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CBS claims online sports record sent an entertainingly testy release contesting ESPN's claim that the 1.1 million unique visitors for Wednesday's U.S.-Algeria soccer game were the most for a live streamed sports event.

CBS says 1,115,097 unique visitors watched the Florida-BYU overtime game in the 2010 NCAA Tournament on its March Madness on Demand.

Awaiting ESPN's reponse . . .

(UPDATE: ESPN explained that when it said the game was the most-viewed ever it was referring to the average viewership of 328,000, not the unique visitors. The former is a measurement that is more similar to the figures used for TV ratings. But if you include online viewership of the game in other languages, notably the Spanish-language stream from Univision, the game clearly would be No. 1 even in unique visitors. Is that clear? Sorry, best I can do.)


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