Actually, this says more about the random televised soccer you (and general American public) might have seen on TV than generically translating well to TV watching. Comparing televised soccer produced by American TV channels to that produced by TV channels in countries where it's a mainstream sport is like comparing amateur college TV news productions to professional news channel productions. For one thing, American TV channels employ cameramen who do not have years of background or connection to the sport at all. They tend to use camera angles as well as zoom ratios from sport they're more familiar with e.g. baseball which cannot possibly translate to soccer. The most vital part of soccer presentation which is showing how plays develop, as well as a lot of crucial off the ball runs get lost in the details. Some atrocious zoom ratios show individual players as microscopic figures running around aimlessly on the ground without any connection to the game as a whole. Lay over this with constant chattering of commentators whose style is more amenable for American sports with lots of breaks in them e.g. baseball or American Football, showing irrelevant shots such as kids eating lollipops in the crowd, and it becomes a juvenile product. I've heard atrocious play calling where the commentator isn't even aware of the relevance of some of the important plays taking place, so it's impossible that they would say anything about this. Some of the best TV coverage I've experienced recently in SD has been the German Bundesliga. Of course it also helps that the stadium atmosphere and crowd involvement has been some of the best in Bundesliga as well, so it helps selling it as a top-notch polished product.