Monthly Archives: August 2013

Is NASCAR on the decline?

July 27, 2013

Stock car racing’s fortunes have fallen with that of their fan base, leaving the sport’s future an open question


Is NASCAR on the decline?
Sprint Cup Series driver Dale Earnhardt Jr. (88) leads during the NASCAR Quicken Loans 400 auto race at Michigan International Speedway, Sunday, June 16, 2013, in Brooklyn, Mich. (AP Photo/Bob Brodbeck)(Credit: AP)

“I love Kyle Busch. He’s such a badass.”

That was said to me by a woman in the parking lot outside the Dover International Speedway minutes after the conclusion of the NASCAR Nationwide Series event held there in mid-May. The woman who made the comment was in her early 20s and was from suburban Westchester County in New York state, as made clear by her Snooki sourpuss and thick-sliced Real Housewives accent.

“Kyle Busch is a total asshole.”

That was said to me during a yellow flag, one of the few times spectators can talk in anything but utter drowned-out futility during the actual race. The man who said this to me was a long-time racing fan, one so deeply into the sport that he’d rented headphones for $75 so that he could listen to pit row conversations. He was from a part of Pennsylvania – the vast middle James Carville was referring to when he called the state “Philadelphia and Pittsburgh with Alabama in between” – where people sound more than a little bit like your average country music radio station disc jockey and have no fear of sitting in a sea of never ending steel bleacher seats shirtless under a beating, bleaching sun. (more…)

An Afghan Media Mogul, Pushing Boundaries

Business Day

Ozier Muhammad/The New York Times

Saad Mohseni leads the Moby Group, the Afghan media giant. He recently visited the Manhattan town house of the former Viacom chief Tom Freston, a home that once belonged to Andy Warhol.

By Published: July 27, 2013

AT the inaugural championship of the new Afghan premier soccer league in Kabul last October, Saad Mohseni stood on the well-groomed sideline wearing a Western blazer and a toothy smile that said, “Yes, you had better believe it.”

Saad Mohseni’s media empire has created three of Afghanistan’s most-watched TV channels, among other properties. Here, the coaches on his new show, “The Voice of Afghanistan.”

Around him, 4,000 Afghan fans were enjoying a break from the typical grind and violence of the nation’s daily life to swing flags and roar for their newly created teams. And in the rickety stands behind him, a clutch of well-groomed Afghan V.I.P.’s in traditional shalwar kameez clapped politely at Mr. Mohseni’s unlikely creation, a televised soccer final in a poor country still at war and in a location — a sports stadium — that only a decade and a half ago could as likely have been the bloody scene of a Taliban public execution as a soccer championship.

“Isn’t it fun?” said Mr. Mohseni, 47, a smooth, always-on-the-go networker with curly black hair and stylish brown-rimmed glasses.

He gesticulated with his BlackBerry as, 100 yards away, his TV cameras swiveled to follow the winning team parading before the crowd.

“It is normal,” he added. (more…)

Is This the Dawn of the New Golden Age of World Soccer?


The game has seen great players come and go—but usually one or two at a time. Rarely have so many top talents, including Brazil’s hottest newcomer, achieved so much at once.

JUL 25 2013
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AP / Daniel Ochoa de Olza, Moises-Castillo, Karel-Navarro.

Until recently, the list of association football’s greatest players has been lengthy but linear. In other words, the world’s most popular game has witnessed its share of greatness at all points throughout its history, with the geographically and stylistically disparate dots forming a straight line in time — from Alfredo Di Stefano to Pele, from Pele to Johan Cruyff and from Cruyff to Diego Maradona.

In the current day, however, a number of transcendent talents have emerged simultaneously, suggesting a new golden era is dawning. Two players — Lionel Messi of Barcelona and Argentina, and Cristiano Ronaldo of Real Madrid and Portugal — have already risen to greatness. A third, Barcelona’s new Brazilian import Neymar, appears to be on track after leading the Seleçao to a stirring triumph over Spain in this year’s FIFA Confederations Cup.

Over the next year, all three will challenge for glory at the highest levels of both the club and international game. With their combination of skills, talents and enormous potential, and with historically strong opponents awaiting them, the coming year could become a classic period of the modern game.


