Visualization: Sports Trends in the US

Steve Fenn from Stat Hunting has put together another excellent sports visualization highlighting the regionality of Google searches for various sports.

Fenn’s full report is available on the Stat Hunting website. Fenn dives deep into various sports including soccer and hockey as well as how Hawaii trends higher in several niche sports. Below are Fenn’s findings on trends driven by popular NCAA sports:

In some other sports we start to see a bias toward hotbeds of that particular sport in NCAA competitions. Alabama leads tackle football in Trends, with many of the NCAA’s most storied football programs (and very few states that house NFL teams) scattered through the top 12. Basketball’s top 10 states contain only three NBA franchises, the Indiana Pacers, Charlotte Bobcats, and the Cleveland Cavaliers, and all three of those states have hugely popular college teams as well. The most striking example is Louisiana topping baseball scores. LSU baseball is legendary in the niche world of college baseball, having been to 16 College World Series with six championships in the last 28 years.

Use the drop down menu in the top left to select a sport to view. For more information, visit Stat Hunting.

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Join Us For Our Next #SBNight of Networking in New York on Sept 16

SBP NYCCome out and network with other sports business professionals that work or live in the New York area. All backgrounds are welcome, from those just starting out to industry veterans. Make sure to pass this along to any friends and colleagues that would also be interested in attending, and remember, there is one “rule” for these events – no resumes. This event is all about networking and making valuable connections, so bring plenty of business cards and good conversation, but please, no resumes.


Event Details:

  • Date: Tuesday, September 16, 2014
  • Time: 6:30-9:30 PM
  • Location: Downstairs at The Liberty NYC


#SNight is part of the #SBWeek series coordinated by TSBX and


NYC Sports Business Networking 2 5/26

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BitPay Strikes Deal With Georgia Tech

bitpayBitPay, the leader in business solutions for the bitcoin digital currency, today announced a partnership with the Georgia Tech, brokered by IMG College and funded with the new currency.

BitPay’s logo along with the bitcoin symbol will be on display in Bobby Dodd Stadium and the McCamish Pavilion through the 2014/2015 school year. The IMG team is facilitating introductions as BitPay sets up merchants to accept bitcoin.

“Pairing an innovative technology company pioneering a new digital currency with Georgia Tech is a great match,” said Kristen Rose, General Manager of Georgia Tech IMG Sports Marketing. “The use of bitcoin in the sports world is brand new, and we’re proud Georgia Tech is leading the trend through this partnership.”

The sponsorship was paid with bitcoin, the first peer-to-peer digital currency. Using bitcoin, it is possible to send money like an email without going through a bank or government. BitPay works with businesses to make it easy to accept bitcoin as a form of payment.

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The State of the Nation – Futbol in Canada

Today’s guest post was written by Darryn Renaud and Avish Sood. Darryn and Avish are the co-founders of The Sponsorship Space, an online resource dedicated to providing the most timely and accurate analysis of trends in the sponsorship industry. They are based in Toronto, Canada. 


TFC vs LFC 21-07-2012 Friendly Anthem

If you watched the World Cup in North America this year, you likely heard someone pose the question “Has soccer/Futbol FINALLY arrived in the USA?” With the recent rise of MLS in North America and the impressive US ratings for the 2014 World Cup final, (roughly the same amount of people watched the final USA game against Belgium as the Championship game) the answer to that question will be debated for years to come. But what about the USA’s neighbour to the north? Canada is a true melting pot of cultures, many of which immigrated from Futbol crazed countries, but could soccer ever take precedence over hockey, and does it need to in order to finally be considered a top tier sport?

Canadian’s in Brazil

According to FIFA organizers, Canada was the 11th best-represented nation in Brazil, and by far the best-represented nation not competing in the tournament, purchasing over 29,000 tickets. This comes as no surprise to many as 1 in 5 Canadians are born in other countries, many of which are soccer crazed nations. When walking down the streets of Little Italy in downtown Toronto, this mix of fans was very prevalent. No matter what teams were playing on a given day, you could be sure of two things – both nation’s flags would be proudly displayed, and the victor’s fans would be cruising the streets honking car horns and celebrating into the wee hours of the night. It was truly an electric atmosphere, the excitement brought smiles to the faces of everyone, ESPECIALLY the local business owners who received a steady stream of daytime customers throughout the month.

Canada in the World Cup

With 3 teams competing in the MLS, (Toronto, Vancouver, Montreal) hosting the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup, and preparations being made to bid for the 2026 World Cup, there is no doubt Canada is looking to grow and expand its soccer presence. The real question is, if Canada’s national team does make it to a World Cup, who will Canadians root for? Will their cultural background still be their priority, or will their Canadian pride take precedence? Even though the 110th world ranked Canadian National Team may be a long way from making the big stage, Canadians would likely be, well… Canadian – enjoy a frosty beverage, take it all in stride and be happy for whoever wins the match.

When looking at the Canadian National team’s World Cup record, it would be hard to argue with anyone that roots for their home nation and suggests that Canada “stick to hockey”.

-          1 World Cup appearance (1986)

-          0 World Cup Goals

-          0-3 World Cup Record


With 1 in 4 Canadian children aged 5-14 still engaging in soccer on a regular basis in an ever-declining youth sport participation era, it is safe to say the future of the sport is bright in the North. If Canada ever does make another World Cup, choosing which team to root for would be a great problem to have for the nation, although I am sure most of us would be happy if they manage to score a goal that year.

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