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ESPN and the Un-Americanisation of Global Football
Jon Lewis

This article examines the cultural politics of American soccer fandom, with specific attention paid to the ways in which the sport is positioned and platformed by the major sports networks, including, especially, cable televisions biggest player in the United States, ESPN. The networks‘ failure to exploit soccer as a marketable commodity can be traced to a persistent American futility at the sport on the international level, but it evinces as well a larger American cultural problematic, one in which ethnocentrism and isolationism is disguised, as it often is, as American exceptionalism.

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Ian Scott and Henry Thompson

‘gold mine’ not only turned out to be figuratively true, but could be reasonably used to sum up the finances of nearly all major NFL teams.34 The average value of a franchise was estimated by Forbes in 2012 to be $1.04 billion. Clearly, a key part of revenue is television, and Forbes further estimated that the deals with CBS, ESPN, Fox and NBC earned an estimated $3.1 billion annually for the NFL.35 Equally contentious has been the question of public money funding stadium construction: an issue that Any Given Sunday draws attention to, if only briefly. Bloomberg

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