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  • FA CUP: crowds pip league attendances as tournament reaches business end

    By Brian Sears 21 February 2013 The FA Cup attracted crowds last weekend that were five per higher collectively than the clubs involved have been attracting to league matches this season. The fifth round of the Cup is the first time that this phenomenon has happened this season, and is indicative that the closer the […]

  • NFL remains world No1 in attendance as Patriots and Giants meet in Super Bowl

    * By Nick Harris SJA Internet Sports Writer of the Year 5 February 2012 The NFL has increased its already remarkable attendance levels in the current season to an average of 67,394 fans per match, Sportingintelligence can reveal. As our updated global attendances league table shows (also below), the new figure keeps the NFL comfortably in the […]

  • ANALYSIS: Super Bowl’s record TV audience follows optimistic NFL attendances

    By Nick Harris 8 February 2011 Super Bowl XLV on Sunday evening set an all-time TV viewing record in America as an average audience of 111m people watched the Green Bay Packers beat the Pittsburgh Steelers, beating the previous record (the 2010 Super Bowl, 106.5m) into second place. But that isn’t the only positive news […]

  • Canadiens back at top of attendance charts as NHL crowds dip by two per cent

    By Pete Wilson 20 April 2010 The NHL has followed the NFL in registering a season-on-season decline in crowds according to a sportingintelligence analysis of NHL attendances for the 2009-10 regular season. But just as the NFL’s drop in numbers was small given the severity of the recession (a one per cent drop), so the […]

  • Global attendances

    . Best attended domestic sports leagues in the world (By average attendance per game) . Most recent update: 5 JANUARY 2017 The NFL remains the best attended professional domestic sports league in the world at the end of the 2016-17 regular season, with almost 17.8m fans attending 256 games at an average of 69,487 per game. See […]

  • NFL maintains massive lead in attendance

    By Nick Harris 4 January 2010 UPDATE: See also the 2011 story here The end of the NFL’s 2009 regular season last night brought good news for the sport; even in the worst economic recession in memory, live attendance figures held up for most franchises throughout the season, with 17,282,225 seats sold for the 256 games, […]

  • Opportunity from uncertainty: inventing the future of football

    By Tim Walters 22 April 2020 In the midst of our global pandemic, the football world finds itself entangled in a vast and intricate Gordian knot of scheduling logjams, contractual obligations, and financial relationships from which there appears to be no clear way to proceed. Understandably, the rush is to get football and the football […]

  • Ronaldo’s Juventus leap to join Messi’s Barca on global pay podium

    By Nick Harris 23 December 2019 Lionel Messi’s  Barcelona have retained their status as the best paid team in all of global sport, measured by average basic pay in their first-team squad, according to Sportingintelligence’s Global Sports Salaries Survey (GSSS) for 2019, published today. Barca’s average pay is just over £9.8m, with Real Madrid in second place […]

  • Messi’s Barca break £10m-a-year barrier to hit No1 in global pay

    By Nick Harris 26 November 2018 La Liga giants Barcelona, home to Lionel Messi, are the best paid team in global sport and the first sports team in history to have average basic annual pay of more than £10m according to Sportingintelligence’s Global Sports Salaries Survey (GSSS) for 2018, published today. Download the GSSS 2018 This year’s […]

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