AP / Daniel Ochoa de Olza

The Established Rivals
The 2012 FIFA Ballon d’Or Gala, held in January 2013 in Zurich, served as the latest setting for the unfolding and ever-escalating rivalry between Messi and Ronaldo. Messi claimed more than 41 percent of the vote. Ronaldo, who was the last player not named Messi to win the award (in 2008) received less than 24 percent.

And so Messi, still only 25 at the time, won the award for the fourth straight time, a record that cemented his position as the world’s best player and a legend in his own time. BBC Sport Phil McNulty wondered aloud whether Messi was already the best player ever. Meanwhile, the The Telegraph‘s Paul Hayward left no doubt that Messi had no equal: (more…)

US Gov’t Says Music Depreciates 3X Faster Than Movies

By Jay Frank (@Repojay), Owner and CEO of DigSin.
July 2013


How fast does music depreciate? Try three times as fast as movies. This isn’t quantified by me just making a random statement. This is actually what the US government is saying.


Now, before we get to the “huff-and-puff” part that the internet likes to flame over, let’s talk about the positive. Starting on July 31st, the U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis will be restating and recalculating how they come up with the US gross domestic product (GDP). For the first time, they will actually take into account artistic creation (defined mostly as movies, TV, books & music) as part of the economic engine of the United States. They are estimating that it all adds up to about 0.5% of the US GDP, which is $70 Billion dollars. For the government to recognize creatives in this fashion is a huge deal, and will probably result in benefits that we don’t even realize yet. (more…)

Univision Set to Finish July Sweep In First Place In Demos

Deadline Hollywood
By THE DEADLINE TEAM | Monday July 22, 2013

Univision will finish the July 2013 sweep ratings derby at No. 1 in both the 18-49 and 18-34 demographic groups, beating all of the English-language broadcast networks – a sweep first for the Spanish-language network. During the sweep, Univision is delivering an average audience of nearly 3.6 million total viewers, 1.8 million Adults 18-49, 874,000 Adults 18-34, and 1.1 million Persons 12-34 in primetime. Those stats also put Univision in first place for the sweep among 12-34 year olds — with a 30 percent lead over nearest competitor,Fox. While fourth placed among viewers of all ages (ahead of Fox), Univision leaps to the top of the pack with 18-49-ers, who are the currency of most scripted entertainment programming ad sales. In that age bracket,  Univision will wrap the sweep 21 percent ahead of second place broadcaster, Fox.

Univision’s Los Angeles and New York stations are key to the win — the country’s No. 1 and 2 most watched in the country, respectively, during primetime among 18-34, 18-49, and 25-54, during the ratings derby.

Fueling those wins, Univision’s variety show Sabo Gigante (Giant Saturday) is up 16 percent in 18-49 year to year, and its highest rated primetime novella, Amores Verdaderos (True Love) outstrips first-run airings of many English-lanugage programs in key demos. (more…)

A Growing Share of Latinos Get Their News in English

Press Release
July 23, 2013

The language of news media consumption is changing for Hispanics: a growing share of Latino adults are consuming news in English from television, print, radio and internet outlets, and a declining share are doing so in Spanish, according to survey findings from the Pew Research Center.

In 2012, 82% of Hispanic adults said they got at least some of their news in English, up from 78% who said the same in 2006. By contrast, the share who get at least some of their news in Spanish has declined, to 68% in 2012 from 78% in 2006.

Half (50%) of Latino adults say they get their news in both languages, down from 57% in 2010. (more…)

The 6 Hottest Trends among Internet Users in Argentina


by Ignacio Roizman@US Media Consulting July 2013 in ARGENTINA,ECOMMERCEINTERNETSOCIAL MEDIA

The 6 Hottest Trends among Internet Users in Argentina

This post is also available in: Spanish

Overall, the latest on Argentina’s Internet market can be summed up in two words: impressive growth. However, to help marketers, advertisers and media agencies take advantage of this growth in their digital media campaigns in Argentina, we put together some of the key growth trends.vailable in: Spanish

#1 Online Radio is Growing Strongly in Argentina
According to comScore, online radio sites grew by 17% in unique visitors between March 2012 and March 2013. Overall, more than 3.5 million Argentines visited online radio sites in March 2013.

