A Shiny Approach to European Football in the United States of America

Andrew GaleaContributor IJuly 8, 2009

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - MAY 24:  Heurelho Gomes of Tottenham Hotspur is beaten by a header from Fernando Torres of Liverpool for the opening goal during the Barclays  Premier League match between Liverpool and Tottenham Hotspur at Anfield on May 24, 2009 in Liverpool, England.  (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)

It was recently announced that ESPN had signed a significant deal with the Barclay's Premier League through 2013. With expanding their football other than the European Champions League this a bright step in the right direction to get the American viewers to watch the best league in the world.  

With no soccer other than the MLS in the spring until fall, ESPN has opened the doors for football fanatics and lovers of the EPL. With the game growing each and every year with expansions in the MLS, EPL on ESPN can bring in new fans of the game which can also bring new fans to the MLS.  

But we have to think of this as an up-and-coming surprise from ESPN, as soccer in the United States has had its up and downs in past years. This can hopefully bring EPL teams to America as well to play up against top MLS teams. The popularity of the game will certainly grow also with broadcasting many of the stars and upcoming ones too. 

We will wait the expectation of the EPL has to bring as we all wait for another year of drama in football. But one thing is for sure, with the EPL having viewers in the United States this should heighten the game up to a new level.

If the product is once again successful the game and popularity will continue to grow in a country where it has taken quite some time to boost its creditability.