TV news staffers tune to the World Cup

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U.S. and Germany play in the World Cup. (AP Photo/Hassan Ammar)
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Alex Weprin

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The U.S. and Germany are playing a match today that will determine their fate in the World Cup tournament.

Suffice it to say, sports fans are interested in watching. The time of the match, right in the middle of the workday, lends itself to bars during lunch breaks and fans watching online through Univision or Watch ESPN at work. Inside TV news bureaus, where TV sets are ubiquitous, the game will be front and center alongside the news. The news won’t stop, of course, but the attention spans of staffers there may be divided.

ESPN, which is a U.S. rights-holder, is holding a viewing party at its Bristol, Connecticut campus, a staffer tells Capital. At ESPN sister network ABC, ABC News staffers have been invited to watch the game, and the network will be providing food and red, white and blue rocket pops.

At CBS News, “CBS This Morning” executive producer Chris Licht brought in pizza, with the game playing on a big screen. At NBC News, the executive team has been advised to order in lunch and give their teams a chance to watch the game too. CNN is also having a pizza party for staffers while the game is on.

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At least for today, there is a clear bias in newsrooms across the country.