Below you will find the top penalized player by each position for both offense and defense over the 2017-18 NFL season. Of course two CBs top the list, a position where essentially two or three big pass interference calls can juice the numbers. But then there are guys like Germain Ifedi of the infamous Seattle Seahawks offensive line, who put up 120 yards of penalties with almost entirely just false starts and holds (not that we’re bitter or anything).
Below you will find our annual SportFacts Optimism Score for the 2018 MLB season. Each year, we give teams a preseason optimism score based on how excited people are about their team’s prospects. You can review the 2017 MLB preseason scores here for a fun look back at last year.
It has been one of the most common complaints among NFL viewers for the past several seasons: There are too many commercial breaks.
But despite analysis showing that over the past few years, the number of commercials per game has stayed fairly flat, the perception has become that the number of ads has gone up. Our hunch leads us to believe that the way people are consuming content has changed drastically over the past five years, turning this into more of a perception issue. When it’s possible to watch our favorite shows on Netflix ad-free, to tune into an NFL game on a normal television broadcast makes it seem like it’s nothing but commercials these days.
41% of casual fans say they are watching fewer NFL games this year
It has been an interesting year for the NFL. The sports league has seen one of the strongest bull markets of the past decade, with television ratings, attendance, and thus advertising revenue all skyrocketing in that time.
In Seattle, we’re pretty biased, Century Link Field, aka “The Clink,” is pretty spectacular, especially for evening games, with the sun going down over the Puget Sound, the lights of the stadium radiating south of downtown, with skyscrapers a stone’s throw away.
We did in fact see a notable decrease during week one, anywhere between five and 15 minutes fewer commercials in most games
Touchdown – commercial – extra point – commercial – kickoff – commercial.
Last year, we ran the numbers and on average, each NFL game had around 55-65 minutes of commercials. This wasn’t an increase from previous years, but the perception was that there were far more ads, a problem for the NFL. We reported that the reasons for this perception are likely twofold:
With the 2017-18 NFL season only a few weeks away, we wanted to look back at 2016-17 one more time and review some numbers on what was driving fans crazy last year.
We took a survey of 1,084 NFL fans, and mixed responses with social media trends by using tracking tools for sports-related commentary around the web, looking for trending complaints. It was pretty obvious there were two last year that drew most of the internet’s concern, but some others of course emerged as well.
Fantasy football leads to 2x more regular viewing of NFL games
- NFL fans who play fantasy football watch 4.5 more hours of football per week on average (8.7 total hours of watching NFL games a week)
- 16% of NFL fans regularly play fantasy football
- 78% of people who start playing fantasy football state that their NFL viewership increases
There are a lot NFL fans – TV ratings suggest that over 60% of Americans tune-in on occasion throughout the season to watch games, the largest percentage for any sport in the US. But then there are NFL fanatics, who watch pre-game coverage, flip between RedZone and their favorite team’s game, keeping one eye on their fantasy football app, and then immediately turning to social media to discuss and review highlights throughout the day.
NFL fan positive sentiment towards openly gay players increasing:
- We polled 1,501 NFL fans and found that 65.8% now support openly gay players.
- This is an 11% increase from our 2015 poll that found 54.5% of fans supported openly gay players
- 72% of the US population thinks being homosexual is morally acceptable (source), a 7% increase over the same time frame (65% in 2015).
- Our poll found that younger fans (18-34) are more supportive (80.8% support) than older fans (55+) (51% support). Read more
ESPN has seen steady growth over the past 50 years, with continued subscriber increases year-over-year, that is at least until recently. The entertainment sports network has seen a perplexing drop in subscribers over the past few years, and shows no signs of slowing this decline.