REPORT: Comparing Guaranteed Contracts of the MLB, NBA and NFL

A million here, a million there.

Professional sports contracts can seem massive, no matter the league, but we wanted to see what sport often ends up paying out the most in their top deals, especially relative to total league revenue. While the NFL has been a dominant force in US sports for the past decade for total league revenue, it was interesting to see how low their top 10 guaranteed contracts are compared to the NBA and MLB.

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REPORT: Swing and a Miss – Average Strikeouts Per Game By Each MLB Team

For some teams, it’s part of the strategy, take a lot of swings, don’t worry too much about striking out, the resulting hits will balance everything out. Others, they just don’t have the power to really take successful cracks at the ball.

We wanted to see what teams average the most strikeouts on offense per game, so we pulled data on the past five seasons (2012-2016) to determine who ended up walking back to the dugout empty-handed the most. Below you will find a breakdown of average strikeouts per team over the last five seasons, and a chart below that shows the five year average of every team as well.

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REPORT: NFL Concussions Per Team Over the Past Five Seasons

Among the several issues the NFL has faced in the press over the past few years, none have been as impactful as concussion data.

We wanted to see which NFL teams had the most concussions during games and which teams had the least. Using data from NFL injury reports as well as cross-referencing with third party NFL data providers, we broke down each team’s total reported in-game concussion count below.

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The 2017 NBA All-Technical Foul Team

It’s always tremendous fun to remind ourselves just how many times DeMarcus Cousins has been called for a technical foul over the past few years.

But we wanted to dig a little deeper so we thought it would be interesting to make an NBA “All-Technical Foul” team by sourcing data on the total number of technical fouls per player in each position. We pulled data over the past five seasons and added it up for all currently starting players. Below you’ll find the starting team (and their backups in italics).

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Report: Breaking Down Team Fouls and Win Performance in the NBA

Depending on who you ask, most people who watch and report on the NBA have pretty mixed feelings about how quantity of fouls predicts team performance.

We wanted to dive into the numbers to see if there were any specific trends that could point to whether or not more disciplined teams (those who don’t get very many fouls called against them) generally outperform more aggressive teams (those who do get more fouls called against them).

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NFL RedZone Saved Viewers From 35 Hours of Commercials This Season

“We don’t do commercials here on NFL RedZone” – Scott Hanson, NFL RedZone host

While NFL viewership fell in the 2016 season, NFL RedZone has shown some strong growth, with millions of subscribers actively tuning in every week. What was once supposed to be merely a niche option for hardcore fantasy football fans has quickly turned into a premiere way to consume NFL games with plenty of exciting clips and no commercial breaks.

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NFL TV Ratings Down 1.4M Viewers Per Game on Average in 2016 Season

At the beginning of the year, the media reported on widespread ratings decline for NFL games, citing a variety of reasons including the 2016 presidential election taking up TV time, protests from NFL players making the game seem political, and recent bad press about concussions.

We wanted to see if this ratings decline remained consistent throughout the entire season, so we pulled data on the individual ratings of every nationally broadcast regular season game, including Thursday Night Football, Sunday’s Game of the Week, Sunday Night Football, and Monday Night Football for the last three seasons.

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TV Networks Are Paying 150x More for NFL Games

It has been interesting to note the slight decline in NFL ratings this season.

The league has been a ratings powerhouse for the past decade, spiking interest not only domestically, but also internationally as the league hopes to become a dominant global sport. The financial power the league holds is now clear in the size of its broadcast network revenue, with each of the major networks paying out top dollar to get access to NFL game broadcast rights. But it wasn’t always quite so extravagant.

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