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In Expected Move, Judge Rules Against N.J.'s Sports Gambling Bid

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U.S. District Court Judge Michael Shipp on Friday night ruled that the state of New Jersey "cannot partially lift a prohibition on sports betting in an effort to boost the state’s struggling horse racing and casino industries." The decision "was the expected outcome, since the judg...

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Poll: MLB Best At Live Events On Web

Sports execs feel that MLB does the best job among major U.S. sports properties in delivering live content to fans via the Internet, according to a Turnkey Sports Poll conducted in October. Forty-four percent of respondents said MLB did the best job, while 10% said it was the NFL. Execs were also a ...

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Overnight Nielsen Ratings

ESPN’s Nebraska-Penn State telecast on Saturday earned a 3.8 overnight Nielsen rating, marking the net’s highest-rated college football game in the 12:00pm ET window on record (dating back to ’01). The previous season-high had been a 3.6 overnight for the Oct. 15 Michigan-Michigan ...

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Poll: Fan Safety Best At MLS Venues

Sports execs feel that the safety of fans in the stands at NFL games and NASCAR races are at lower levels compared to other major U.S. pro sports leagues, according to a Turnkey Sports Poll taken in October. Among execs polled, 12% said fans at NFL games were not safe at all, and 10% ...

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Stars Seeing 27% Drop In Attendance

NHL Western Conference teams were averaging 16,550 fans per game through Tuesday, down 1.4% from the same period last year. The Blackhawks lead all clubs with 21,402 fans per game at United Center. Despite having the league's best record through Nov. 8, the Stars are seeing the largest decrease at 2 ...

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NHL Attendance Up Slightly Over Last Season

NHL teams are averaging 17,072 fans per game through yesterday, up 0.6% compared to the same time period last year. Eastern Conference clubs are averaging 17,573 fans per game, up 2.2%. The Lightning have the league's largest increase, 21.7%, at the newly renovated St. Pete Times Forum. The Jets ha ...

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NFL Net In 57.4 Million Homes In November

NFL Network is in 57.4 million U.S. homes in November as it gets set for its sixth season of "Thursday Night Football" this week, marking the net's highest level of distribution since it first became rated in November '06. When regular-season games first aired on the net, it had a distribution of 37 ...

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Overnight Nielsen Ratings

The Breeders’ Cup Classic on ESPN from 6:30-7:15pm ET earned a 1.2 overnight Nielsen rating for Drosselmeyer’s win on Saturday, down 61% from last year’s race, which featured Zenyatta attempting to remain defeated. ESPN also earned a 1.1 overnight for Breeders’ Cup coverage ...

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Top Cable TV Sports Telecasts In October

Sports telecasts accounted for 32 of the top 100 most-viewed programs on cable TV during the month of October, including eight of the top 10. Despite the slow start for ESPN's "MNF," the five games that fell during the Nielsen-measured period last month ranked among the six most-viewed programs on c ...

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ESPN, ESPN2 See Primetime Down In Oct.

ESPN and ESPN2 saw double-digit percentage declines in primetime viewership in October, down 16% and 14%, respectively. As the '11-12 NHL season got underway, Versus also saw a drop in primetime audience (-6%). Speed led all sports cable networks with a 28% gain in primetime audience, led by i ...

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Poll: DC Sports Fans Favor Capitals

The Capitals enjoy the highest level of favorability among DC sports fans, according to a Washington Post poll conducted over the summer. A little more than half of the sports fans polled said they did not know enough to even have an opinion about MLS DC United. DC sports fans had a strongly u ...

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