doping.

    Unfortunately for soccer, the baseball dominated media cares more about home runs and 99 mph fastballs than they do about cheating.

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