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USA 94: the World Cup that distracted Americans from Oprah and OJ

Hand-wringing over American indifference was allayed by a World Cup that offered up thrills aplenty while smashing attendance recordsThere will never be a weirder year in American sports than 1994. The Tonya Harding-Nancy Kerrigan affair. OJ Simpson charged with double murder. The World Series straight up didn’t happen. All while the greatest basketball player on the planet was platooning the outfield for a minor-league baseball team in Alabama.And the World Cup was somewhat awkwardly staged in a country without a top-level soccer league, whose collective attitude toward the sport ranged...

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Published By: theguardian.com - 5 days ago