As more television providers expand their offerings into offering live streams of NFL games, things have only gotten more confusing for the everyday viewer. Below, we have outlined all the ways in which you can watch every NFL game this season (legally).
A flashy 40-yard dash time tends to get all the headlines around NFL Combine time, and in some cases, improved draft stock for the players with record times.
And while there is a pretty strong argument to be made that 40 times are rarely indicative of long-term successful NFL performance, we thought it would be interesting to see what a team would look like based on the fastest 40-yard dash times in each position.
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.