Monday, October 28, 2013
Game 4 of the World Series drew an average of 15.4 million viewers, while the Sunday Night Football game on NBC drew an average of 14.9 million. The NFL still lead in the key 18-49 year old demographic, with a 5.6/13 rating/share to MLB’s 4.4/11. The previous weeks Sunday Night Football game had a 9.5 rating in that demographic. The World Series was up 10% among the demo from last year’s game 4.
These are the preliminary ratings, so the end numbers might shift, but I think based on this it’s pretty likely that game 5 tonight will handily top Monday Night Football’s Seattle/St. Louis match.
Tuesday, October 22, 2013
Connect any two NBA, NFL, and MLB athletes in history—even if they played different sports.
Silly but fun—it’s more interesting because it crosses sports. So Deion, Bo Knows, and Drew Henson are important nodes for football-baseball crossover, and Gene Conley and DeBuscherre for NBA-MLB
JIM BROWN (FOOTBALL) played on the 1965 Cleveland Browns with ...
Walter Johnson, who played on the 1977 Cincinnati Bengals with ...
Chris Bahr, who played on the 1987 Los Angeles Raiders with ...
Bo Jackson, who played on the 1994 California Angels with ...
Greg Myers, who played on the 2003 Toronto Blue Jays with ...
Mark Hendrickson, who played on the 1997-98 Sacramento Kings with ...
Michael Stewart, who played on the 2003-04 Cleveland Cavaliers with ...
TY COBB played on the 1913 Detroit Tigers with ...
Wally Pipp, who played on the 1928 Cincinnati Reds with ...
Si Johnson, who played on the 1946 Boston Braves with ...
Warren Spahn, who played on the 1964 Milwaukee Braves with ...
Phil Niekro, who played on the 1987 Toronto Blue Jays with ...
David Wells, who played on the 2002 New York Yankees with ...
Drew Henson, who played on the 2004 Dallas Cowboys with ...
Billy Cundiff, who played on the 2012 Washington Redskins with ...
ROBERT GRIFFIN III
Friday, September 13, 2013
Concussions have been a major concern in Major League Baseball this season. About a dozen catchers have been placed on the seven-day concussion list because of head injuries, including former MVP Joe Mauer, who has not returned to the Minnesota Twins after almost a month on the sidelines.
Plus, it appears MLB is dealing with the same concussion culture that the NFL has been trying to change.
Wednesday, July 24, 2013
In 2013, baseball amended its Joint Drug Testing Agreement to include in-season blood testing for HGH, but with a special provision carved out only for the isoform test. Should a major leaguer test positive for HGH, he has the right to challenge in arbitration not just his specific test, but the entire underlying science of the isoform test. This provision does not exist for other drugs, like nandrolone, for which the testing science is agreed upon. “The reason we went forward,” Weiner says, “was that on the one hand we believed that there was some scientific validity to what we saw [in the isoform test]. On the other hand we weren’t really sure.” In other words, MLB and the MLBPA built into the agreement a degree of uncertainty about the test; it just hasn’t been challenged because no major leaguer has come up positive yet. And thanks to a recent Court of Arbitration for Sport ruling that overturned the HGH positive of an Estonian skier because of questions about WADA’s decision limits, if a baseball player did test positive, “I think it would be very difficult to uphold,” Weiner says.
A good read, albeit mostly on the NFL and broader HGH testing issues.
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