: Oleg is a exchange student in Passadena, CA.
Abb. 1: Oleg is a exchange student in Passadena, CA.
Listen to Marc how he explains American College sports to his german exchange student Oleg. While listening to the conversation, answer the questions with 1 to 5 words. You will hear the recording only once.
Is there only professional sports in the USA?
There is also college sports in the USA.
In how many stadiums do 100.000 people fit?
100.000 people fit in 8 college stadiums in the US.
How many teams play in the March Madness tournament?
68 teams play for the title in the March Madness tournament.
When is the Rose Bowl played?
The Rose Bowl is played every year on the first of January.
Tell us about Marc's and Oleg's plan.
They want to watch the Rose Bowl together next year.
do you know about college sports here in the US? All of my friends have their favorite college football team. What's yours?
College sports? I just know about professional sports here. The NBA, NFL and all that stuff. What is this about?
Oh man, then I will need to tell you all about it. Where do I start? Okay, every college has their own sports clubs. If you are a good athlete you can join them and play everything from baseball to football.
The teams are very popular. You can compare their stadiums to the once in the German Bundesliga. 8 football college teams have stadiums in which 100.000 people can find a place to watch the game. Imagine that!
Wow, those are big stadiums. What about the people that don't find a place in the stadium? Is it even on TV?
Is it on TV? Serious? It is on TV everyday! The good players are stars and people on the street wear jerseys of their favorite college team.
That is impressive, I have never heard about it. So, what's the biggest event in college sports?
Okay, let me see. I start to feel that you are interested. This is good, pal. So, for basketball it is the March Madness. A tournament for the 68 best teams of the nation. It starts in March and ends on the first weekend of April. That's why it is called March Madness. In 2016 28 million people saw the final on television!
Wow, i can not believe on what I am missing out. What's the biggest thing in college football then?
Oooh, you are talking to the right guy! Every year on the first of January is the Rose Bowl, the competition started 102 years ago. This years game was played here in Passadena, California and 94.000 people were in the stadium to see it. I went there, it was one big party.
I don't know what to say. I guess, next year on the first of January I will also want to go there and find out myself about college sports.
Yeah man, that sounds like a plan. Let's go together!