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College Bowl Season Set To Begin, Including New Game In Montgomery

Published in SportsBusiness Daily on 12 / 19 / 14

The ’14-15 college bowl season kicks off tomorrow with five games. Financial documents filed this summer by New Orleans Bowl Inc. indicated that last year's R+L Carriers New Orleans Bowl generated $3.77M in revenue, with 58% of that via ticket sales. Last year's game drew its third straigh...

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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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DC Sports Fans Feel Market Is "Average"

Sports fans in the DC metro area believe that the market ranks as an average sports town compared to other U.S. cities, according to a Washington Post poll conducted over the summer. Forty-two percent of respondents said DC is an "average" sports town, compared to 27% saying "above average" and 14% ...

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Overnight Nielsen Ratings

NBC earned a 1.2 overnight Nielsen rating for its Navy-Notre Dame football telecast on Saturday. It is tied with the Air Force-Notre Dame game on Oct. 8 for the lowest Notre Dame football overnight ever on NBC. ABC led all weekend college football with a 5.4 overnight for its regionalized ...

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Execs: Horse Racing Needs Triple Crown Winner

Sports execs feel that a Triple Crown winner would most increase casual fan interest in horse racing, according to data from a Turnkey Sports Poll taken in September. Fifty-one percent of respondents said a Triple Crown winner would provide the biggest boost among casual fans, while 25% said a cons ...

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MLS Audience Up On ESPN, Fox Soccer

MLS averaged 291,000 viewers for regular-season matches this season across ESPN and ESPN2, up 15% from an average of 253,000 viewers last season. The June 26 Red Bulls-Fire match on ESPN marked the most-viewed game of the season with 622,000 viewers. The season-opening Galaxy-Sounders FC match on M ...

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