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updated 07/11/1994 AT 01:00 AM EDT

originally published 07/11/1994 AT 01:00 AM EDT

As an apprentice soccer viewer, I've been really impressed with the athleticism of the players in the World Cup. That heels-over-head bicycle shot U.S. defender Marcelo Balboa look against Colombia was astounding! I pulled a muscle just watching it. But soccer needs to make some adjustments if it wants to make it as a TV event in this country. First of all, there's not enough scoring. We are a nation that demands instant—and near constant—gratification. We like to see that scoreboard flip around like a Manhattan taximeter. And they'll have to do something about those camera angles. Our sports are served up with walleyed intimacy. The World Cup matches, however, seem to have been covered primarily by a camera affixed to the stadium roof. But the main problem that disqualifies soccer as an American TV sport: due to the game's go-go style, there's not enough time for commercials.

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