In which countries did broadcasting rights for the World Cup sell for the most? If possible, let's include all media (TV, streaming internet, radio) and all languages (so in the U.S. this would include Univision buying the Spanish-language rights).
The thing that got me started thinking about this was the question of whether the rights are highly valuable in the U.S. Specifically, I was thinking:
- Soccer (or "football", if you prefer) generally does not get a large television audience in the United States.
- However, the World Cup may be an exception (it certainly is among the people I talk to).
- Plus, the U.S.'s has a large population and, more importantly, the world's highest GDP. Presumably the value of advertisements is roughly proportional to the population, holding other factors constant.
- Lastly, with the Cup being in Brazil this year the games are on at a reasonable time for most Americans.