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00:00:02
>> With Sunday night football and full swing in the US, on the other side of the world it's game time for this guy.>> I started commentating with the mindset of my audience and I were exploring the sport together. We're all beginners when it comes to football.>> Wang Zhi Xing is an NFL commentator in China, one of the fastest growing fan bases for American football.
00:00:21
Young Chinese are getting hooked on the game, often during their morning commute as Reuter's Pe Lee explains.>> American football is less popular than Basketball in China, but its fan base has been growing quickly. This year, Super Bowl is viewed by 1.5 million viewers in China. And NFL has signed an exclusive partnership with Tencent to live stream the games in this potentially huge markets where people tend to watch games on their smartphones more than TVs.
00:00:46
>> Wong is now entering his third season as an NFL commentator and before this, he called games for the NBA. He says he started out by just explaining the rules to his viewers over and over again realizing they were new to the game just like he was.>> There are some NBA fans watching when I commentate on the NFL so I try to use examples from basketball to bring the two sports together.
00:01:07
>> NFL every year would also provide a boot camp where all the other commentators gather together and shared notes, on how to improve their comentating skills.>> And although it hasn't quite caught up to the popularity of the NBA which still has about 60 times its viewership, Wong and his team are optimistic about the future of football as the Sunday night tradition slowly becomes a Monday morning ritual for China's youth.