The English Premier League is widely considered the top football league in the world for a variety of reasons: its storied franchises and venues, the connection between the teams and their supporters, the fact that some of its players were—seemingly—only given one name at birth. They all combine to create a massive demand in terms of viewership, both domestically and internationally.
With the league’s increase in popularity in the United States, we’ve seen a corresponding push by major television networks to broadcast games from across the pond.
And even though the majority of those broadcasts occur on Saturday and Sunday mornings, they still draw large television audiences.
In trying to pinpoint what it is that gets American viewers out of bed at 7:30 AM on days when they don’t have to report to their cubicles, I’ve decided that it’s a combination of varying factors that make the league so intriguing and enjoyable to watch, some of which are listed above.
But in addition to the qualities I noted previously, there are several other aspects of the EPL that interest me and—as I narcissistically assume that my interests count for those of other people—the EPL fans in the United States.
Here are the best, worst, most irresistible and most puzzling facets of the English Premier League. Because I know that I love to watch these games, and I’m almost certain these factors are among the reasons why I’ll wake up to watch the likes of Bolton and Wigan when I could be sleeping instead…