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Welcome to ASAP’s modern world of sports analytics, providing you with statistics that can inform and impact your business each and every week. Perhaps something will inspire your innovative sports business!


December 14, 2017

7,963,535: number of participants in organized high school sports in the United States, according to the National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS). The 2016-17 academic year marked the 28th consecutive increase in total participation, and the largest single year increase in girls’ participation in 16 years (+75,971). Football remains the most popular sport by number of participants despite a decrease of 2.5% year over year. Click here for more insight on the report, and here for the raw data.

December 8, 2017

$353.7 million (USD): The cumulative value of salary cap space as of today for the 32 NFL teams. The 0-12 Cleveland Browns have the most flexibility with $59.2 million available, and the 2-10 San Francisco 49ers lead the NFC at $54.9 million under the cap. The 804 Seattle Seahawks are the only team currently over the salary cap, at $184,459 over the limit (the 2017 unadjusted per team limit is $167 million).

November 30, 2017

70: days until the 2018 Winter Olympics kickoff in PyeongChang, South Korea. Over the 18 days of competition, 102 medals will be awarded in 15 sports. Of the 13 worldwide Olympic partners, six are American companies, three were founded in Japan, and one each from China France, South Korea, and Switzerland. The Olympic Partner (TOP) program generated just over $1 billion in revenue for the 2013-16 quadrennium.

November 16, 2017

1: MLB’s At Bat position on the “highest grossing sports app” list... for nine years (and counting). At Bat is opened more than 8 million times a day during the season; and for 2017, MLB went beyond the annual upgrades and enhancements to the live scoring and news app when it launched a virtual reality version on the Google Daydream VR platform.

November 9, 2017

27,151,750: Number of fans who attended NCAA Division I Men’s basketball games during the 2016-17 regular season. 351 teams* hosted 5,319 games last year. The Big Ten led the way in attendance by conference (3.12M total and 12,235 fans per game). The 345 women’s DI programs hosted 5,040 regular season games in front of 7,750,588 fans. The 2017-18 campaign tips off this weekend. Good luck to all the student-athletes taking the floor! [*Includes four teams transitioning to DI.] Click here for full coverage.

November 1, 2017

14, 6: number of men’s and women’s teams currently competing in the Rugby League World Cup. This 15th iteration of the global event contested since 1954 is being hosted in Australia, New Zealand and Papua New Guinea. It began on October 27 and concludes on December 2. Click here for full coverage.

October 26, 2017

1: number of expansion teams since 1961 in the five North American professional leagues to finish their inaugural season with a record of .500 of better. Congratulations to the 2017 Atlanta United of MLS, who finished the regular season 15-9-10, in 4th place in the Eastern Conference, and will host Columbus on October 26 in their first postseason game in team history. For more on the United’s unprecedented campaign and expansion stats across the leagues, check out our blog on this Expansion Outlier.

October 19, 2017

17: of 30 NBA teams open the 2017-18 season with corporate logos on their uniforms. Among the marketing deals, the largest is reportedly the Golden State Warriors’ agreement with Rakuten. The three-year partnership with the Japanese e-commerce company extends beyond the uniforms, as GSW will be practicing at the renamed Rakuten Performance Center. For a look at all 30 new Nike uniforms (a few bonus new-look home courts), Paul Lukas gives a thorough, as always, tour for ESPN’s Uni Watch.

October 12, 2017

$500,000: cost of a 30-second commercial during Game 7 of the 2016 World Series between the Cleveland Indians and Chicago Cubs. Because World Series Games 5, 6, and 7 are played “if necessary,” ads are sold as the games are scheduled and the broadcast network can set the rate according to demand. The 2016 Game 7 price tag, reportedly the highest for a baseball game, was about 10% the rate for 30-second spots airing during Super Bowl LI on February 5, 2017.

October 5, 2017

0: The number of times Hall of Fame former San Diego Padre Tony Gwynn struck out more than 40 times in a season during his 20 year career. During the 2017 regular season, 370 MLB players struck out 40 or more times, led by Yankees' rookie Aaron Judge with 208 K's in 155 games. For reference, Gwynn struck out 434 times in his career (2440 games), for a 29 K per 162 game average.

September 28, 2017

3 of 12: The number of goalies drafted in the 1st round of the NHL Entry Draft since 2006 currently on NHL rosters. The Colorado Avalanche have two of the three, Jonathan Bernier (#11 overall) and Semyon Varlamov (#23), both drafter in 2006. Half of the last 12 drafts passed without a goalie taken in the first round, and no goalie was a top-10 pick. Only Jake Oettinger (2017, #26, Boston University) was drafted out of college; the other 11 goalies were playing elite junior or international hockey (KHL, MHL, OHL, QMJHL, USHL, WHL, Finland Jr.).

