As the season is now fully underway and the Premier League is back in the United States, it is time to come to terms that the Premier League has taken over the United States Soccer world. NBC has done wonders for the Premier League as the average viewership per match is 514,000 viewers (2015/16), which was a 7% increase from the season before which was 479,00 viewers per match (which is even more impressive because they show every single match on TV). The closest European League in these ratings is La Liga (Bein Sport) which averaged 212,000 viewers per game (with a lot fewer matches shown).
Why the Premier League?
One of the reasons I feel why the Premier League is doing better than any other league in the United States is because people love competition. Yeah sure it's fun to see a team like Juventus, Barcelona, Real Madrid or Bayern Munich win matches 7-0 but that gets old and people just want to see the quality and close games that will leave you at the edge of your seat. Particularly in a country where we have seen teams come from the bottom of their leagues (Pittsburg Penguins and the Golden State Warriors come to mind) and due to proper development and of course drafting players they have become the leagues best. It is in American Sports fans DNA to want to watch drama filled games that leave you wanting more, and the Premier League does that better than anyone.
Because I do not want to make this blog too long I want to leave you with this statistic. NBC has had the Premier League for Three years (not including the season in progess) and have already have had 12 out of the 15 most viewed matches in Premier League History
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