Which MLB Teams Overperform in Popularity

Facebook maps of sports fandom, such as the one Facebook just published about Major League Baseball, are one of my favorite things:But as Will Oremus of Slate notes, this approach conceals important information. Facebook’s map, which identifies the team with the most “likes” in each U.S. county, might give you the idea that the Texas Rangers, Colorado Rockies and Minnesota Twins are exceptionally popular. Indeed, they are reasonably well-liked over a broad geographical area. But most of the counties in their territories are rural and have low populations. The problem is analogous to looking at maps of presidential election results by county, which might convey the impression that Mitt Romney won the 2012 election when he did not.Another way to evaluate a baseball team’s popularity is to look at data from Google Trends.Google Trends recently unveiled a beta feature in which it aggregates search terms into topics. For example, searches for “St. Louis Cardinals,” “Saint Louis Cardinals,” “cardinals baseball” and so forth, are grouped under the same topic heading. (The feature can also theoretically avoid false positives; for example, searches for “Texas Ranger” that were seeking information on the defunct television show will not be confused with those for the baseball team.) In most cases, this functionality seems to be quite smart; the topic “Miami Marlins” seems to pick up searches for “Florida Marlins” as well, as the team was known prior to 2012.The chart below lists the number of Google searches for the topic associated with each MLB team. The figures listed are relative to the league average. (The Atlanta Braves’ popularity, for example, is listed as 1.14, which means that they are searched for 1.14 times as often as the average MLB club.) They reflect Google searches worldwide since 2004, except in the case of the Washington Nationals, where I’ve run the numbers from April 2005 forward, because the team played in Montreal before that time.By Google searches, the Rangers have only about average popularity, while the Twins and the Rockies are below average. Conversely, the New York Mets, who didn’t win a single county in the Facebook map, are the sixth-most searched for team worldwide.The most striking feature of the Google data, however, is the dominance of the New York Yankees and Boston Red Sox. They are searched for 3.8 and 3.7 times, respectively, more often than the league average, and more than 10 times as often as the least popular teams.The Yankees, of course, have a large population to draw from: There are roughly 20 million people in the New York metro area. How does each team’s Google search popularity compare to the size of its television market?We make that comparison in the table below. I’ve listed each team’s popularity on Google, the relative size of its TV market (markets with two teams are divided evenly between them), and then taken the ratio between the two. The Yankees rank third even by this standard. But the Red Sox are a clear No. 1 and are about three times as popular as you’d guess from the size of the Boston media market. The Cardinals, Cubs, Giants, Pirates and Reds also over-perform relative to their market size.Red Sox haters might complain that the team’s market is much bigger than Boston alone: They are also the “local” team in the rest of New England (except for western Connecticut).But extent to which a team’s popularity expands may have a lot to do with how well the team is run — and how often it wins. The Toronto Blue Jays theoretically have a whole country to themselves — but they are unpopular relative to the size of the Toronto market itself, let alone as compared to the population of Canada. The correlation between a team’s Google search popularity and its number of post-season appearances since 2004 is .62, a fair amount higher than that between its popularity and its market size (.38).Performing worst relative to its population are the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim. I’m somewhat suspicious of this datapoint, however. There are so many variations on the team’s name (“LA Angels,” “Anaheim Angels,” “That Team With Mike Trout and 24 Other People”) that Google Trends might not be picking up on all the ways to search for them, even with its new-and-improved algorithms. read more

