Australia has curiously positioned itself as a beacon of hope for sport-starved viewers.
With the majority of sporting competitions suspended around the world, Australia is in an advantageous global position, whereby its biggest competitions are still in full swing - albeit behind closed doors.
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With fans desperate to get their fix of live sport, many have turned to Australia as their source of content.
The AFL, NRL and A-League seasons have forged on amid the COVID-19 crisis and it appears as though American viewers can't get enough - particularly when it comes to the two footy codes.
With little to no other live sport to broadcast in the States, networks such as Fox Sports have been beaming the Australian footy matches to a whole legion of potential new fans.
It doesn't matter that the majority of Americans don't seem to have any idea what's happening during a game of AFL and NRL - they are loving it regardless.
The responses on social media have been nothing short of hilarious.
GOOD NEWS: there is live sports on right now on FS1.— Greg Tepper (@Tepper) March 21, 2020
ALSO: It’s Australian rules football. pic.twitter.com/8GC4q0PJt7
FOLKS THIS IS NOT A DRILL. EVERYBODY STAY CALM.— Nick Burt (@nickburt13) March 21, 2020
🚨THERE ARE LIVE SPORTS ON FS1 RIGHT NOW🚨
ITS AUSTRALIAN RULES FOOTBALL, BUT WHO CARES ANYMORE? I HAVE NO IDEA WHAT IS GOING ON BUT THIS IS TREMENDOUS CONTENT.
So the whistle after a kick completion... is that like a “yup, you caught that mate and if you take any steps forward the other team can slaughter you BUT, you can go backwards in a straight line FREE OF CHARGE” whistle from the ref?— Pat McAfee (@PatMcAfeeShow) March 21, 2020
I have absolutely no idea what is going on, but I have been watching Australian Rugby for the last hour because it's a live sport @NRL— Jim Weaver (@jim93212) March 21, 2020
I’ve watched one quarter of Aussie Rules Football and I already know that this sport was supposed to be my calling back in the day.— Pat McAfee (@PatMcAfeeShow) March 21, 2020
This was supposed to be my sport.
When my child arrives in the next couple yrs, his ass is gonna be punting & punching balls all around the house.
The only live sport left on earth! I’m an @AFL fan from way back! I dare say they’ll gain a few new fans in the US in the next couple week. Go the Hawkas!!! @HawthornFC #coronaviruspandemic #quarantineball pic.twitter.com/gN6KfoffWh— Drew Powell (@thedrewpowell) March 21, 2020
Australian fans keen to educate foreign viewers
Aussie fans have reacted superbly to mass unbridled enthusiasm and mass confusion from our American friends.
Many Australian supporters have gone out of their way to help educate foreign viewers to the various rules and regulations in our codes that seem alien to those overseas.
Some have even made a concerted attempt to spruik the merits of their own clubs in an attempt to recruit a new overseas army of supporters.
Quick, watch this, then strap yourself in for some aerial ping-pong!https://t.co/8a171PS6eG— Shelley⚓ (@wheresshelly) March 21, 2020
Welcome to our sport Nick..... if you need any info, happy to answer any questions. I follow the Collingwood Magpies, we played last night. Weird at the moment with no crowds but still great to be able to have our teams to follow— LEIGH SAUNDERS (@sweet68) March 21, 2020
Welcome Jim.— Rugba League Roast (@thenrlroast) March 21, 2020
I must warn you though, it's 'Rugby League'. To understand how frustrating it is for League fans to hear it called Rugby, is like if I call Baseball....Softball.
Just for reference, Fremantle are the equivalent of Detroit in the NFL. Poorly run and 0 championships 😂— Joshua Laubsch (2-2) (@joshualaubsch) March 21, 2020
Absolutely love that this guy is getting around AFL at the moment. Any questions let me know.— Mason Cox (@masonsixtencox) March 21, 2020
Wanna know what's going on? Follow me. Ask me anything. I've been following this game for 21— Gil Griffin🆘️🌊 (@GilWritesHere) March 21, 2020
years. I even wrote a 2016 book about the first born-and-bred Americans to play in Australia.