ESPN upsets some by hiring Brits to call World Cup - 2010 World Cup - MarketWatch
Still, one concern is that without U.S. commentators for the World Cup, the broadcasts won’t attract new fans in the U.S. and won’t broaden the appeal of the game. That could be a blow to Major League Soccer, the U.S. league.
“I fear a Brit-only play-by-play crew will feed soccer haters’ stereotypes about the game (too foreign) and the people who watch it (anglophiles),” one reader on ESPN’s soccer Web site wrote after the announcement. “I’d prefer for the game to catch on more w/ casual Americans so more kids pick up the sport and our player pool deepens.” — Alistair Barr