NEW YORK — How do you plan a World Cup viewing party … at work? It’s a dilemma millions of Americans are grappling with as Team USA takes on Germany Thursday at 10 a.m. MDT.
The U.S. will advance to the Round of 16 if it beats or ties Germany — or a host of other scenarios outlined here.
Plenty of people say they’ll be tuning in on the ESPN app, even if they have to hide it under their desk, behind papers or in a well-placed bag (this is when it helps to have a purse or messenger bag, we hear).
“I work a cubicle and will have my mobile under my monitor so only I can see,” says Edwin from Arizona, who’s rooting for the U.S., but still trying to keep it quiet from his boss.
Then there’s the approach of the well-timed lunch.
“I have gone to lunch at a close by sports bar with colleagues to check out matches,” says Christine from West Palm Beach, Fla., also a red, white and blue team fan. “Our method is to leave work right when the first half is ending so we can catch the second half and see how the match finishes.”
Others get the entire office involved.
“I set up a meeting called Arena Pernambuco Distributed Antenna Systems. I invited my coworkers and booked a meeting room. I will use a project to display the game,” says one reader who asked not to be named.
But the office worthy of a GOOOAAAL! award goes to a law firm in Richmond, Va., where a senior executive sent out the following email:
“Subject line: Very important meeting Thursday”
“I am writing to request your presence at a very important meeting Thursday. I have reserved the conference room 5** for Thursday between 12 and 2pm to discuss affairs of national and international importance. I am having a flat screen TV brought into the room so we can view an audio-visual presentation. Please let me know if you can attend, and please feel free to invite others who may benefit from the meeting.”
Twenty-five million Americans tuned in to watch the U.S. take on Portugal in Sunday night’s 2-2 draw, according to data from ESPN and the Spanish-language channel Univision.