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• In conjunction with the official grand opening of its Americas headquarters, Bridgestone Americas, Inc. and the Nashville Predators unveiled an additional five-year extension for the naming rights agreement for Bridgestone Arena, home of the Nashville Predators. Initially signed in March 2010, the extended terms now ensure Bridgestone naming rights through 2025. Financial terms were not shared.
• Research, marketing and consulting firm NewZoo, San Francisco, has increased its estimate of the market size for global games for 2016-20 “based on an even stronger performance than anticipated in the first three quarters of the year. NewZoo now says that the global games market would generate $116 billion in game software revenues, $7.1 billion higher than previously estimated and nearly 11% growth vs. 2016. The firm now estimates that the category will hit $143.5 billion in 2020.

• Univision Deportes said it would conclude the year as the “leading sports brand delivering the most soccer viewing in the country throughout 2017.” Univision Deportes said this past year it earned the highest share of soccer viewing in the U.S. among 29 networks broadcasting live soccer, claiming over 40% of all viewing across the networks of Univision. It also said it led the industry by “broadcasting 19 out of 20 top-rated club soccer matches in 2017, regardless of language.”
• The NBA has named Indianapolis as the site for the 2021 All-Star Game, to be played in Bankers Life Fieldhouse on Feb. 14. The next three NBA All-Star Games are: Los Angeles (Staples Center, Feb. 18, 2018), Charlotte (Spectrum Center. Feb. 17, 2019) and Chicago (United Center, Feb. 16, 2020). Cleveland said it would seek to host the 2022 game, which would be the 70th All-Star Game in league history.

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6. Kristaps Porzingas New York Knicks
7. Giannis Antetokounmpo Milwaukee Bucks

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Let us not seek the Republican answer or the Democratic answer, but the right answer. Let us not seek to fix the blame for the past. Let us accept our own responsibility for the future.
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Let us not seek the Republican answer or the Democratic answer, but the right answer. Let us not seek to fix the blame for the past. Let us accept our own responsibility for the future.
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Let us not seek the Republican answer or the Democratic answer, but the right answer. Let us not seek to fix the blame for the past. Let us accept our own responsibility for the future.
Read more at http://www.brainyquote.com/quotes/quotes/j/johnfkenn121400.html#JZxA5jXY4rCwemgZ.99
Let us not seek the Republican answer or the Democratic answer, but the right answer. Let us not seek to fix the blame for the past. Let us accept our own responsibility for the future.
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Jan202011

Harris Poll: NFL Fans Sack MLB For Favorite Sport . . .  Again

January 20, 2011: Not only did the NFL draw record numbers to its TV broadcasts during the 2010 season, which it  continues to do during the playoff drive to Super Bowl XLV, but it continues to remain by far the most popular of all sports among U.S. fans.

More than three in ten Americans (31%) who follow at least one sport say pro football is their favorite sport while fewer than two in ten (17%) say baseball, according to a new survey from The Harris Poll. Although this is a narrowing of the gap from last year, when 35% of sports fans said pro football was their favorite sport and 16% said it was baseball, it marks the ninth consecutive Harris Poll (going back to 2002) in which pro football has had a double-digit lead over baseball. (See 2003-2010 chart below.)

According to the NFL, the 2010 season was the most-watched ever, attracting a record 207.7 million unique viewers. The trend has continued thus far during the playoffs, with the New York Jets-New England Patriots game on Jan. 16 attracting 43.5 million viewers, making it the most-watched divisional playoff game ever.

Soccer was aided only slightly by the playing of the FIFA World Cup in 2010. In the previous Harris Poll, 2% named men's soccer as their favorite sport. In the new survey, the total was 4%, still leaving soccer behind pro football and baseball, college football (12%), auto racing (7%) men's pro basketball (6%) and hockey (5%).

Regarding specific demographics, pro football was named as the favorite sport by African Americans (45%), Baby Boomers aged 46-64 (37%) and Easterners (34%), while those fewer people more likely to say pro football is their favorite sport among Echo Boomers ages 18-33 (23%), Hispanics (26%), and Midwesterners (26%).

For baseball, Matures ages 65 and older (21%), Hispanics (20%) and those with an education of high school or less (20%) cited it as their favorite sport.  African Americans (6%), those with some college education (12%) and Echo Boomers (13%) are least likely to say baseball is their favorite.

Overall, the Harris Poll has pinpointed some fluctuations in favorites over the past 25 years. Since the first such survey in 1985, pro football has gone up 7 points from 24% of sports fans saying it was their favorite sport then to 31% saying so now. Meanwhile, baseball has gone down 6 points from 23% in 1985 to 17% in the new survey.

Looking ahead, Harris anticipates that, based on past numbers, the popularity of pro football might not take much of a hit if there is a lockout due to problems with the owner-player CBA negotiations. As an example, the NHL shut down in 2004-05 but did not suffer in popularity among sports fans who participated in the survey.

The Harris Poll  was conducted among 2,331 adults surveyed online between Dec 6-13, 2010 by Harris Interactive.

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