Soccer – A gapping hole in the Newseum
Washington D.C.’s Newseum is one of the best museums I have been to. However, I was left with amazement of the lack of soccer related content within the museum ranked one of the best 10 in the United States according to Trip Advisor.
The sports theater showcases a 25-minute documentary detailing the history of sport and the media over the past 100 years. It was enticing, mixing pop culture, history, sport and media. But, it also left a gapping whole in the history of sport. Not one mention of the most famous sporting event on the planet, the FIFA World Cup nor a mention of the round ball game that is the most popular sport across the world. Although I understand that the museum particularly focuses on American media, soccer did not deserve to be ignored – and it did not just stop in the sports theater.
Later during my walk through the museum I stopped by the “Stories of Our Lives”, a breaking news production of the biggest events to appear on television, which was shown over a 100-foot-wide wall. The production was riveting, and one of the best news compilations I have ever seen, but it left one thing out once again – soccer. The video showed the 2012 Summer and 2014 Winter Olympics, but choose not to show any soccer, not even the most monumental sports event in Africa, the 2010 World Cup in South Africa or Diego Maradona’s ‘hand of god’ or the 1970 Brazil World Cup triumph. Nor did the News Corp. News History Gallery, with over 300 newspaper pages recounting almost five centuries of history show any soccer related articles. Its expulsion was quite astonishing.
Soccer is growing in the United States and its impact around the world from culture to the media is like no other. The Newseum will go down as one of my favorite museums I have visited. But its ignorance of soccer needs to be corrected – because nothing binds the world more than the round ball, and the media has a major role in that through our screens and pages.
Originally published on previous blog