News of import | Times of London plans to splash footie in U.S.

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Link to New York Times articleLondon | An American edition of the Times of London—for distribution in New York and Washington—will try to capitalize on “unsatisfied demand” for soccer coverage, especially during the World Cup finals. The staid London daily, owned by the Rupert Murdoch–controlled News Corporation, is responding to trends in Internet traffic that show close to 40 percent of visitors from the USA. The same numbers hold true for another prominent London broadsheet, The Guardian, which produces a weekly edition for readers abroad.

Times editor Robert Thomson said the new product would feature soccer on the front page during the World Cup, with Times number-crunchers rooting for the U.S. team’s success to boost sales. More broadly, Thomson notes a demand for international news going unsatisfied. “You’ve got China and India on the rise, Japan coming back, Europe a fascinating story, and yet fewer American journalists in the field than perhaps at any time in history.”

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John Turnbull founded The Global Game in 2003. He was lead editor for The Global Game: Writers on Soccer (University of Nebraska Press, 2008) and has also written on soccer for Afriche e Orienti (Bologna, Italy), the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, the New York Times Goal blog, Soccer and Society, So Foot (Paris) and When Saturday Comes. His essay "Alone in the Woods: The Literary Landscape of Soccer's 'Last Defender' " in World Literature Today was nominated for a Pushcart Prize. Also for World Literature Today he edited a special section on women's soccer, "World Cup/World Lit 2011," before the Women's World Cup in Germany. The section appeared in the May-June issue. His next project is a book on soccer and faith.

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