The Washington Spirit’s Tiffany Weimer wrote a guest post at the Post with a frightening thought on the women’s soccer audience:
It’s not just an older generation that doesn’t give us the time of day. There are young, hip people who dislike women’s sports and soccer. There are also people who absolutely love the Premier League, Champions League and Major League Soccer. Those same people don’t like women’s soccer.
In other words, “bro” culture? Or just hipsters and posers who like the EPL, Euro and MLS accoutrements but don’t give a crap about the game?
When I first started talking soccer online about 20 years ago, I found people were willing to support any sort of soccer for the good of the game. I don’t get that sense any more. It’s my form of soccer or crowd noise or whatever.
And that’s a pity. Spirit games are fun.
Source: Guest column: NWSL and women’s soccer are in the game – The Washington Post
2 thoughts on “Hipsters, posers, bros and women’s soccer”
I know we’re in the era of globalization, but I think growing up in the 1970s helped a kid like me really appreciate the link between sports (lots of different sports!) and countries all over the world. While the plethora of media outlets, the internet, and satellite television make it possible to watch just about anything, the reality is that folks tend to watch more of the sport or sports they like, in the league they like, to the exclusion of other events. Heck, even if all you consider is football, when I was young you were “forced” to watch a variety of levels if you wanted to see action on multiple nights (Thursday and Friday = high schools, Saturday = colleges, Sunday = pros, with Monday Night Football a welcome bonus). Even when they added college games midweek, they were games reserved for mid-majors; now you can watch NCAA action from top leagues virtually every night of the week. No need to stretch yourself . . .
But in the 1970s, we had the terrific ABC Sports program “Wide World of Sports” with the incomparable Jim McKay. Lots of sports. Lots of countries. Lots of chances to see how sports and the countries interacted. You developed some breadth as a sports fan even if by accident.
The 1990s were a revelation for me as a soccer fan, because i could watch it irregularly. I devoured the USWNT equally with men’s soccer. The change came in the early Oughts when the WUSA secured a broadcast slot that was exactly the same as the MLS broadcast slot. We soon purchased the MLS DirectKick package, and as MLS has expanded to 20 teams the room in our viewing schedule for other soccer has narrowed considerably. For me women’s soccer has been “event-based” viewing since the 2007 World Cup at least. I suspect my family and I would have stuck with it had the early broadcast snafus not led to us “filling up” our viewing time with MLS.
Thanks for all the work you do towards reporting and promoting women’s soccer.