So this guy gets treated to a soccer broadcast that takes the game seriously and suddenly realizes that he likes it.
That doesn't surprise me. I ranted about soccer announcing years ago, for a soccer365 column called "Soccer Special Ed" where I talked about how too many U.S. announcers took way too much time to explain things during a soccer match, as if the listening audience was really ignorant. It feels patronizing and is a huge turn-off, like someone saying," Vegetables are GOOOD for you."
Here's an excerpt:
Too often, American soccer broadcasts take this amazing, classic sport of soccer and treat the viewing audience like a bunch of second-graders. Announcers spend time on trivia unassociated with the action on the field. They discuss other sports. They don’t notice plays developing under their noses. They tell a number of random stories, and, except when a goal is scored, generally act like the players aren’t actually doing anything more exciting than scratching their noses
What many Americans don’t have is respect for the game. Why should they, if their exposure is based on watching their six-year-old play and listening to announcers treat the U.S. audience as if it’s the same age?
Enough with the “very special broadcast” approach. If a few members of the viewing public are perhaps a bit confused at the wealth of actual soccer information in a match, they might be intrigued as well.