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Poll confirms fans' dedicated support
by Paul Kennedy, June 9th, 2014 8:57PM

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TAGS:  men's national team, mls, soccer business, television

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[SOCCER BUSINESS] Soccer has always suffered in the eyes of American advertisers because the lack of in-game breaks limit selling opportunities, but growing interest in soccer has resonated with advertisers and programmers who have taken note of the dedicated and highly social support of soccer fans marked by heavy use of second screens. And it has translated into a 42 percent increase in television spending from 2010 to 2013.

“While the World Cup only comes around every four years, and soccer -- with two non-interrupted halves -- has less space for traditional TV spots, the heavy branding on both stadium signage and player kits seems to resonate with fans,” said Nielsen's senior vice president sports, Stephen Master, in response to a new Harris Poll on soccer.

The number of networks airing soccer increased from 11 in 2010 to 21 in 2013 and spending increased from $266 million in 2010 to $378 million in 2013 when almost 4,000 soccer games aired.

Some of the Harris Poll's findings on the affinity of soccer fans:

-- 58 percent of Americans who follow soccer already own merchandise supporting a favorite player, team or league;

-- 54 percent of Americans who follow soccer say that they think wearing team apparel is an important part of the watching the World Cup

-- 45 percent of Americans who follow soccer said they plan on purchasing merchandise in support of their favorite player, team or league.

Some of its findings on the digital habits of young soccer fans:

-- 25 percent of 18-24-year-olds said they would post to social media while tuning in to World Cup games (compared to 12 percent of all respondents);

-- 34 percent of 18-24-year-olds would likely look up game, team or player stats on a mobile device during World Cup games.

Some of the findings from a Nielsen Scarborough survey on adults attending soccer matches:

-- The number of adults (age 18 and over) who have attended a major soccer game has risen 87 percent since 2010.

-- The number of adults (age 18 and over) who have watched, attended or listened to a major soccer match has increased by 32 percent since 2010.


1 comment
  1. Andrea Hana
    commented on: June 16, 2014 at 10:53 a.m.
    It's only a matter of time before this global game finally takes it's rightful place in the U.S. as the number one sport.


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