QA Jim Spanfeller Wants Entwined Consumers

first_imgSpanfeller: For The Daily Meal, Pinterest is the clear winner. Less so for The Active Times.min: How important is video to your content mix?Spanfeller: Very! We feature video on just about every page of our sites. We are now creating 3 to 5 original video segments a day for The Daily Meal. We see this as moving towards a fully “entwined” content offering. By entwined I mean consumer control on steroids. So consumer control is classically defined at what you want, when you want it. Entwined takes that a step further and suggests what you want (topic), when and where you want it (time and place shifting); and how you want it (text, video, data, community and so forth).______________________________________________________________________________________________________________Jim will be joined by Forbes SVP of Digital Advertising Mark Howard and Thrillist’s President of Sales Todd Anderman for the Baker’s Dozen session at min day. Learn more about the conference, or register now. *Editor’s Note: This story originally appears on FOLIO: sister site minonline.com.Jim Spanfeller, CEO of Spanfeller Media, which runs The Daily Meal and The Active Times sites, was one of digital media’s earliest and most outspoken enthusiasts in the magazine world. As the longtime head of digital at Forbes, he led that magazine brand into leadership in the online financial news and analysis space. At the June 4 min day Digital Summit, Jim will be part of our end-of-day “Baker’s Dozen” lightning round of revenue tips and ideas from digital gurus. We asked Jim for a few insights from his new business.min: What share of all of your traffic is now coming from smart phones or tablets and how high do you expect it to go in terms of share?Spanfeller: These are two different questions. Tablets are not mobile; smartphones clearly are mobile. We see about 10 percent from tablets and around 5 percent from real mobile. For the tablet, publishers can look at it two ways—or maybe I should say 2 1/2 ways. Same experience as their core sit which, by the way, is what the tablet, or at least the iPad, was designed for—surfing the web. Or they can produce a tablet version of their sit, which to date has not proven all that profitable for most, though it does allow the end user to make use of the swiping functions of tablets. Or they can build specific apps around sub-sections of their sites, which is what we have done so far with our Best Dishes app. These tend to be very closely aligned with the Smart Phone apps that have been built. Often times, as in our case, they are the same.min: Which social network is most important in driving traffic and engagement for your site?last_img read more

DRG Records Founder Broadway Musicals Album Producer Hugh Fordin Dies At 83

first_img Email Facebook DRG Records Founder Hugh Fordin Dies At 83 drg-records-founder-broadway-musicals-album-producer-hugh-fordin-dies-83 News Twitter This Producers-producer’s engineer since 1985, Cynthia Daniels shared in Fordin’s GRAMMY win. “No other record company or producer filled this particular space for the recorded version of these timeless songs,” she told The New York Times. Fordin was also the author of two books, about the musicals of MGM as well as a biography of lyricist Oscar Hammerstein II. Daniels also recalled times in the studio with Fordin when “I would inevitably hear chuckling and then everyone in the room break into laughter.”Broadway Has Highest Grossing Year In 2018, Thanks To ‘Harry Potter And The Cursed Child’ & MoreRead more Fordin helped build the recorded legacy that preserves sensational Broadway stage performancesPhilip MerrillGRAMMYs Mar 7, 2019 – 12:02 pm Record producer and label executive Hugh Fordin died of cardiac arrest at 83 at his home in New Jersey on Feb. 26. In addition to his own Best Musical Show Album win at the 44th GRAMMY Awards for The Producers, the label he founded in 1976, DRG Records released distinguished albums that brought GRAMMY wins to legends including Gerry Mulligan and Patti Page.Hailing Fordin as an “exceptional” and “versatile” producer, Recording Academy President/CEO Neil Portnow noted that “he achieved success as both a producer and label executive. He will be deeply missed, but remembered for crafting dynamic records for the theater community.” Fordin’s other GRAMMY-nominated cast albums include Flower Drum Song, Guys And Dolls, Kiss Me Kate, The Music Man, and Wonderful Town. https://twitter.com/annhcallaway/status/1101909969350348801 DRG Records Founder & Broadway Musicals Album Producer Hugh Fordin Dies At 83 last_img read more

Home Depot warns on dollar

first_imgHome Depot warns on dollar529 viewsHome Depot warns on dollar529 views00:00 / 00:00- 00:00:0000:00Home Depot warns on dollar529 viewsBusinessAmericans are spending more money fixing up their homes, and that’s jacking up sales at Home Depot. Same-store sales in the U.S. rose nearly 9 percent in the latest quarter. And profit rose sharplyVentuno Web Player 4.50Americans are spending more money fixing up their homes, and that’s jacking up sales at Home Depot. Same-store sales in the U.S. rose nearly 9 percent in the latest quarter. And profit rose sharplylast_img read more