#2 Soon, a Mobile Market of 70 Million
A new report from Ericcson states that by 2018, Argentina will have 70 million mobile subscriptions. In addition, by 2018 mobile data traffic in Argentina will grow by 12 times. Factors involved in this growth include online video traffic, which will grow by 60% per year in Argentina between 2013 and 2018.
While not cited specifically by Ericcson, it’s likely that Argentina’s rapid rate of smartphone and tablet adoption—which we have covered previously—will also play a role in this mobile growth. (more…)

Brazil to Lead the World in Media Growth from 2013-2017


Brazil to Lead the World in Media Growth from 2013-2017


Brazil is set to experience powerful growth in all forms of media between 2013 and 2017, according to the Entertainment and Media Outlook report from Price WaterhouseCoopers (PwC).

The report indicates that Brazil will be one of the top 8 countries in the world in terms both ad spend and consumer consumption of media & entertainment. In addition, PwC projects that Brazil’s growth will be greater than that of the global average.  The chart below shows the compound annual growth rate (CAGR) for each form of media in Brazil, along with the global average for comparison purposes. (more…)

comScore Media Metrix Ranks Top 50 U.S. Web Properties for June 2013

comScore, Inc.

JULY 19, 2013

Gay and Lesbian Sites See Pickup During Pride Month

Gaming Sites Sites Spike as Summer Vacation Begins

RESTON, VA, July 19, 2013 – comScore, Inc. (NASDAQ: SCOR), a leader in measuring the digital world, today released its monthly ranking of U.S. web activity at the top online properties for June 2013 based on data from the comScore Media Metrixservice. The Gay/Lesbian category witnessed an uptick in traffic during Pride Month in June, while Gaming sites provided leisure for many enjoying time off in the summer.

Table 1

comScore Top 10 Gaining Site Categories by Percentage Change in Unique Visitors (U.S.)
June 2013 vs. May 2013
Total U.S. – Home, Work and University Locations
Source: comScore Media Metrix
Total Unique Visitors (000)
May-13 Jun-13 % Change
Total Internet : Total Audience 223,694 224,318 0
Lifestyles – Gay/Lesbian 8,933 9,832 10
Retail – Fragrances/Cosmetics 13,520 14,824 10
Services – Instant Messengers 16,268 17,675 9
Travel – Transactions 4,353 4,682 8
Games – Gaming Information 68,368 73,496 8
Services – Incentives 25,197 26,860 7
Retail – Computer Software 50,758 53,990 6
Games – Online Gaming 106,543 112,285 5
Retail – Movies 36,050 37,697 5
Business/Finance – Taxes 5,314 5,490 3


Real Madrid Tops The World’s Most Valuable Sports Teams


Real Madrid has been a giant of European soccer for the past century, racking up a record 32 La Liga titles and nine UEFA Champions League trophies. The club’s success has fueled a global following and attracted superstar players over the last 20 years like Raul, Ronaldo, David Beckham, Zinedine Zidane and Cristiano Ronaldo.

Real Madrid can add one more trophy to its case: It is now the world’s most valuable sports franchise, worth $3.3 billion, surpassing former No. 1 Manchester United. Los Blancos have the highest revenues of any team in sports ($650 million during the 2011-12 season), and revenues are up 62% over the last three years. Madrid’s operating income (earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization and player trading) of $134 million is second only to the NFL’s Dallas Cowboys among sports teams.

The World’s 50 Most Valuable Sports Teams 2013

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AFP/Getty Images#1 Real Madrid

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#1 Real Madrid

Value: $3.3 billion
Owner: Club members

Los Merengues finished runner-up this year in La Liga and the Copa del Ray, but nab the title of the world’s most valuable sports team thanks to the highest revenues in sports ($650 million during the 2011-12 season). Real inked new deals with Adidas and Emirates Airlines over the last 12 months that will bring in roughly $80 million combined annually. (more…)