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Networks' World Cup coverage both scores, misses

Originally Published: June 27, 2006
By George Solomon | ESPN Ombudsman

ESPN and its corporate partner, ABC, have undertaken the difficult task of covering the world's most popular sports event -- the FIFA World Cup -- in a wall-to-wall treatment rarely given to soccer in the U.S. The results, so far, have been favorable, with solid ratings despite the first-round elimination of the U.S. team.

Nevertheless, trying to please soccer fans -- among the most discerning and hard-to-please of any group -- is another story. Consider some of the complaints and questions ...

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