Mother kills self son jumping before train

first_imgTrain accidentA woman with her two-year-old son in her arms reportedly committed suicide by jumping in front of a running train in Gatepara area of Mirpur upazila in Kushtia on Friday afternoon, reports UNB.The deceased could not be identified yet.Afzal Hossain, officer-in-charge of Poradah government railway police station, said the young woman, aged around 35, along with her son jumped before the Khulna-bound ‘Kapotaksha Express’ around 5:30pm, leaving them dead on the spot.last_img read more

Public trust on EC on the wane Shujan

first_imgCivil society platform Shushashoner Jonno Nagorik (Shujan) president Hafiz Uddin Khan addresses a press conference at the National Press Club on Wednesday. Photo: UNBMore than 52 per cent of the total 548 candidates, who are vying for mayor and ward councillor posts in the upcoming polls to three city corporations, are businessmen by profession, reports UNB.While addressing a press conference at the National Press Club organised to share the affidavits of candidates contesting in the upcoming city polls, civil society platform Shushashoner Jonno Nagorik (Shujan) said this on Wednesday.Presenting a report, Shujan representative Dilip Kumar Sarkar also said at least 43 per cent of the candidates taking part in the three elections have educational background below the secondary level.Elections to three city corporations in Sylhet, Barishal and Rajshahi are billed for 30 July.Dilip also presented the information of the candidates’ income status, picture of their assets, number of cases against them, their loan status and description and assessment of financial status of all mayoral candidates in the press conference.Local government expert Tofayel Ahmed said the EC did not properly check the information provided by the candidates in their affidavits and he urged that the EC must verify the information appropriately.Shujan said the election commission (EC) has lost the credibility, which was earlier gained through successful holding of polls in Narayanganj, Cumilla and Rangpur cities.The civil rights body said EC could not take any clear step to prevent several incidents of electoral code of conduct violations already taken place centring the upcoming city polls.That’s why, Shujan observed, public trust on EC is eroding.Mentioning the incidents of bomb blast in Rajshahi, filing of cases against the activists of BNP mayoral candidate in Sylhet and arrests of several persons, Shujan said these incidents are making people worried and concerned about the fairness of the election.Dilip Kumar Sarkar said, “Before the national parliament election these city polls are the biggest ones organised by the EC and if the EC fails to arrange elections in a free and fair way, it will give a negative impression about EC among the public.”Presiding over the programme, Shujan president Hafiz Uddin Khan alleged, “EC failed to ensure a level playing field for the each contesting candidates in these cities, which makes us concerned about the fairness of the elections.”last_img read more

