DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — As NASCAR’s Most Popular Driver Chase Elliott sailed his No. 9 Chevrolet across the Phoenix Raceway finish line to capture his first NASCAR Cup Series championship, several more numbers came into focus, none more important than this one: 36.Together, the NASCAR industry accomplished the improbable, completing a full 36-race NASCAR Cup Series schedule, making it the only major sport to complete a full season in 2020. Not only did NASCAR run every race despite several challenges presented by the COVID-19 pandemic, NASCAR saw numerous positive trends both on and off the track.On the track, the sport enjoyed some of the most competitive racing in years, evidenced by an increased number of passes, both for the lead and throughout the field.The intense racing led to viewership on television remaining stable during the most competitive television landscape in history, while NASCAR’s social and digital metrics enjoyed several increases across its platforms.Finally, positive buzz around NASCAR’s brand is trending 25% higher than last year, a testament to the incredible strides the sport made to get back to racing under incredibly challenging circumstances.Below is a full “by the numbers” look at milestones from NASCAR’s 2020 season.Statistical Superlatives23.3 – Average age of NASCAR’s national series champions: Cup Series, Chase Elliott (24.11); Xfinity Series, Austin Cindric (22.1); Gander RV & Outdoors Truck Series, Sheldon Creed (23).1,190 – Green flag passes for the lead in the NASCAR Cup Series, second-most in the past 14 seasons.20.0 – The average number of lead changes per NASCAR Cup Series race, the most since 2014 (21.17).20 – Number of races with a margin of victory of less than a second, most since 2014.1988 – The last year that NASCAR’s Most Popular Driver won the championship (Bill Elliott).4 – NASCAR transitioned from a series entitlement model to a premier partner model that welcomed four global leading brands as premier partners – Busch Beer, Coca-Cola, Geico and Xfinity.3 – Three new teams have announced they will enter the NASCAR Cup Series in 2021, including 23XI Racing owned by Michael Jordan and Denny Hamlin.COVID-19 Protocols90,391 – Health questionnaires returned from essential personnel who enter the race track.102,347 – Documented temperatures taken from essential personnel.45,100 & 39,000 – Number of cloth and disposable masks purchased to help essential personnel combat the virus while in-venue.205 – Number of thermometers purchased for at-track health screenings.2 – Pulse oximeters purchased to be used at secondary screening locations.64 – Gallons of high-grade disinfectant solution purchased to disinfect the garage area.In-Venue94 – National Series races conducted in 2020, completing the entire schedule.5,000 – First responders and military personnel invited to attend the first sporting event with fans at Homestead-Miami Speedway on June 14.1969 – The last year NASCAR introduced three new venues to a NASCAR Cup Series schedule. The 2021 NASCAR Cup Series schedule will introduce three new racetracks and two new layouts at iconic venues.Fan Engagement (Television & Digital)3.058M – Average viewers on television of the NASCAR Cup Series, off just -2% year-over-year during one of the most competitive television landscapes in history.+1% – NASCAR viewership was up across races 2 thru 36 (excluding a rain impacted DAYTONA 500) – consistently bringing a stable audience each weekend.+11 – On FS1, weekday editions of “NASCAR Race Hub” were up 11% this season compared to 2019 (show started back on Jan. 27).190+ – NASCAR content was distributed in over 190 countries and territories.+7% – Total visits to NASCAR’s digital platform rose +7% from 2019.+10% – Increase in the amount of time fans are spending on NASCAR’s digital platforms on race days.+56% – NASCAR social media engagements have increased significantly.18% – Increase in NASCAR Mobile App downloads year-over-year.30% – @NASCARonFOX recorded a +30% increase over 2019 with more than 431 million views across Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube.8.6M – Video of drivers pushing Bubba Wallace’s car to the front of the grid at Talladega is FOX Sports’ most-watched Twitter video of all time on any account with 8.6 million views.140+ – Live races aired in debut season of OTT platform TrackPass on NBC Sports Gold.eNASCAR6 – eNASCAR iRacing Pro Invitational Series events on FOX and FS1 that rank as the highest-rated esports TV programs of all time.2M – New unique viewers (people who had not previously watched NASCAR in 2020) that tuned into the seven eNASCAR iRacing Pro Invitational Series events on FOX and FS1.Sports Betting3 – Deals brokered with sports-betting operators (Penn National Gaming, BetMGM, WynnBET).1st – NASCAR became the first league to join responsible betting campaigns with the American Gaming Association and National Center for Responsible Betting.Licensing10 – Chase Elliot’s first Cup Series title resulted in the most first-day merchandise sales of any NASCAR champion in the last 10 years.+78% – Overall NASCAR Shop Sales are significantly up year-over-year / since NASCAR’s return to racing in May, NASCAR Shop Sales are +147% year-over-year.Television Metrics Source: The Nielsen CompanyDigital Metrics Source: Adobe AnalyticsSocial Metrics Sources: Conviva and Meltwater
The Bluebirds prevailed at Clevedon Town’s Hand Stadium by two goals to one in the Professional Development League.The opening goal arrived after just 12 minutes as a swift breakaway saw a Cardiff attacker round keeper Denis Begovic to score.Vince Harper almost equalised with a fizzing volley which just flashed wide of the post.Cardiff doubled their advantage on the hour with a powerful finish from close range, leaving Trevor Challis’ side with an uphill battle from there on in.But Marcus Day gave the home team some hope, converting on the rebound after Cameron Allen’s shot had only been parried out.Allen then had a chance to snatch a point at the death, but in a one-on-one situation, Cardiff’s keeper made a smart stop.City Under-18s: Begovic, Turner-Williams, Ali, Turner, Spark, Rees, Z.Smith, Harry Smith, V.Harper, Day (Bell), Allen.
COLUMBIA, S.C. — The postseason accolades continue to roll in for USC senior offensive guard A.J. Cann who has been named named to the Walter Camp All-America second-team unit.Cann, a 6-4, 311-pounder from Bamberg, S.C., has been a four-year starter at guard for the Gamecocks. He has started 50 of the 51 games over the past four seasons, the second-most starts in Carolina history.A two-time captain, Cann helped lead a team that averaged over 33 points and 450 yards per game. Cann was named to the first-team All-America squad by CBSSportsline.com on Wednesday.Earlier in the week, he garnered first-team All-SEC honors awarded by the league’s 14 coaches, was a first-team All-SEC selection by College Sports Madness, and was a second-team All-SEC performer according to the Associated Press.The Gamecocks will travel to Shreveport to play Miami in the Duck Commander Independence Bowl on Saturday, December 27.
Telecommunication giants, Globacom, are facing difficulties in stitching up a deal with Ghanaian Premier League sides to take over the league’s sponsorship naming rights.Although the clubs are elated with Globacom’s US$ 3 million sponsorship deal but are at variance with the benefits of the sponsors.Globacom demands its logo embossed on the shirts (chest), pants and sleeves of all the jerseys of the 16 clubs.Also, Globacom wants the teams to brand their buses, which is vehemently disagreed.But this does not suit clubs like King Faisal, Kotoko and Hearts of Oak who have sponsorship deals with rival telecommunication providers.The Premier League Board is expected to agree a deal by the close of the week. Source: Ghanasoccernet