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Copa America 2007 - Not on American ESPN 2?!?!


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It would appear the only way you'll be able to watch the United States play in Copa America later this month would be through Univision or GolTV. Both of those are premium channels. I guess I'll be unable to watch the games :cry: . I was going to have a watch party at my house for USA vs. Colombia and extend Independnce Day an extra evening. Would've been fun. :cursing:

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Let's see... Copa America is in Venezuela... what kind of a competition is it? South American.... who would most likely be watching it... I'll say people of hispanic origin.... and it makes me wonder why the US accepted the invitation to Capa America in the first place considering the mind set of one Hugo Chavez... :therock:

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I'm confused as well as to why the U.S. and Mexico are playing in what essentially is the South American championship, especially when it's so soon after the Gold Cup. Did they just need to fill out the tournament and make an even 16 teams? Have other countries been invited to play in the past?

EDIT: Found the answer to my own question. From Wikipedia:

"The participating nations are Argentina, Brazil, Bolivia, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, Paraguay, Peru, Uruguay and Venezuela. Two invited teams from other confederations complete the 12-team field. As CONMEBOL only has the 10 members mentioned above, there is no qualification tournament, neither is there a qualification tournament for invitees; they are invited on their own merits, such as by winning matches in World Cup finals or from qualification stages in their confederations. Mexico and USA are the two invitees for the 2007 cup. ...

"Since 1993, two teams from other confederations (often preferably CONCACAF, as a lot of its members are geographically and culturally close to CONMEBOL's members) are also invited. So far, the invited teams have been Costa Rica (1997, 2001, 2004), Honduras (2001), Japan (1999), Mexico (1993, 1995, 1997, 1999, 2001, 2004, 2007), and the United States (1993, 1995, 2007). The USA has also been invited every year since 1997, but turned down the invitation due to scheduling conflicts with the USA's top professional league (MLS). However, on October 30, 2006, the US Soccer Federation accepted the invitation for participation in the 2007 tournament, ending a 12 year absence. For the Copa América 2001, Canada was an invitee, but on July 6, 2001 withdrew because of security concerns."

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I'm confused as well as to why the U.S. and Mexico are playing in what essentially is the South American championship, especially when it's so soon after the Gold Cup. Did they just need to fill out the tournament and make an even 16 teams? Have other countries been invited to play in the past?

Because there isn't 16 countries to compete in South America. If you take out French Guiana and Suriname and Guyana, that leaves you with 10 countries. Even if you did add them, that only gives you 13.

Plus, this is Copa America, as in 'America's Cup'? So, why not add Mexico and the U.S. to compete.

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I'm confused as well as to why the U.S. and Mexico are playing in what essentially is the South American championship, especially when it's so soon after the Gold Cup. Did they just need to fill out the tournament and make an even 16 teams? Have other countries been invited to play in the past?

Because there isn't 16 countries to compete in South America. If you take out French Guiana and Suriname and Guyana, that leaves you with 10 countries. Even if you did add them, that only gives you 13.

Plus, this is Copa America, as in 'America's Cup'? So, why not add Mexico and the U.S. to compete.

Amen

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I don't care if there's a reason to play or not. It's a big enough soccer tournament that I want to watch it...and I can't. That pisses me off!

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Plus, this is Copa America, as in 'America's Cup'? So, why not add Mexico and the U.S. to compete.

Amen

Well... why are some folks calling as "World Series" to a baseball super final series between two North American teams ?

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GOLTV's gonna show it in English.

But, alas, I do not have GOLTV (I have to watch the All Gol Show on OnDemand to follow La Liga). And of course ESPN's not gonna show it. They now basically market football to the hispanics. That explains why on SportsCenter they normally show soccer highlights during the Deportes Minute, and that doesn't even come on every day. If they can't be :censored:ed to cover something for a minute on their highlight show unless its the World Cup, then how do you figure they're gonna show a "minor" cup to then in their eyes? It's dumb, but that's the way it is.

But thank God I have Univision. It might be in Spanish, but it's the best I have. :D

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soccer fans now know the frustration us hockey fans endure. the disrespect from ESPN is astounding when it comes to marginally popular sports here in the states but by God they gotta show their fishin and tv poker.

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soccer fans now know the frustration us hockey fans endure. the disrespect from ESPN is astounding when it comes to marginally popular sports here in the states but by God they gotta show their fishin and tv poker.

Yeah no kidding. FISHING ON TV!?!? The fun of fishing is hanging out with your buddies in the open water, nice weather, a couple of beers, and snaggin' some dinner while having some fun. Fishing on TV!?!? That's kind of like watching grass grow.

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soccer fans now know the frustration us hockey fans endure. the disrespect from ESPN is astounding when it comes to marginally popular sports here in the states but by God they gotta show their fishin and tv poker.

Yes. Nothing says disrespect like showing all 31 games of a Confederation's tournament that the US isn't even a member of.

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So wait, ESPN's gonna show all the games of Euro 08?

WTF, how awesome (yet backwards) is that?! I think this is the first time they've done this. Surprising.:grin:

Still won't show Copa America though. :cursing:

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Thank God for Univision. If you got it, at least you can watch it in Spanish versus not watching it at all. I can't wait for it.

Well, then....I guess I'm set then.

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I still shouldn't have to watch it on Univision. I mean, isn't this tourny big enough for someone to put into english?!? :cursing:

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Yeah, Copa America is in three weeks. Anyways, the U.S. looked good against Guatemala in the first half but fell apart in the second. Good composure though to hold them off after Gooch got sent off.

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