Sunday, February 3, 2013

Millions and millions of people watching

Finally Super Bowl Sunday has arrived.  The day that American football fans watch two teams play for a championship in an event titled The Super Bowl.   It’s a game that generates endless conversation and articles about the teams, players, and coaches.  Millions of words are written about what food fans will consume while watching the game and what commercials will be the most exciting. 

Literally millions of people (mostly in North America) will watch the game. Last year the Super Bowl set a new record for TV viewers:  111.3 million.  That’s a big number for a “local” game, one that involves only teams from one country – the US.  
But that's a small number compared to those for other major sporting events that draw participants from around the world. 700 million people watched the 2010 World Cup and approximately 4 BILLION viewed the opening ceremonies of the 2012 London Olympics. .  The men’s World Cricket Cup 2011 drew a smaller but still impressive 67.6 million to their TV screens, 16.9 million tennis fans watched finals at Wimbledon and 2.2 million tuned in to the 2012 Ryder cup, the US/Europe golf competition.

Whatever your sport or team you watch you’re not alone.  Millions and millions of people around the world will see the same games, at the same time.  And it makes me wonder -    Can cheering for the same sport, maybe the same team,  be the link that enables us to connect with people across the borders, both virtual and real? 

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