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Unique Viewers Reach 3 Million, with 114.4 Million Minutes of Video Streams
Most Social Telecast Ever, According to Monitoring Services
NEW YORK – Feb. 5, 2012 – The CBSSports.com, NFL.com and NFL Mobile from Verizon live stream of Super Bowl XLVII on Sunday set multiple viewership records for a single-game sporting event in the United States and also made history as the most social telecast ever, according to data provided by Omniture and third-party monitoring firms.
Online, the CBSSports.com live stream of the matchup between the San Francisco 49ers and the Baltimore Ravens attracted three million unique viewers to the Super Bowl XLVII video player, up 43 percent from Super Bowl XLVI. Viewers generated nearly 10 million live video streams, up more than 100 percent from last year, resulting in a record 114.4 million minutes streamed, which was up 46 percent over last year’s game.
Sunday also marked the largest recorded audience in CBSSports.com’s history, as viewers streamed the game live, watched Beyonce’s half-time performance (the first time a Super Bowl half-time performance has been streamed live online in the U.S.), viewed alternative camera angles, connected with friends and followers socially, and watched broadcast commercials again on-demand.
In addition to viewership numbers, Super Bowl XLVII smashed the record for the most-social event in the history of television, according to third-party research firms BlueFin, SocialGuide and Trendrr. Trendrr tracked more than 52.5 million social comments throughout the day, more than three times the numbers tracked for 2012’s Grammy Awards and Super Bowl XLVI, the previous top events.
“Our live stream of Super Bowl XLVII not only set online viewership and social-media records but set the standard for a second-screen sports experience,” said Jim Lanzone, president of CBS Interactive. “Our goal was to create an environment that would serve as the perfect complement to CBS Sports’ coverage of the game. We’re extremely proud of this historic experience.”
“This year’s record-setting engagement demonstrates that our fans are always looking for more ways to engage with NFL content,” said Hans Schroeder, NFL senior vice president of media strategy and development.
CBS Sports’ coverage of Super Bowl XLVII (Feb 3: 6:32-8:41 and 9:11-10:47 p.m. ET) was watched in all-or-part (at least six minutes) by a record 164.1 million viewers. Last night’s 164.1 million (persons 2+) is the highest number of viewers to ever watch all-or-part of the Super Bowl. The previous high was 2011’s 162.9 million for the Green Bay Packers-Pittsburgh Steelers game.
- Unique Viewers: 3 million
- Total Minutes Streamed: 114.4 million
- Live video streams: 10 million
- Engagement: 38 minutes per-viewer
CBSSports.com provides premium online and mobile content to the connected sports fan, including live and on-demand video, in-depth analysis, breaking news, and scores and statistics across all sports. CBSSports.com is part of CBS Interactive’s portfolio of multiplatform brands, which includes premier Fantasy offerings, high school sports leader MaxPreps, and the CBSSports.com College Network producing more than 150 official collegiate athletic sites.
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2013 NATIONAL FOOTBALL LEAGUE IMPORTANT DATES
– DATES SUBJECT TO CHANGE –
|February 9-10||—||Regional Combine, Orange Coast College-Lebard Stadium, Los Angeles, California|
|February 16||—||Regional Combine, Methodist Training Center (Texans), Houston, Texas|
|February 17||—||Regional Combine, Cleveland Browns Training Facility, Cleveland, Ohio|
|February 20-26||—||Combine Timing and Testing, Lucas Oil Stadium, Indianapolis, Indiana.
|March 2-3||—||Regional Combine, Atlantic Health Jets Training Facility, New York/New Jersey|
|March 9||—||Regional Combine, One Buccaneer Place, Tampa, Florida|
|March 10||—||Regional Combine, Halas Hall (Bears), Chicago, Illinois|
|March 9-11||—||Clubs are permitted to enter into contract negotiations with certified agents of players who will be Unrestricted Free Agents at the end of the current League Year.
