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Indian Super League attracting younger audiences in what may be breakthrough season

11 November 2019|Tags: , , , , , |

BLOG | by Joseph Eapen ... A definite pecking order now seems to have been established in Indian sport, according to the data we collect every day in India as part of our SportsIndex service. As you would expect, cricket is at the top of that ranking. The percentage of Indians who have ever watched the IPL soars away at 71%. But while the IPL dominates the Indian market, it has not put other sports completely in the shade.

Rugby World Cup final. A third of UK plan to watch, 13% with an alcoholic drink.

1 November 2019|Tags: , , , , , |

BLOG | by Bruce Cook ... Tomorrow is set to be one of the biggest days in British sport for some time, with the England men’s rugby team playing in the final of the Rugby World Cup for the first time for almost 30 years. We thought we’d ask who plans to watch and how they plan to do it. Here’s a quick summary.

UK – Rugby World Cup excitement set to overtake FIFA World Cup levels

31 October 2019|Tags: , , , , , |

BLOG | by Bruce Cook ... While the Rugby World Cup may not enjoy the same global profile as its FIFA equivalent, there is no doubt that in rugby-playing nations it’s a big deal. But given that it’s been a pretty good year and a half for English teams competing in major tournaments, how does England’s progress to the Rugby World Cup final compare to other performances?

NBA – Which teams are attracting the most positive chatter?

24 October 2019|Tags: , , , , |

BLOG | by Tracy Schoenadel ... The NBA sparks into life this week, but which teams are providing the brightest flames as the season begins? We took a look at our Buzz metric to see which teams are enjoying the most positivity among the general population – and NBA fans – as the season begins.

The Indian running boom – distance running’s big business for sponsors

11 October 2019|Tags: , , , , , |

BLOG | by Joseph Eapen ... If I asked you to think of the traditional homes of distance running, I suspect you’d be pretty far down your list before you got to India. Yet in January next year, more than 45,000 runners will gather in Mumbai for Asia’s largest long-distance race – the Tata Mumbai Marathon. In short, long-distance running is growing fast in India.

What makes people in major football markets attend games?

9 October 2019|Tags: , , , |

BLOG | by Charlie Dundas ... With all football seasons across Europe now well-underway, we have been thinking about what draws people to attend matches – and whether those factors differ across leagues. So we polled football fans in five countries which are home to major soccer leagues and asked these supporters what made them turn up each week – as well as what keeps them away. As you might expect, we found some interesting differences between markets.

The most valuable real estate in Merseyside. The front of Liverpool’s shirt

9 October 2019|Tags: , , , , |

BLOG | by Charlie Dundas ... As you may have read this month, sports apparel manufacturer New Balance is taking Liverpool FC to court to extend its kit deal with the club. Reports suggest that New Balance matched Nike’s offer, as they were entitled to under a clause in their current contract, only for the Reds to plough ahead with a deal with the Oregon-based manufacturer regardless. We thought we’d take a look at why New Balance is quite so keen to renew its deal with the club.

Do gamblers use social differently to the rest of the population?

25 September 2019|Tags: , , , , |

BLOG | by Charlie Dundas ... Later this autumn, YouGov will be publishing a White Paper which tackles honesty on social media platforms. It will cover attitudes towards the importance of honesty on these networks and ask whether we are more or less forgiving of unreliable content when it comes from, for example, influencers or companies. Read also … And has 32Red’s Wayne Rooney sponsorship shifted the needle yet?