America’s Most Polarizing Brands

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Due to some players kneeling during the national anthem to protest police brutality against black people in the United States and the subsequent hostile response from the president, the NFL has been dominating headlines recently. The issue is highly politicized, with opinions largely split down party lines. In fact, as a survey by Morning Consult shows, it has become one of the most polarizing brands in the country.

When looking at favorability, the NFL enjoys a net score of 38 percent among Clinton voters. When subtracting the share of Trump voters giving a negative rating from those giving a favorable one, the result is a score of -24 percent. For Republican voters, this makes it one of the least popular brands, with only CNN and the New York Times receiving a lower score in this list -28 percent and -25 percent, respectively.

Unsurprisingly, the most polarizing brand is Trump Hotels. With a 99 percentage point difference, Trump voters recorded a net favorability of 48 percent, while the hotels count as one of the least-liked brands among Democrats with a net score of -52 percent.

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Iceland Is The Smallest Nation To Reach The World Cup

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People in Iceland are looking forward to another summer packed with thrilling action on the soccer field after their national team qualified for the 2018 World Cup last night. Iceland beat Kosovo 2-0, securing the precious ticket to the tournament in Russia, continuing one of soccer’s greatest fairytales. Iceland’s emergence as a soccer power has been surprising given that the country only has a population of 340,000 people. Kosovo has a population nearly six times larger and it’s roughly equivalent to the number of inhabitants in Santa Ana, California. Despite its serious shortage in manpower, however, Iceland has managed to punch well above its weight on the soccer pitch in recent years.

The tiny nation’s remarkable performances can be attributed to a plan formulated almost two decades ago. That saw heavy investment in indoor sports complexes and heated pitches as well as a sharp focus on education and coaching in particular. That resulted in the country producing some 600 qualified coaches, 400 of whom have a UEFA B license, equating to one coach per 825 inhabitants. England has one coach per 11,000 inhabitants.

According to Yahoo! Sports, Paraguay competed in the 1930 World Cup with a population of 860,000 people. However, that tournament did not actually involve qualification so it is better to compare Iceland’s achievement with that of Trinidad and Tobago. The Caribbean island nation qualified for the 2006 World Cup in Germany with a population of 1.3 million people. As impressive as that achievement was, Iceland have made it to Russia with less than a quarter of Trinidad and Tobago’s population.

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Most Lucrative Boxing Matches

Critics argue the big boxing matches have become nothing but glitzy show events drowned in money. The latest fight of Floyd Mayweather against Conor McGregor stands to be the most lucrative fight as of yet, grossing at an half a billion dollars in total revenue, which probably is a conservative estimate for this bout. Though the actual prize money the boxers take home is lower, the below chart indicates that Mayweather won’t have to worry about his pension. The 40-year-old claims the fight on Saturday night in Las Vegas was his last one.

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Where Refs Brandish Red the Most

All football fans can think of a time when their team’s chances in a game have been extinguished by a red card. A game can flip on its head on the back of a rash challenge, but also as the result of a rash refereeing decision. The modern game moves so quickly, with officials having to make massive decisions in tiny amounts of time. The infographic below looks at analysis by CIES Football Observatory showing the top flight leagues in Europe with the highest number of red cards per game for the season so far.

This chart shows the average number of red cards per match during the 2016/2017 season, by national top-flight league.

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Night and Day at Leicester City

By: Martin Armstrong

The football world, myself included, reacted with anger and dismay in February as Claudio Ranieri, manager of reigning Premier League champions Leicester City, was sacked. Despite the club being in the midst of a major drop in form, the board’s decision was seen by most as being very cynical. As the well-worn saying goes though, football is a results business.

Since the appointment of Craig Shakespeare, the Foxes have won every game, scoring 13 goals along the way. During the last five Premier League games under Ranieri, the champions lost every match and didn’t manage to find the net at all. Ranieri will remain in the hearts of Leicester fans forever for what he achieved last season, but what matters most in the here and now is avoiding relegation and, well, maybe winning the Champions League

This chart shows the ten most recent Premier League results of Leicester City as of 5 April 2017.

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MLB’s Making a Dollar (or Two) on Luxury Tax

The MLB season 2017 has just begun. There are going to be 162 games played by 30 teams. At total of six major league organizations will pay a luxury tax for exceeding the $195 million salary level. With a new collective bargaining agreement set to go into effect, there have never been more teams subject to the tax. In the past years the MLB’s luxury tax revenue has gone up quite a bit already.

This chart shows Luxury Tax payments* by Major League Baseball teams (in million U.S. dollars) until 2016

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Where Refs Brandish Red the Most

All football fans can think of a time when their team’s chances in a game have been extinguished by a red card. A game can flip on its head on the back of a rash challenge, but also as the result of a rash refereeing decision. The modern game moves so quickly, with officials having to make massive decisions in tiny amounts of time. The infographic below looks at analysis by CIES Football Observatory showing the top flight leagues in Europe with the highest number of red cards per game for the season so far.

This chart shows the average number of red cards per match during the 2016/2017 season, by national top-flight league.

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Premium Seats at Premium Events = Premium Prices

When Super Bowl LI kicks off on Sunday, only a small fraction of those who are going to be watching will be so lucky as to be inside the NRG Stadium in Houston. With secondary market ticket prices starting at around $2,000, attending the game is not exactly a cheap affair. But make no mistake, it doesn’t take the secondary market to spend this kind of money to attend a sporting event.

As our chart illustrates, premium tickets for premium sporting events easily break an average fan’s annual ticket budget. According to Statista’s Digital Market Outlook, an average attendee of sporting events in the United States, one who ordered at least one ticket online, spent an average of $224 on online ticket purchases in 2016.

To find out more about the growing online ticketing, please refer to our complimentary market report “eServices: Event Tickets”.

This chart compares ticket prices for major sporting events to an average fan’s annual budget for online ticket purchases.

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