Grant McCracken thinks that soccer needs to be improved to appeal to U.S. audiences. According to him:
…there is room for product development. Specifically, something has to be done about the physics of the game. There is too much time and too much space. A 90 minute game is too long and so is the field. Both tax players so heavily that dynamism is actually suppressed. I am not suggesting dramatic reductions. Otherwise, soccer would become merely basketball played with one’s feet. But I think 60 minutes and a smaller field would bring the game alive nicely.
The ‘Directory of wonderful things,’ Boing Boing reported over the weekend that they had received a letter from Baker & McKenzie LLP of London, the world’s biggest law firm, informing them that their client, Infront Sports & Media, “anticipates the possibility of unauthorized streaming and downloading of FIFA World Cup matches.” Presumably from Boing Boing. No wrong doing yet, just a precautionary measure.