Showing posts from June, 2014

It's the Most Wonderful Time of Every Four Years-- Summing up the Group Stage and Moving Forward to the Knock-out Round

It has been a trying past few weeks having to multitasking among work at Daily & Woods , taking a family vacation, and watching parts of all 48 World Cup games.  Let's be honest, I can't complain.  I've been able to keep on task thanks to the Watch ESPN App and gorgeous views like this: The World Cup group stage wrapped up this past week, leaving soccer fans with much to digest.  More American viewers tuned in to this World Cup than any one  before it, with ratings for the United States's first matches even eclipsing the average ratings from last year's World Series, this year's NBA playoff s and NHL playoffs .  With action like this , it is easy to understand why domestic popularity of the beautiful game is at a peak. Additional extraneous factors also contributed to the ratings spike, including the games being broadcast during a reasonable hour for the first time since the United States hosted the tournament in 1994.  The previous four tournaments