|March 12||—||Prior to 4:00 p.m., New York time, clubs must exercise options for 2013 on all players who have option clauses in their 2012 contracts.|
|March 12||—||Prior to 4:00 p.m., New York time, clubs must submit Qualifying Offers to their Restricted Free Agents with expiring contracts and to whom they desire to retain a Right of First Refusal/Compensation.|
|March 12||—||Prior to 4:00 p.m., New York time, clubs must submit a minimum salary offer to retain exclusive negotiating rights to their players with expiring 2012 contracts and who have fewer than three seasons of free agency credit.|
|March 12||—||All 2012 player contracts will expire at 4:00 p.m., New York time.|
|March 12||—||Top-51 Begins. All clubs must be under the Salary Cap prior to 4:00 p.m., New York time.|
|March 12||—||The 2013 League Year and Free Agency period begin at 4:00 p.m., New York time.|
|March 12||—||Trading period begins at 4:00 p.m., New York time, for 2013 after expiration of all 2012 contracts.|
|March 16-17||—||Regional Combine, Atlanta Falcons Training Facility, Atlanta, Georgia|
|March 17-20||—||Annual League Meeting, The Biltmore, Phoenix, Arizona.|
|March 23-24||—||Regional Combine, Virginia Mason Athletic Center (Seahawks), Seattle, Washington|
|March 23-24||—||Regional Combine, Baltimore Ravens Training Facility, Baltimore, Maryland|
|April 7-8||—||Super Regional Combine, Cowboys Stadium, Dallas, Texas|
|April 25-27||—||NFL Draft, New York City, New York.|
|May 20-22||—||NFL Spring League Meeting, Hyatt-Harborside, Boston, Massachusetts.|
|September 5, 8-9||—||NFL Kickoff 2013|
|September 29||—||NFL International Series, London, Pittsburgh Steelers vs. Minnesota Vikings|
|October 27||—||NFL International Series, London, San Francisco 49ers vs. Jacksonville Jaguars|
Ok here’s something crazy. If the Bears, Vikings and Cowboys lose next week and the Giants win, Giants get the wildcard. And my question is, do I want them to be in after the way they played against the Ravens and Falcons. I knew these two games were going to be hard ones but it’s like they didn’t even try against the Falcons but they looked completely lost against both teams. As if they forgot how to play the game. No, wait, they didn’t even show up. And what aggravated me more is how the players and fans were continuing with this bullshit about last season and how it happened then so it’s gonna happen again. Yeah… I wasn’t even pissed or upset, I was disappointed with the lack of defense, lack of offense and lack of trying. There was no motivation, no drive, no emotion. And now that there’s a small chance for them to be in, it’s like what is the point? Lets just put everyone including the players out of their misery and start over next season. There was too much talk, too much cocky attitudes and too much of the past talk. We live in the present. It’s a new season, forget what you did last season, it’s about right now, today, what can you do today? How are you going to play? Do you want it more than other teams? Do you think you have what it takes to win another championship? If you think so, then play like it. Show everyone that you are better than what is being showed. Injuries? Who the fuck cares!!!! That’s not an excuse! Players need to step up! I said this about the Jets and I’m saying it about the Giants. Seriously! And Eli is looking like the old QB. He’s not looking like that Champion QB we remember from 2011 season. And he should be looking better.
I was disgusted with the lack of play I saw today. And the thousand and one flags didn’t help their situation at all. While I won’t compare the way the Giants were playing to the Jets or Eagles but it was close to it. And now if things go their way, do they honestly deserve to be in the playoffs? Would they even be able to get passed the Wildcard with the way they have showed up against good teams? I don’t really think so. Maybe if they get heads out of their asses and focus on the game at hand and keep thinking, it’s all or nothing, then maybe, just maybe there’s a chance. But I don’t believe it and I don’t think I’m gonna regret saying what I’m saying cause I haven’t seen much of anything from them. They haven’t been consistent this whole season. The good games they have had, Cruz, Bradshaw, Wilson have been amazing. Eli has been amazing! Defense has been awesome. And then you see nothing out of them in the next game. They literally fell of the face of the earth in November and that’s when we got the whole “We had a slump last year around this time and look at where we ended up! Well be fine.” Not quoting anyone but that’s pretty much sums it up. And the last two games have been absolutely disgusting. It was watching a train wreck and believing deep down they will come back and never did.
I’m a huge Giants fan and I love my team and wouldn’t care if they didn’t make it or if they sucked but if you tried, I’d be OK with this. But the lack of that has made me a very disappointed fan. Hopefully next season well see something better.
What makes a Quarterback “Elite”? Ask Eli Manning and Giants fans they will tell you that 2 Super Bowl Wins and MVP Awards do it, ask fans of other teams they’ll give you another answer. In judging and naming who is “Elite” it really is up to what you treasure and value in a QB and it’s all opinions.
Well here is my opinion and definition of “What makes an “Elite” QB. To me there can only be one “Elite” QB, the creme de la creme, the best and right now in the NFL that player wears # 12. No, not Aaron Rodgers, it’s Tom Brady.
Why is it Tom Brady, 3 Super Bowl wins, 5 trips to the big game, 6 AFC Championship Games (5 wins), 10 Division Championships (most in NFL History). Stats alone are not what gives Brady the edge in my opinion, they don’t hurt his case but the teams that Brady has played on are what put him in this position. The New England Patriots team first attitude and Bill Belichick’s mantra of “Do Your Job” and ” next man stops up” has always kept New England in the playoff hunt and perennial Super Bowl hopes. When you look at the weapons around Brady short of Randy Moss and now Rob Gronkowski, Brady has never had a Hall of Fame cast of weapons around him. He has the ability to make players better, from Troy Brown to Danny Woodhead. It’s hard to imagine where the Patriots would be today without the scrawny 6th round pick that was waiting in the wings after Drew Bledsoe’s Patriot career ending injury in Week 2 of the 2001 season. An even stronger case for Brady is made in Sean Glennon’s book, “Tom Brady vs. The NFL”.
