Baltimore Loves the World Cup

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Photo via World Soccer Talk
Photo via World Soccer Talk

Okay, so that U.S.-Portugal match was a heartbreaker. But Baltimoreans love soccer nonetheless. We’ve had some of the highest TV ratings in the English language market throughout the tournament so far.

Baltimore had the nation’s sixth-highest ratings for the U.S.-Ghana opening game last week, following DC, New York, Hartford/New Haven, Boston, and Columbus. Our interest in the U.S.-Portugal game dropped slightly, putting us in eighth place overall.

DC is regularly cited as the nation’s top soccer town, in part because of its large ex-pat and immigrant communities, and in part because it’s got a great local soccer team. Baltimore probably benefits from its proximity to DC.

Once you factor in both ESPN and Univision viewers, the U.S.-Portugal game drew in a total of 24.7 million viewers–more than any major league baseball, basketball, or hockey game this past year. (Let’s just agree to not mention that other football for a few more weeks, okay?) And just so you’re prepared for Thursday’s big U.S.-Germany game, here are Baltimore Magazine’s picks for the best places to watch a World Cup match locally.



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