We’ve got mail: The FIFA Factor

We’ve got mail: The FIFA Factor

Recently, ESPN blog writer Roger Bennett, wrote a piece regarding the influence of EA Sports’ FIFA franchise and how its presence in the US market has been satisfying not only the football faithful but also growing the love and knowledge for national and international football.

In this edition of We’ve got mail, we will link you to the original article and show you a few highlights.  Indeed, there is a FC Barcelona twist to this.

Some of the highlights that Roger Bennett writes:

  •  World Cup 2010 was a major catalyst to the spark of interest in international football in the US
  • The use of celebrities and sports figures such as Seth Meyers (Saturday Night Live), Steve Nash (NBA), Tim Lincecum (MLB), Calvin Johnson (NFL), Snoop Dogg/Snoop Lion (Rapper), Andrew Luck (NFL), and Lionel Messi who enjoy playing the FIFA videogame franchise has helped promote the game of soccer in the US
  • According to a recent ESPN Sports Poll, soccer was deemed to be America’s second most popular sport, behind professional American football (NFL), among 12-24 year olds
  • Here’s the Barça twist: FC Barcelona appears to be the most supported club in the US.  Here is a map representing the most popular Support Your Club choices as compiled by EA Sports and FIFA gamers

This map represents the most popular Support Your Club, state by state: Green (Barcelona), red (Man Utd.), blue (Chicago Fire), purple (Philadelphia Union), brown (Timbers). Image Source: EA Sports, ESPN

A link to the original piece can be found here.

Not only in the USA, but throughout the entire planet, our team and community here at totalBarça contribute to this knowledge and sportsmanship of football. It’s a great thing, isn’t it?

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