With the NFL draft behind us we thought it would be an appropriate time to run a Fan Optimism Score™ survey to determine what teams’ fans are most excited about the upcoming season, and what fans are already on their proverbial fourth drink before the season has even seen its first kickoff.
We wanted to see what states had the most valuable sports teams, so we pulled data on individual team values for the NFL, NBA, MLB, NHL and MLS and added them together in each state. You can see the full value of each state’s sport teams in the map and graph below:
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.
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.
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.
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).
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).
With the 2016-2017 NFL season coming to a close, we wanted to break down everyone’s favorite NFL data… penalties!
Below you will find a breakdown of the All-Penalty NFL Team™, showing the position leaders in penalties.
“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.
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.