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Fantasy Football Fuels NFL Ratings

We’re not sure what you did yesterday, but we spent the better part of a holiday party glued to the television. Not because the company was bad, but rather because we were in a fantasy football playoff deathmatch and we really needed 13 points from Brad Gronkowski. We can’t imagine we were the only ones, and the Los Angeles Times doesn’t think so either.

The paper takes a look at the role fantasy football is playing in helping the NHL achieve record ratings.

The growth of the Internet has fueled the rise of fantasy football, and that in turn is driving record growth in NFL ratings. Fantasy has become the TV executives’ friend for two reasons: It has vastly broadened the game’s appeal to include people who previously followed football lightly or not at all, and it rewards viewers for paying close attention from kick-off to the game’s final seconds. Fantasy has changed the meaning of the game far beyond the traditional rooting interest shared by hometown fans.

That’s one of the major reasons why 15 football games have been watched by at least 25 million people, 40 percent more than the entirety of 2009.

As for that 13 points? Yeah, not so much. But hey, at least there was mulled cider and friendship.

Tom Brady Is Clearly Rubbing Off On Mike Ditka

Who wants to be the one that tells Mike Ditka he looks foolish wearing Uggs?

It sure won’t be me!

(H/T The Big Lead)

Bill Simmons Loves Him Some Josh Freeman

While watching the Tampa Bay-Atlanta game at the bar on Sunday, I found myself doing my best Cousin Sal impersonation of Bill Simmons whenever quarterback Josh Freeman had the ball.

Simmons’ man crush on the Buccaneers quarterback has resulted in some great moments during Cousin Sal’s weekly segment on The B.S. Report where they guess NFL lines.

A listener has compiled all of the Freeman exchanges during the season into one clip.

Now I won’t feel silly about doing my Cousin Sal impersonation on Sunday when Freeman plays the Washington Redskins.

Think Twice Before Selling Those Rose Bowl Tickets

The days of college newspapers covering student council meetings and publishing the crime log are long gone.

The Badger Herald, an independent student newspaper at the University of Wisconsin, published the names of the 33 students that were selling their Rose Bowl tickets on Facebook Marketplace, hours after purchasing them.

The Badgers were allotted 5,800 student tickets by the Rose Bowl and they sold out in 20 minutes.

How dare students make extra money during the holidays by selling tickets to a game they clearly have no interest in attending.
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Tiger Woods Is Still Ratings Gold

Tiger Woods has had a rough 2010 both on and off the course. On Sunday, his golf season came to a fitting end when he lost a four-shot lead to Graeme McDowell and fell in the Chevron World Challenge. It completed his first winless season since like forever ago.

But! The broadcast “generated the best Sunday overnight rating in eight years and a 170-percent increase from last year’s final-day broadcast.” The third round coverage was also up huge, showing a 167 percent increase from ’09.

The best ratings for the event came in 2002, a match that featured Padraig Harrington defeating, you guessed it, Woods.

Golf’s biggest star doesn’t carry the pull he previously did, but it’s clear that he’s still a massive marketing vehicle. It should help him regain some sponsors, especially if his game continues to improve.

Mike & Mike Swing And Miss With Tiger Interview

As expected, the Tiger Woods interview Thursday morning with Mike & Mike came up short.

Once the guidelines were revealed yesterday by Sports Illustrated reporter Richard Deitsch, it paved the way for the slew of softball questions that were tossed in Tiger’s direction.

Instead of listening to Mike Greenberg and Mike Golic interview Woods, check out his article in Newsweek: Read more

Concussions Ignored in Latest NFL Suicide

Kenny McKinley, a second-year Denver Broncos receiver who was on injured reserve for the season, died of an apparent suicide on Monday afternoon. It’s a tragic story, both for the friends and family of the deceased and the Broncos, who suffer another devastating death.

“Kenny had a promising future on the football field, but more importantly, he was a great teammate whose smile and personality could light up the room,” coach Josh McDaniels said in a statement Monday night. “This is a tragic loss for our football team, and his family is in all of our thoughts and prayers during this difficult time.”

The media is covering the story, but they are missing the bigger picture. Read more

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