Metro Shutdown Divides DC Maryland Residents

first_imgThe 29-hour shuttering of the Metrorail system on March 16 and March 17 created no shortage anxiety among some of its passengers who were forced to make other travel plans.A sign at the Rosslyn, Va., Metro station notifies riders that the system is closed for emergency inspection Wednesday, March 16, 2016. An unprecedented safety shutdown of the Metro subway system inconvenienced hundreds of thousands of people in and around the nation’s capital on Wednesday. Federal workers telecommuted or took the day off, children missed school and countless others woke up early to take bus after bus, hail pricey taxis or slog through traffic. (AP Photo/Jessica Gresko)At the Addison Road-Seat Pleasant Metro Station on the Blue and Silver Lines on March 15, people chatted at the bus stations about the Washington Metropolitan Transit Authority’s system-wide shutdown of its subway system, Metrorail.“This is very frustrating,” said Rose Field, a D.C. government employee. “I just started a new job two weeks ago and I have already been late because of Metrorail. My employer doesn’t want to hear that I am late to work because of Metro.”Fields said she would have to resort to alternative arrangements.“Unfortunately I will have to drive to work,” she said. “I will have to get gas to drive into downtown D.C. and pay $30 to park downtown.”While Metro stations offered free parking on March 16 for those traveling by bus, that didn’t help Fields, who said that catching the series of buses needed to get to downtown Washington “wasn’t worth the time.”Christina Horton said the March 16 shutdown was “a real inconvenience.”“I think the decision to close the Metro train system was horrible,” Horton said. “I will have to travel to Reagan National Airport to get to work and in order to do that, I have to take five buses from here. That means to catch my bus I will have to leave two hours earlier than usual.”Robert and Sylvia Currie might have taken the shutdown with a grain of salt.  As private-industry employees, the couple had agreed to telecommute as soon as the announcement of the shutdown was made March 15. Their anxiety, however, reached a feverish pitch when they realized their five children would still have to attend school.The White House is visible as morning traffic builds along 16th Street Northwest, in Washington, Wednesday, March 16, 2016. The Metro subway system that serves the nation’s capital and its Virginia and Maryland suburbs shut down for a full-day for an emergency safety inspection of its third-rail power cables. Making for unusual commute, as the lack of service is forcing some people on the roads, while others are staying home or teleworking. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)Residents of Ward 7, the Curries said the maneuvering of children between three different public schools, as well as the University of the District of Columbia, became too cumbersome; they abandoned their attempt in mid-travel.“The unfortunate thing about this is that we could have made better arrangements for the children, but Metrorail does not extend into every neighborhood—nor do the buses,” said Robert Currie. “But when the entire world seemed like it was trying to get into the city, even side streets and shortcuts became backed up. Once the alleyways off of East Capital became full, we had to give up.”The Curries were among thousands of District residents whose daily commute requires using the subway or walking through what can be potentially hazardous areas, including new developments built in Ward 8 along the Suitland Parkway.Donya Eckles and her children normally take the Metro to the Anacostia station, after which two members of the family journey up Martin Luther King Jr. Avenue and two others connect to service near the Navy Yard station.  From the onset of the shutdown, however, Eckles said she feared other methods of travel would not end well for the kids. “I can laugh about it now, but it was just too hectic with so many people on the roads and when buses did come, they were packed in like sardines. These are small kids and it is just not a good idea to have them out in crowds of frustrated people trying to get to work,” Eckles said.  “My youngest, Tennille, became agitated and needed her asthma inhaler and I knew it was not worth the effort.”A rider enters a Metro train in the Gallery Place-Chinatown Metro station Tuesday, March 15, 2016 in Washington. The head of the rail system that serves the nation’s capital and its Virginia and Maryland suburbs says the system will shut down for a full day after a fire near one of the system’s tunnels. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)Riders take more than 700,000 trips on Metro trains every day as a convenient way to get downtown from Maryland, Virginia and the city’s outer neighborhoods. However, the mid-week shutdown has caused many to re-evaluate their commutes and plan alternatives should the system need to be shut down once again for additional repairs.“We had to get into the city from Arlington which made us leave around 2 a.m.,” said Rolmud Asad, a Subway sandwich shop owner. “We knew enough to have at least two people find lodging around the corner at a hotel so we could still open on time, but those two had to do all of the work until the rest came. Some stores did not fare so lucky and had to close for the day.  All around, that is just bad business for the city.”  However, Marlon Ferrell, a resident of Seat Pleasant, Md., said he was comfortable with the decision to shut down the train system.“I will take the bus to work if I have to,” Ferrell said. “If that doesn’t work out, I will stay home.”On March 16, the entrance of the Capitol Heights Station was closed, with a black and gold metal gate in front of it. While the trains were not running, Metro personnel wouldn’t allow people to go into the station even to put more money on their fare cards.Later that day, Metro General Manager and CEO Paul Wiedefeld and D.C. Council member Jack Evans (D-Ward 2) announced that the Metro would resume full service on March 17. The issues regarding approximately 600 of the system’s third-rail power cables had apparently been resolved.Wiedefeld’s decision to shut down Metrorail has been criticized primarily because of a lack of notice. Despite the critics, Wiedefeld stands by his decision.“When I say safety is our highest priority, I mean it,” he said. “That sometimes means making tough, unpopular decisions, and this is one of those times. I fully recognize the hardship this will cause.”U.S. Sen. Barbara Mikulski (D-Md.) called for an oversight meeting between her senatorial colleagues from the Washington region, Wiedefeld and other leaders responsible for Metro safety in April. Mikulski has been a strong supporter of Metro on Capitol Hill, though she has been known to criticize its shortcomings, particularly relating to its culture of safety.“The action to shutdown down the Metrorail system was dramatic, drastic and disruptive, but necessary to ensure safety is finally being taken seriously at Metro,” she said.last_img read more

