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NFL Posts Record Ratings

Here we are, halfway through the NFL season. That was fast, no?

It seems like every week we discuss what great ratings the telecasts are getting. And you know what? There’s reason why: This is the most-watched season ever through the first nine weeks.

More than 175 million fans have seen part of a game during the 2010 season, up five million from a year ago.

Better year (at least for the NFL execs): “NFL games account for the 14 most-watched programs on television since the NFL season kicked off on Sept. 9. This compares to NFL games accounting for the six most-watched shows at this point last season and none of the top 15 shows five years ago.”

A more numerical look at the success after the jump.
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Harvard Student Group Tackles Your Favorite Sports Problems

Those Harvard kids sure do know their sports. Well, at least some of them do. Specifically, we refer to the Harvard Sports Analysis Collective, a “student organization dedicated to quantitative analysis of sports strategy and management.” They produce some of the smartest sports analysis this side of Bill James.

On Monday, graduate advisor and former HSAC president Daniel Granoff published a post discussing the rash of errors in the first round of baseball. It’s not our favorite post – preferring others such as the always popular subject of giving up touchdowns and an explanation of the men’s tennis ranking system – but it’s packed with solid stats.

Errors of every sort came pouring in; no play was routine. The Giants, Braves, Phillies and Reds combined to produce a total of 37 runs in their series. Of those, 12 were unearned from a total of 15 errors. That means 32.4% of the runs scored in the two National League Division Series were the results of errors. Compare this to the regular season, where only 8% of the total runs were unearned.

The takeaway: If you want to get smarter, read this site.