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I know I don’t have many readers who enjoy a fine European soccer game. But perhaps even my non-soccer watching friends find it interesting that ESPN has suddenly added European soccer scores to their ticker at the same time they’re trying to nab the U.S. rights to the English Premier League. “Oh, we’re crazy about soccer at ESPN! Look, we stick the scores right in there with all the latest A-Rod updates and countdowns to the next Duke-UNC games.”

I just hope if they get the rights they keep the British announcers. That’s one of the best parts of the games on FSC.

I enjoy the thought of viewers with a narrow world view watching the scores from a blue collar bar in Pittsburgh. “What the hell’s an Inter? Who names their team Arsenal? Is there a Fake Madrid too?”

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