Disorder helps to hyperfocus waves in time reversal acoustics

first_img Light may increase magnetic memory speeds 1000 times, decrease electricity consumption Explore further Citation: Disorder helps to ‘hyperfocus’ waves in time reversal acoustics (2006, March 24) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2006-03-disorder-hyperfocus-reversal-acoustics.html “This is the first time that a time reversal experiment has been performed through a phononic crystal, i.e. a perfectly ordered material,” said Tourin. “The comparison between a phononic crystal and a disordered medium shows that disorder plays a clear role in the so-called ‘hyperfocusing effect.’”The team of physicists also analyzed time-reversal properties for short-lived evanescent waves that occur at forbidden frequencies in the phononic crystal. The evanescent waves exhibited surprisingly good time compression, showing that – despite the absence of hyperfocusing – time reversal focusing is still possible in highly ordered media.Since conventional sound waves disperse when traveling through a medium, the possibility of focusing sound waves could have applications in several areas. In cryptography, for example, when sending a secret message, the sender could ensure that only one location would receive the message. Interceptors at other locations would only pick up noise due to unfocused waves. Other potential uses include antisubmarine warfare and underwater communications that benefit from targeted signaling.Citation: Tourin, A., Van Der Biest, F. and Fink, M. Time Reversal of Ultrasound through a Phononic Crystal. Physical Review Letters 96, 104301 (2006).By Lisa Zyga, Copyright 2006 PhysOrg.com For every burst of sound, there must exist a sound that bursts in reverse, according to the theory of time reversal acoustics. From their discoveries of some surprising characteristics of mediums and frequencies, scientists have gained insight into acoustic time reversal, which could impact applications such as sending confidential messages in cryptography. This sketch shows how a disordered medium can “hyperfocus” sound waves – something that an ordered medium cannot do. A disordered medium acts like an acoustic lens, its heterogeneities refracting sound waves by scattering and directing otherwise-lost wave frequencies (red arrows) toward the time reversal mirror (TRM). In an ordered medium, on the other hand, the wave frequencies are not scattered (blue arrows), and therefore only those already heading toward the TRM are received. Credit: A. Tourin, et al.center_img The team used a TRM that consisted of an array of 41 transducers, which recorded the original waves and then focused the waves back to the source. The transducers play the role of microphones and loudspeakers because they act as “reversible” devices.“The term ‘time reversal’ tells you that the signal captured by the TRM and stored in electronic memories is read in the reverse order before being sent back,” Tourin told PhysOrg.com.Although the 41 transducers try to capture as many of the original waves within a phononic (vibrating) crystal as possible, several frequencies slip through the cracks, which reduces spatial focusing for the return waves. Sometimes, frequencies that would normally not pass through the TRM can be directed toward the mirror by a medium with large apertures and significant disorder.In this case, when the 41 transducers try to capture waves propagating through a medium of steel rods arranged randomly in water, the rods scatter and redirect otherwise-lost frequencies into one of the transducers. The ability to catch these misguided frequencies is called “hyperfocusing.” When the physicists observed time reversal in a phononic crystal, however, they did not observe the hyperfocusing effect. Time-reversed focusing is based on the fact that when a wave is played backwards in time, wavelengths will retrace their paths. Although theoretically the overlap should be exact, the actual time reversal mirrors (TRMs) that play back the waves can not “catch” every frequency of the original wave. Scientists know that some media allow acoustic time reversal to occur with higher resolution than other media, and recently physicists from the University of Paris have discovered how disordered and ordered media affect this resolution.In a study published in Physical Review Letters, physicists A. Tourin, F. Van Der Biest and M. Fink have found that, while sound waves traveling through a disordered medium can focus with high precision, waves traveling through an ordered medium do not have the same ability to focus. The team was also surprised to discover that for a certain type of wave called evanescent waves, an ordered medium exhibits better time compression than a disordered medium. Using this phononic crystal, physicists found that a medium with an orderly lattice arrangement exhibits better time compression (the signal recorded at the original source) than a disordered medium in time-reversed evanescent sound waves. Better time compression gives a closer approximation of the initial sound. Credit: A. Tourin, et al. This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.last_img read more