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That no doubt I will be watching Saturday's soccer match between Barcelona and Manchester United but will anybody else in America be tuning -- I say yes they will -- better.
Joining us from London is.
Softball hall of Famer Eric -- all the who'll be part of the Fox Broadcast coming to a Saturday afternoon Eric welcome to the program but to have you with us.
Thank you start to the -- -- completely.
Off the wall on this I think this is the biggest soccer game.
In ten years including World Cup finals and I think you will go down big in America.
What's you know.
I agree with the entirely I think that fox -- it took the gamble wanted to make sure that they had this game.
And they got lucky this is gonna pay off its two of the best teams in on the planet some of the best players that you can ever see.
So where -- glad to be here we're looking -- at -- -- a close -- a billion people are gonna watch this.
And 150 million in America have the opportunity as well -- that we got lucky because this is a great game and a great showcase the sport -- I think that sports really shines when you've got big name personalities of big name stars.
I if I'm not mistaken the greatest player in the world perhaps -- -- -- He's playing on Saturday night.
He is he's the he'll be where the number ten shirt and post saying this will -- -- Wayne Rooney -- also wears number ten but you're right.
He's he is the biggest -- -- the biggest guy he's five foot nothing but I'll tell you what -- we we look at this guy from an analytical standpoint.
He probably is the best soccer player ever and it ever if Americans ever -- to watch a game.
And if there ever gonna take an interest in the sport -- our numbers would indicate that they finally all or this would be the one to watch Leno Messi -- some special.
-- what network financial program and I've got to financial points to -- -- -- I OK but the gross revenues for this game all television rights ticket prices all the rest of it.
Will be in the billions of dollars.
A number two.
I think -- -- Is the -- paid athlete in the -- I think.
I'm told -- -- 43 million dollars last year and that doesn't include endorsements what he saw.
For good reason for good reason -- I think the interest that that he generates.
-- an encouragement as everybody -- -- we're used to seeing these big.
Strong athletes he's five foot five and a half.
So anybody that's under six but we -- here -- -- encouraged by the that the reality is is that he is special and and every time you see him play he gets you on the edge you're seeing is us -- Delaware -- -- -- -- one.
Pay Eric it's Chris -- here not on the last summer Wayne Rooney was -- Nike commercial here in the states.
Would -- better served the United States to promote the global stars like -- -- and although wipe the drool off your face -- Tracy.
Like some of these others that aren't American stars but they're global stars may be -- you want to see them more often promoted them.
But I agree with that a little bit I mean one of the things that you look at especially from a financial standpoint is what they're wearing.
And what they're watching I went down you know what exactly if they think they're sure out I got -- that makes your day but did.
The truth is is that you know ever since Beckham's arrival we've seen a lot of this that there's a lot of people that will Wear.
The messy -- there and although shirt and -- David Beckham's -- so it's it's more about the branding side of it if we.
And -- turning this into a huge advertisement for Europe it doesn't serve America that well but it as far as I'm concerned what we've seen.
On fox soccer is that the numbers are growing and has more interest more than ever not just -- -- talk about the global think the global game so it's it's getting got.
Are you allowed to say who you -- gonna -- I'll tell you flat out and straight -- I think the Barcelona win this month my head is with boss -- my -- -- -- -- -- -- not a bit.
Are you allowed to say who you think's gonna win.
I'm hoping that matches united -- and for several reasons I I.
I've fallen in love with the way the Barcelona plays football but I don't like the diving I don't like the faking I'd -- to act like men on occasion.
That would be nice and for those reasons I think it -- -- -- united score corner this week and for sir Alex Ferguson.
Who has been getting it right more than than wrong and I'd love to see him hold the trophy.
You that you couldn't hear it Eric but in the studio here when you said they should act like men who is an affordable chino went out OK we had a quiet it down my view but you said that -- -- all that you'll be part of the broadcast 2 o'clock eastern time Saturday afternoon on the fox we appreciate you being on your busy we really appreciate you taking -- -- Americans it is great pleasure but.
Absolutely my pleasure enjoy the game we well.
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