The Flyers are a Top-5 Most Popular Hockey Team, Have the Cheapest Tickets

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Using data, because that’s what he does, Nate Silver tried to break down the size of hockey fanbases. And he used the simplest of sources. “It turns out that there’s a strong relationship between Google searches and an NHL team’s bottom line,” Silver wrote. “How often fans are Googling the term “NHL” in a metro area reliably predicts how much they’re spending on hockey tickets.” As you can see in the chart above, Silver ranks the Flyers as having the 5th largest fanbase in the NHL, and they have the 4th highest average attendance. Yet, they’re the only team with a top-10 popularity rating whose fans didn’t spend over $100 million on tickets this year. Why? Because they were cheap.

To figure out average price, Silver “estimated [the cost] based on a 50/50 blend of face-value and resale-market prices.” That resale market could be why the Flyers’ tickets averaged $101, a whole $37 per-ticket behind the next cheapest in the top-10 (Pittsburgh). The Flyers may have had a (very) disappointing year, but a large fanbase, relatively cheap tickets, and a consistently packed house are things you can still hold over everyone’s heads. Except Toronto, but that’s unfair.

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The Covert War on the Comcast Center Continues

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This is my favorite thing in Philly right now (which says a lot about our local sports teams)– 6 ABC’s covert war on the Comcast Center.

As you might recall, last year we showed you the differing treatments given to the mega overlord’s home by NBC 10 and 6 ABC. The tower, in NBC’s rendering, appeared as a shining beacon of light, keeping watch over the dark, dingy city of Philadelphia:

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In 6 ABC’s rendering, it appears as though someone at Comcast-NBC forgot to pay the utility bill (irony):

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Now we see David Murphy’s chilly(!) weather forecast and note that, yep, the Comcast Center is missing. Here’s where it would be:

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It’s been a rough week for the Empire. On Tuesday, we learned that their building was curiously absent from the skyline portrayed on Eagles draft hats. Yesterday, news broke that Comcast’s merger with Time Warner was just about to be called off (official today). And now this– Comcast can’t even get its giant tower included in a cheap rendering of a completely empty ballpark.

Other things wrong with the image:

1) There are too many people.

2) I don’t know what the fans in left field are on, or what the giants inhabiting the power alley did with them, but quite frankly, I’m frightened… and also wondering whether any of those guys can bat cleanup.

H/T to (@Derek_A_Smith) and (@johnnyrockets27

Skyline image credit: Remi4979, Geolocation.com

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Mariota Trade Could Happen After He’s Picked or Right Now or Never

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Next Thursday will finally be the end of all of the Marcus Mariota to the Eagles speculation, so then we can move on to other topics. Or not. Also there are no other topics.

According to Jason La Canfora at CBS Sports, Mariota could be picked at number two by the Tennessee Titans, and still end up as an Eagle:

The Tennessee Titans will be open to exploring any deal that makes sense for them. The Eagles, Browns, Chargers and possibly Rams will all have at least some degree of interest, and there is ample potential for a swap to occur before the Titans make their selection …

It could just as well occur sometime after, whether it sometime later during the first round of the draft next Thursday, or even perhaps days or weeks after [Ed. note: Weeeeeeeks]. Surely, a few wrinkles could get a bit more tricky in the aftermath of the Titans using the pick, though even then a corresponding transaction would be hardly impossible.

As Bleeding Green Nation points out, the “picking a player first and then trading him” is more of an NBA-style move than NFL, “but if there was ever a time for an unconventional trade to be made, it wouldn’t be surprising to see Chip Kelly involved in it.” So basically it comes down to this: The Eagles could make the trade for the number two pick tomorrow. Or on draft night. Or they could trade for Mariota after he’s picked. Or weeks later. Or after his second season. Or never. This will never end.

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Evan Turner Got Completely Stuffed by LeBron James Last Night

Meep meep.

via The Big Lead

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YA BOI D-JAC GETTIN DAT RE ALTITY SHO ON THA BET

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Not these women

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DESEAN JACKSON: HOME TEAM — Washington Redskins wide receiver DeSean Jackson is at the top of his game as one of the most talked about and watched players in the NFL today. That means eyes are always on him— waiting for him to score touchdowns and waiting for him to drop the ball off the field. Even though he has the money and the fame, DeSean’s life is actually run by a core group of women including his “momager” Gayle, his sister and assistant A’Dreea, his publicist Denise and his new girlfriend, Kayla. Produced by Rogue Atlas Productions in association with Lionsgate Television. Eli Frankel, Ryan Holcomb, Elise Duran, Desean Jackson and Byron Jackson serve as executive producers. Jay Fragus and Lawrence Bell serve as co-executive producers.

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via The Washington Post

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Jonathan Papelbon Wants Out “If” Phillies Continue to Lose

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Hahahahahahahahahahah. “If.”

Jonathan “not a Phillie” Papelbon told Jim Salisbury that he will be disappointed if the Phillies fail to trade him this year and if they “continue to lose.” It’s the world’s smallest “if.” Papelbon continued to Salisbury:

“If we can rebuild this situation and make it right, and we can get some wins underneath our belt and Ryne Sandberg can get us going, that’s a whole different story. To me, that’s a better part of the story because now I’ve been a part of this remodeling. I’ve been a part of getting this bullpen correct. I’ve been a part of something that’s becoming a winning tradition and going back to the way it was before I got here. To me, there’s no better reward than that.”

Sure Paps. There is no better reward than turning the team around and getting them back on the road to glory. You got three or four years to spare?

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Scott O’Neil Uses CEO Speak to Oversell Nerlens’ One DPOY Vote

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You know, technically he’s not wrong. He’s just missing some words in that sentence. “Nerlens Noel finished 3rd in voting for Defensive Player of the Year on the ballot of Jason Jackson of Sun Sports.” So technically, Noel did finish third “in vote,” but not “in voting.” The overall results looked like this:

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While we commend Noel for an impressive season, it looks like O’Neil put on his CEO hat and spun “one DPOY vote” into that not wrong, but also not totally right Tweet. That hashtag game is on point though. #spinmaster

Kyle: Kind of impressed by this. Not gonna lie. That sort of PR chicanery doesn’t grow off trees… except maybe the ones in the arboretum at Villanova.

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The Phillies Demolished the (Lowest) CBP Attendance Record

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Congratulations to the hapless Phillies, who today announced an attendance of 17,097, the lowest in CBP history. That demolishes the dubious record of 19,047 they set, like, two weeks ago, and it’s the smallest crowd they’ve had since June 4, 2003, when they drew 16,232 at Veterans Stadium.

The Phillies and Marlins thank you!

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