September 21, 2017

2.85%: The percentage of seats to this weekend’s NFL games* available on Vivid Seats (as of Thursday morning). There were 21,162 seats listed, of the 1,021,909 total seat capacity, on the NFL’s official resale partner. The tickets ranged in price from $17 for Rams at 49ers or Browns at Colts to $1450 for Steelers at Bears for individual seats. The Redskins (>4500) had the most seats available, and the Patriots (<850) had the fewest. (*This data does not include the Ravens at Jaguars, at Wembley Stadium on Sunday.)

September 14, 2017

85%: approximate entries versus capacity in both DraftKings’ and FanDuel’s largest DFS contests during the NFL Week 1 games. DraftKings’ $5.5M Millionaire Maker drew 273K entries, with room for about 50K more, while 560K players competed in FanDuel’s $4M Sunday Million contest and another 100K+ could have challenged them. Legal Sports Report offers more details inside last weekend's DFS activity.

September 7, 2017

38: Number of states where highest paid public employee is a college coach. 27 are head football coaches, led by Nick Saban of Alabama ($7+M/year), 11 are men’s basketball coaches. Since 24/7 Wall Street published the this report a year ago, one state has dropped off the list (Massachusetts, with the firing of men’s basketball coach Derek Kellogg), and several others have changed coaches without changing status, such as Louisiana, Texas, Indiana, Oklahoma and Oregon.

August 31, 2017

10: Number of sets it took Roger Federer to win his first two matches at the 2017 US Open. This marks the first time in his career that Federer went the distance in the first two rounds of any major tournament. Including this tournament, Federer has only completed six five-set matches in the opening two rounds of a major, losing once (1999, Wimbledon Round 1, to Jiri Novak).

August 24, 2017

183: The average number of player games lost due to injury to an NFL team during the 2016 regular season, costing $27.9M in salary alone. The Chargers (5-11) led the league with 355 player games lost, costing $51.5M (average salary, $2.33M), while the Eagles (7-9) were the healthiest team in the league, losing just 75 player games and $11.2M in salary (average salary, $2.39M).

August 17, 2017

$3 million: the estimated media value of ESPN’s College GameDay visit to James Madison University in 2015, to both JMU and their opponent, the Richmond Spiders. This was the last time an FCS school hosted the three-hour program, and according to UR’s research firm, the university benefitted from over 33 minutes of on-screen visual exposure and mentions in front of an audience of 66 million viewers.

August 10, 2017

235,500: Megawatts of renewable energy certificates (RECs) purchased by the NHL during the 2016-17 season, accounting for more than 100% of the League's energy consumption. NHL Green is committed to counterbalancing environmental impact through a variety of initiatives.

August 3, 2017

61,428: attendance at Soldier Field in Chicago for the sold-out MLS All-Stars vs Real Madrid match, setting a record for a soccer match at the venue. Real Madrid won 2-1 in a shoot-out, which MLS reported was viewed by the largest ever TV audience for an MLS All-Star game, 2.1 million viewers across the US and Canada.

July 27, 2017

25 million: aggregate calories burned by 2017 Tour de France champion Chris Froome and the other 197 cyclists during the 21 stages. In capturing his fourth yellow jersey, Froome burned an average of 5,000 calories a day on flat stages and as many as 7,000 calories during hilly stages according to Cycling Weekly in this in-depth accounting of the nutritional demands of the average competitor.

July 20, 2017

$1.04B US: The potential seat license revenue of the Rams’ and Chargers’ new NFL stadium, as projected by the Los Angeles Times. If the teams, set to move into the 70,000 seat Hollywood Park stadium in 2020, sell PSL’s, it will be the first time for a professional team in the LA market.

July 13, 2017

4.4, $400: number of buys and value (USD) in millions of the largest pay-per-view sporting event in history, the Mayweather, Jr. - Pacquiao bout on May 2, 2015. The views and revenue shattered the previous records (2.4M / $136M) from the 2007 Mayweather, Jr. - De La Hoya fight. 12 of the 14 highest grossing PPV events are either boxing or UFC events and an August 26 crossover bout between boxing champion Floyd Mayweather, Jr. and UFC champion Conor McGregor ($89.95 / $99.95 HD, same as the 2015 fight) could set new highs.

July 6, 2017

5: The number of countries represented by the top 10 athletes in the 2017 NHL Draft (Canada – 5, Sweden – 2, Finland, Switzerland, USA), and the 2017 MLS SuperDraft (USA – 5, Ghana – 2, Denmark, England, Germany). The 2017 NBA draft class had three countries represented among its top 10 (USA – 8, Finland, France), marking the first time in history Finnish athletes have been drafted in the top 10 in both the NHL and NBA.

June 30, 2017

128 million: total value in GBP (about $166M US) of Manchester United’s kit deal annually.  75M comes from the apparel manufacturer, Adidas, and 53M is from the sponsor, U.S. automaker Chevrolet.  The second richest deal in the EPL currently belongs to Chelsea, reportedly at 100M GPB ($129M US), with 60M attributed to Nike and 40M to logo sponsor Yokohama of Japan.  Over half of the premier league shirt sponsors are companies based outside of the UK, speaking to the global popularity of the EPL.