Aaron Rodgers, Green Bay Packers
Drew Brees, New Orleans Saints
Eli Manning, New York Giants
Peyton Manning, Denver Broncos
Matt Ryan, Atlanta Falcons
Matt Schaub, Houston Texans
Ben Roethlisberger*, Pittsburgh Steelers
Very Good QB’s
Jay Cutler, Chicago Bears
Andy Dalton, Cincinatti Bengals
Joe Flacco, Baltimore Ravens
Matthew Stafford, Detroit Lions
Tony Romo, Dallas Cowboys
Phillip Rivers, San Diego Chargers
Good QB’s and too early to fully tell
Josh Freeman, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Robert Griffin III, Washington Redskins
Andrew Luck, Indianapolis Colts
Christian Ponder, Minnesota Vikings
Russell Wilson, Seattle Seahawks
Alex Smith*, San Francisco 49ers
Michael Vick*, Philadelphia Eagles
Carson Palmer, Oakland Raiders
Cam Newton, Carolina Panthers
Ryan Tannehill, Miami Dolphins
Chad Henne, Jacksonville Jaguars
Runaway, Runaway if you want to survive it’s time to break free
Mark Sanchez, New York Jets
Brandon Weeden, Cleveland Browns
Ryan Fitzpatrick, Buffalo Bills
Sam Bradford, St. Louis Rams
Jake Locker, Tennessee Titans
Brady Quinn, Kansas City Chiefs
John Skelton, Arizona Cardinals
Remember rating QB’s in the NFL is opinion based and these are my opinions. What’s your list
*Currently Injured and not starting
CLINCHED: Houston – AFC South
NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS
New England clinches AFC East division with:
1) NE win OR
2) NE tie + NYJ loss or tie OR
3) NYJ loss
New England clinches a playoff spot with:
1) NE tie OR
2) CIN loss or tie + OAK loss or tie + TEN loss or tie
Baltimore clinches a playoff spot with:
1) BAL win or tie OR
2) NYJ loss + OAK loss or tie OR
3) NYJ loss + TEN loss or tie OR
4) OAK loss or tie + TEN loss or tie
Pittsburgh clinches a playoff spot with:
1) PIT win or tie OR
2) OAK loss or tie OR
3) TEN loss or tie OR
4) DEN loss OR
5) NYJ loss
CLINCHED: Green Bay – NFC North and first-round bye
San Francisco – NFC West
New Orleans – playoff spot
GREEN BAY PACKERS
Green Bay clinches home-field advantage throughout NFC playoffs with:
1) GB win or tie OR
2) SF loss or tie
NEW ORLEANS SAINTS
New Orleans clinches NFC South division with:
1) NO win + ATL loss or tie OR
2) NO tie + ATL loss
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After a Week1 where anything that could go wrong did Chris Wassel leads the NFL picks over Brew by 1 game. Submitted for your approval are our Week 2 picks.
Throughout the 2011 NFL Season, George Brew and Chris Wassel will share there football knowledge with you with their weekly game picks.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
90 Fans to Receive Autographed Jersey From Coaches and Players
in Each Stadium During Preseason Game
All 32 NFL teams will thank their fans for their continued support with a special preseason Fan Appreciation Program, it was announced today.
Each club will select 90 fans to receive an autographed jersey from coaches, players and team owners during one of its preseason games.
Some clubs will select 90 fans to run through the tunnel and on to the field just after the players take the field. The fans will run through the tunnel flanked by players, coaches and club owners. The fans will then be presented autographed jerseys by the players, coaches and club owners.
Other clubs will present their selected fans during a special pregame ceremony. The Green Bay Packers, who kick off the regular season Thursday, Sept. 8, presented 90 fans with the jerseys Saturday during a special practice and scrimmage at Lambeau Field.
“We have the greatest fans in the world,” said NFL Commissioner ROGER GOODELL. “This is an opportunity to recognize the millions of fans for their dedication and passion for the NFL, its teams and players throughout the year.”
The NFL worked with Reebok to create special team jerseys with the player numbers but with nameplate left blank. The players, coaches and club owners will personalize in that space a message to the designated fan.
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With the Pro Football Hall of Fame Induction this weekend, we take time to reflect on the people who have been the most influential to the history of the sport of Football and the reason why football is the most popular game in the United States. We posed this question on Twitter to a good handful of people in the business and as well as our Twitter followers.
Here are the responses we have received as well as who my list includes.
George Brew Jim Hague Joel Gamble
1.Pete Rozelle 1. Pete Rozelle 1. Jim Brown
2. Ed Sabol 2. George Halas 2. Johnny Unitas
3. Vince Lombardi 3. Welington Mara 3. John Mackey
4. Lawrence Taylor 4. Vince Lombardi 4. Peyton Manning
5. Bill Belichick 5. Al Davis 5. Deion Sanders
@NYYEric Damon Amendolara
1. Jerry Rice 1. Paul Brown
2. John Elway 2. Pete Rozelle
3. Joe Montana 3. Lamar Hunt
4. Walter Payton 4. Jim Brown
5. Fran Tarkenton 5. Ed Sabol
This list will be changing as more response come in keep checking back!