Alongside the live television coverage of the games which is available to viewers in most countries and the strong promotion of the league through merchandise, advertising and spin-off activities in places such as online casino sites, including even a football themed slots game in www.luckynuggetcasino.com,
one of the big contributory factors in the global appeal of the English Premier League is the presence of so many players of different nationalities. This allows those watching the games in other countries to become more involved in the games, when they see stars from their own nation playing for the clubs there. An example of this in the current Premiership would be Simeon Jackson of Norwich City and Canada.
Jackson is not originally from Canada, having been born in Jamaica, but opted to play for the Canada national team, having qualified due to childhood residency there. Indeed his football debut came with a Canadian team, when he appeared for Sunoco FC, during his time in the country. He has so far made 29 appearances for the Canadian national team as a striker, contributing 6 goals. However, it is only in the last year or so that he has gained wider prominence, thanks to his club side – Norwich City – gaining promotion to the Premier League at the end of the 2010/11 season.
Most expected Norwich to struggle in their first season back in the top flight but, assisted by Jackson up front, this did not prove to be the case, as the Carrow Road side comfortably survived the drop. In his first top flight season, Jackson found his opportunities relatively limited – with just 10 starts – but managed six goals despite limited opportunities. He was overshadowed by the form of Grant Holt up front for Norwich, but will be hoping to get more opportunities to shine in the coming season, when he will be working under a new manager.