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• “While these Olympic Games will once again be profitable for NBC Sports Group, they also created major benefits for the rest of our portfolio, including NBC News, NBC Entertainment, Universal theme parks, our many cable networks, and our owned television stations and affiliate partners." — Mark Lazarus, chairman-NBC Broadcasting and Sports

• Winter Games Brand Awareness
Which of the following brands have you seen an ad for in the past two weeks during Winter Olympics?
1. Coca-Cola 45.4
2. Liberty Mutual 25.3
3. Samsung 24.5
4. NBC 23.7
5. Chobani 16.3
6. United 14.4
7. NBCSN 10.9
8. Intel 9.1
9. Dow 3.2
10. Panasonic 2.9
SOURCE YouGov

• This wknd all 30 MLB teams (including players, coaches, managers and umpires) will wear caps to honor before games, with option to wear the caps  in-game. Players will sign caps and auction them to raise money for Broward Education Foundation to benefit the official Victims' Fund.

KEEPING SCORE

Most Exciting Sports Worldwide
1. Athletics (i.e. Olympics) 47% Very/Quite Exciting
2. Tennis 43%
3. Football (soccer) 43%
4. Rugby 41%
5. Gymnastics 36%
6. Boxing 32%
7. Formula 1 32%
8. Swimming 26%
9. Horse Racing 25%
10. Cycling 25%

Most Boring Sports Worldwide
1. Golf 70% Very/Quite Boring
2. U.S. Football 59%
3. Cricket 58%
4. Darts 58%
5. Snooker 57%
6. Basketball 52%
7. Horse Racing 52%
8. Cycling 50%
9. Formula 1 49%
10. Boxing 46%

Poll from YouGov.com

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Top Selling MLS Player Jerseys
1. Miguel Almirón Atlanta United
2. Bastian Schweinsteiger Chicago Fire
3. Josef Martínez Atlanta United
4. Jordan Morris Seattle Sounders
5. David Villa NYCFC
6. Clint Dempsey Seattle Sounders
7. Sebastian Giovinco Toronto FC
8. Kaká Orlando City FC
9. Andrea Pirlo NYCFC
10. Nicolás Lodeiro Seattle Sounders
SOURCE MLS STORE

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Thursday
Jul012010

The Canadians Are Coming! The Canadians Are Coming! (CFL On NFL Network)

July 1, 2010: Dedicated fans of football - the U.S. version, not the World Cup version - no longer have to wait until the 2010 NFL season begins in September. The NFL Network said it has worked out a deal with the Canadian Football League for broadcast 14 CFL games in the U.S. this year. Financial terms were not disclosed.

The first game will be the CFL season opener on July 1 between the Montreal Alouettes and Saskatchewan Roughriders, the two teams that played in last season's Grey Cup championship game, won by the Alouettes, 28-27.

The games will be produced by TSN, the leading sports broadcaster in Canada.  NFL Network subscribers in Canada will get alternative programming due to TSN’s exclusivity. Advertising and marketing support were not revealed.

The 14-game CFL schedule on NFL Network in high definition features three games on Saturday nights in July following the Thursday night debut on Canada Day. Due to NFL Network’s commitment to air every NFL preseason game in August, CFL action resumes on Friday nights in September, October and November. CFL games are also available in the U.S. via ESPN3.com (with a subscription). The broadcasts will end as the CFL goes into its playoffs, culminating with the 98th Grey Cup on Nov. 28, this season being played in Edmonton.
 
"This is great news for CFL fans living in the United States, a group that includes some of our most passionate and dedicated fans,” Rob Assimakopoulos, the CFL’s svp-marketing and commercial assets, said in a statement.  “And it promises to expose our brand of football to a broad, new audience.”

An attempt to build CFL teams in the U.S. in the early-to-mid-1990s was short-lived, with teams located in such cities as Sacramento, Memphis, Shreveport, San Antonio and Birmingham. However, in 1995, the Baltimore Stallions, owned by businessman and former NFL assistant coach Jim Speros, became the only U.S.-based CFL team to ever win the Grey Cup. Speros moved the franchise to Montreal in 199 where they became the Alouettes. (Speros is now owner of the Norfolk franchise slatted for 2011 expansion in the United Football League.)

Home to eight teams, all in Canadian cities, the CFL features three downs instead of four, 12 men aside instead of 11, unlimited motion before the snap of the ball, and a playing field that 65 yards wide and 110 yards long, with end zones 20 yards deep. Some of its most recognizable alumni include former NFL quarterbacks Warren Moon, Doug Flutie, Joe Theismann and Joe Kapp and coach Bud Grant. Moon and Grant are members of both the Canadian Football Hall of Fame and the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

NFL Network’s programming also includes live NFL regular season Thursday Night Football games, Arena Football Friday AFL games, college and high school all-star games.

“We continue to acquire more games for our fans and look forward to CFL action kicking off on Thursday with a rematch of the Grey Cup,”  Charles Coplin, vp-programming, NFL Network, said in a statement.  “With the addition of the CFL, we now have live games from every level to deliver to our viewers who want football 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year.” (Full scheduled here and below.) 

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