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Over here in the Netherlands, the football (American English: soccer) scene is a scene of big money. Every self-respecting commercial broadcaster wants a slice of the big footy pie. With massive advertisement revenues (for Dutch standards, at least) and many many viewers each game, they have all reason to. There actually is a channel dedicated to just the Dutch competition (again, quite special for Dutch standards), Tele2 (yes, the phone company). The well-known France-based Canal Plus had a Dutch version, was then acquired and now has two channels. Film 1 and Sport 1. Well, technically, it’s three. Film 1 1, Film 1 2 and Sport 1. Smart.

That’s not what really annoyed me about the football-licensing craze. What did was the name they (yet another channel I forgot the name of) had exerted for an hour and a half of the best of the United Kingdom’s footy: UK Soccer. Let’s just remind people of the fact that football is English. The Brits play football. Americans play soccer.

Or, oh wait, I’m so wrong. I’m pretty sure the programme with the latest footy stuff from the US would be called… oh, yes. American Football.

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