June 22, 2017

10.6 years: average length of the professional careers of the #1 overall NBA draft picks from 1947 – 2001. Two #1 picks played zero games: Clifton McNeely, the very first draft pick in 1947, had no desire to play professional basketball and became a high school coach, while the first pick in 1951 was banned from pro ball for point shaving. (The average career length across the NBA is closer to 6 years.)

June 9, 2017

15,000: limit in km an F1 team can test its car in a calendar year.  As the Formula 1 circuit heads to Montreal for the Canadian Grand Prix this weekend, check out the strict limits on number of test days, distance, and types of testing F1 implements to keep the fight fair regardless of the amount of funding a team has.

​Meanwhile, the GSW 16-0 watch marches on!

June 1, 2017

$251 million ($AUS): amount appropriated by the government for the Australian Sports Commission in the 2016-17 fiscal year, which includes the Australian Institute of Sport. Over 4,400 elite athletes have trained in more than 25 sports at the AIS since it opened in 1981 in Canberra.

May 25, 2017

52: The number of names the winning NHL organization is allowed to have engraved on the Stanley Cup. Currently there are more than 2,200 names on Lord Stanley’s Cup (including 12 women), which was originally awarded to the best amateur team in Canada in 1893.

May 18, 2017

0: number of new permanent venues required to be constructed for Los Angeles to host the 2024 Summer Olympics. With the addition of the new NFL stadium in Inglewood (due in 2019), this would be the first time in the modern games that the host city would be able to work with existing venues and temporary installations to host the games. The IOC will choose between LA and Paris in September.

May 11, 2017

$20 million: the highest revenue (gross) in minor league baseball in 2016 belongs to the Sacramento River Cats, who attribute over 50% of their total to ticket sales. According to Forbes, the River Cats are the most valuable franchise in MiLB ($49 MM), and their $5.6 MM pre-tax profit ranks second among the 160 teams.

May 4, 2017

13: the number of global markets where the NBA has offices. The NBA will broadcast this year’s Finals in more than 45 languages, check out in which cities on five continents NBA regional offices are connecting to the world of basketball.

April 27, 2017

493: players from USC drafted into the NFL since 1936, one more than the 492 Notre Dame has sent. Each school boasts five overall number one picks; USC hold the edge in Round 1 picks with 79 to ND’s 66. Tune in this week to see how the 2017 NFL draft impacts those tallies.

April 20, 2017

493: players from USC drafted into the NFL since 1936, one more than the 492 Notre Dame has sent. Each school boasts five overall number one picks; USC hold the edge in Round 1 picks with 79 to ND’s 66. Tune in this week to see how the 2017 NFL draft impacts those tallies.

April 20, 2017

The United States ranks second, behind India, in digital/streaming consumption of cricket (via ESPN Cricket Pass, Willow TV, etc). Cricket has the 2nd largest global fan base (to football/soccer), however Total Sportek recently ranked it as the 3rd most popular sport in the world using a more inclusive list of criteria

April 13, 2017

28,000+ represents the membership of the PGA of America, recognized as the largest sports organization in the world. Members of the PGA are expert golf professionals who teach the game, play competitively, and work across all sectors of the golf business.

April 6, 2017

2.65 miles – the average distance covered per game by the top 10 most “well-traveled” players during the 2015-16 NBA playoffs ( For perspective, per SportVu, global futbol players run an average of 7 miles, up to 9.5 miles for midfielders, in a game more than twice as long, on a field as much as 18 times the size of a basketball court.

March 31, 2017

370,000,000 – the total number of live eSports hours viewed during 2016 League of Legends World Championships. This 15 day competition hosted by Riot Games was just one tournament in one of ten eSports games which paid out more than $1 million in prize money in 2016.

March 24, 2017

61 – the single game record for points in an NCAA men’s basketball DI tournament game, set in the first round in 1970 by Austin Carr of Notre Dame. Since the ’70 tourney, the most points scored in a game is 50, by David Robinson of the US Naval Academy in 1987 in his final collegiate game.

March 17, 2017

40.1% - the projected CAGR for the global sports analytics market through 2022 according to Research and Markets. With investments into high-end services for a growing fan base, and continued widespread use of analytics in business operations, scouting, performance and injury analysis, and game strategy, the worldwide market is expected to grow to an aggregate $3.97 billion over the next five years.

March 10, 2017

731,740,000 viewers of 19 of the top 20 American primetime network telecasts of 2016 – which were all sports. Only the Academy Awards (no. 5) broke the stranglehold of 8 Summer Olympics, 7 NFL, 2 NBA, the CFP and game 7 of the World Series broadcast windows. (source: The Nielsen Company)

March 3, 2017

141,924,939 Combined 2015-16 regular season attendance of MLB, NBA, NHL, NFL, and MLS. Welcome to the ASAP, where someone can also tell you how many times those tickets changed hands, what those fans ate, which swag they bought, and how much they tweeted about it.