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  • Button surges to pole in diplomacy stakes at new-look McLaren

    4 January 2010 Jenson Button and Lewis Hamilton have been giving their views on the upcoming season at the Vodafone McLaren Mercedes website. Hamilton did much to revive interest in F1 in the UK a couple of years ago, then Button stole the headlines along with the title in 2009, and with Shumacher back for […]

  • American gridiron fans keep faith through the downturn

    By Nick Harris 4 January 2010 New figures collated by sportingintelligence.com following last night’s conclusion to the NFL’s 2009 regular season show that the world’s best-attended domestic sports league (by average crowd) has registered only a slight dip in numbers. The average number of people at the 256 regular season games was 67,509, or just […]

  • 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, […]

  • Chelsea’s debt write-off raises doubts over future

    By Nick Harris 30 December 2009 Chelsea continue to lose money at a greater rate than any other football club in England, with today’s financial figures showing a £44.4m loss for the year 2008-09. That news was made worse by a reduction in income over the period, down year-on-year from £213.1m to £206.4m, at a […]

  • Tiger tales thrive in an information vacuum

    30 December 2009 Furman Bisher is a retired sports columnists, former Sports Illustrated journalist and veteran golf writer, and this blog posting from him about Tiger Woods has caused a right old rumpus. Tiger’s agent Mark Steinberg says the content of the Bisher blog is inaccurate; it is not a million miles from the core […]

  • Ponting on the cusp on becoming Australia’s winning-most captain in history

    27 December 2009 If Ricky Ponting’s Australia can beat Pakistan in the first Test, it will make him the most successful captain in the history of cricket’s most successful nation, something pondered by Malcolm Conn in the Australian today (28 December), and by Greg Baum in The Age before the Test started. Mention of Ponting […]

  • Honour for dog-fight villian Vick polarises NFL opinion

    25 December 2009 Michael Vick is a 29-year-old quarterback with the Philadelphia Eagles but is better known to non-followers of the NFL as someone who was sent to prison for 23 months in 2007 for his key role in a dog-fighting ring. The Ed Block Courage Award is given each year to 32 NFL players, […]

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