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KANOA IGARASHI X CASIO G-SHOCK

CASIO G-SHOCK ANNOUNCES LATEST G-LIDE MODEL IN COLLABORATION WITH PRO SURFER KANOA IGARASHI

New Timepiece Arrives in Translucent Case and Band with Premium Surf Data Tracking Capabilities

Today, Casio G-SHOCK unveils an all-new, limited-edition G-LIDE timepiece, in collaboration with professional surfer and G-SHOCK athlete, Kanoa Igarashi. Boasting superior functionality in surf data tracking and performance, the GLX5600KI-7 arrives in a translu1cent case with silver accents and boasts Kanoa’s signature on the case back, face and band.

The new watch is based on the G-LIDE GLX5600 which features a tide graph, an indispensable tool for surfers. The thin, square shape of the watch ensures that it does not obstruct the wrist while surfing. The GLX5600KI-7 features a semi-transparent body that evokes the ocean and is paired with a mirror finish face that gives the watch a simple, cool look. Igarashi’s “Kanoa” signature is inscribed on the upper center of the watch face and on the strap keeper and case back, as well as in illumination when the backlight is turned on.

At just 21 years old, the Huntington Beach, CA native has been in the professional surf scene for over a decade. Kanoa was an instant talent from the time he first jumped in the water at the age of 3, and by the time he was 11 he set a new record for the most victories in a single season. He has gone on to win a number of major surfing competitions and is currently a world-class professional surfer competing on the World Surf League Championship Tour at the top of the sport.

The new model features technical capabilities to match with Kanoa’s impressive surf skills, including Tide & Moon graphs and a Moon Age data that anchors the face of the timepiece, for anticipating tide and surf swell of the rider’s current location.

A video highlighting the collaboration timepiece has been created – watch here: http://bit.ly/G-SHOCKxKanoa

The new model also comes equipped with standard G-SHOCK technology such as:

  • 200M water resistance
  • Shock resistance
  • World time (29 time zones / 48 cities)
  • Auto EL backlight
  • Flash alert
  • Stopwatch and countdown timer
  • 2 Multi function alarms

The GLX5600KI-7 will retail for $130 and will be available for purchase starting this July at select jewelers, the G-SHOCK Soho Store and gshock.com.

The Most Exciting Fighters in UFC 2019

By 2019, almost everybody knows the big names in UFC like Conor McGregor and Rhonda Rousey. McGregor became infamous across the globe when he stepped into the ring with pro boxer Floyd Mayweather and stayed in the public eye due to his character, charm and fearless conduct in the octagon. Rousey is known as the best female athlete of our time for her career, which spans not only UFC, but also Olympic judo and, most recently, WWE. But with McGregor, Rousey and other champions retired from the sport, who are the up-and-coming faces to watch out for in UFC today?

UFC’s growing popularity across the globe means that everybody wants a piece of the action; fans of different competitive sports are getting on board, drawn by the excitement and fast pace of the fights. Here we’ve put together a list of some of the most exciting fighters to keep an eye on in 2019 and beyond, so that you, too, can partake in the experience.

Paulo Costa

Brazilian bullet Costa is on the up and up this year, with his fight against ‘Soldier of God’ Yoel Romero penned in for the 17th of August. He currently stands undefeated with a 12-strong pro fight win streak, although it remains to be seen whether he can maintain this strong stance at what will be his fifth fight in the UFC. After some controversy about the intravenous use of permitted substances led to a 6-month ban in 2018, he must be ready and raring to get back into the octagon later this year.

Tatiana Suarez

Another undefeated fighter, Suarez is poised to snatch the crown sometime soon. She is one tough cookie; having survived the thyroid cancer that put a stop to her Olympic wrestling career, she has since gone on to have an impressive UFC career thus far. Her next fight will happen in June, and it will be against experienced fellow strawweight division fighter, Nina Ansaroff. Suarez’s defining feature is her awesome strength, and it looks like this rare ability is set to carry her far in the UFC. One thing’s for sure: She’s got the great stats to back her up.

Israel Adesanya

It’s safe to say that all eyes are currently on Adesanya for the middleweight title. This powerful contender is enjoying an unbroken 16-win run and is showing no signs of slowing down. His kickboxing background serves him well, highlighted by his brutal victory over Kelvin Gastelum just a few weeks ago. Fans wait with bated breath to see just how far Adesanya can carry this winning streak—will it be all the way to the top? Many say that ‘The Last Stylebender’ has this in the bag already.

Molly McCann

Brand newcomer McCann enjoyed a hard-won victory earlier this year when she went up against Priscila Cachoeira and walked away a winner. Despite a nasty-looking eye injury, McCann persevered to become the first English female fighter to see success at the UFC. Soon she’ll head stateside to go up against the ‘Violence Queen’ Ariane Lipski in a chance to show us all what she’s really made of away from her home turf. So far, she certainly has the personal determination and the loyal backing from fellow Liverpudlians that could be what she needs to succeed.

Dominick Reyes

Light heavyweight contender Reyes is here to shake things up. He has an 11-fight win streak at the moment and looks confident heading into his next bout of training. Nicknamed ‘The Devastator’ due to the monumental force of his kicks, Reyes’ sunny demeanour belies a hidden beast that could challenge the title. With his aggressive approach inside the octagon, it’s clear to see that Reyes is here to make himself known and take home the belt. It will certainly be interesting to see which direction this fresh-faced fighter takes as his star grows brighter.

Mitch Evans Wins First Formula E Race for Panasonic Jaguar Racing in Rome

Mitch Evans made history for Panasonic Jaguar Racing, claiming the team’s first ever ABB FIA Formula E win in Rome. It is Jaguar’s first international motorsport victory since 1991.

During a qualifying session plagued with intermittent rain showers, an impressive performance from Mitch saw the Kiwi driver clinch P2 from Super Pole. Teammate Alex claimed a ninth place qualifying, before being penalised for exceeding the maximum power limit and started at P21.

An early collision at turn 17/18 caused a pile up of several cars and brought out a red flag.

Mitch drove confidently at the restart and managed to overtake Andre Lotterer with Attack Mode at turn 11 for the lead of the race. Despite Lotterer activating Attack More a lap later, the Kiwi driver defended well and held onto his first win in the series.

The Panasonic Jaguar Racing team will now prepare for the Paris E-Prix on 27 April.

Mitch Evans commented about the win:

“This feels beautiful. It was a fantastic race. The first few laps were tricky in the wet. After the red flag I just wanted to stay steady. From early on I felt comfortable and my energy management was ahead of target so we decided to use it when it mattered. I wanted to use Attack Mode when Lotterer didn’t have it to gain that power difference. We had great pace from the beginning, so I really felt confident out there today.

It’s been years since I had a win, so this really feels amazing. I’m so happy for the team, for everyone at Panasonic Jaguar Racing for all their hard work and to Jaguar Land Rover for their support over the past three seasons. This has really come at a great time.”

UNTUCKit × MLB

UNTUCKit, one of the fastest-growing retail brands in North America, announced today its first-ever product collaboration with Major League Baseball.

The UNTUCKit MLB Signature Series features the logo of one of eight individual MLB teams stitched into the sail of a classic UNTUCKit best-selling, wrinkle-free shirt. Team logos available include the New York Yankees, New York Mets, Boston Red Sox, Los Angeles Dodgers, San Francisco Giants, Chicago Cubs, St. Louis Cardinals, and Atlanta Braves.

Beginning on Opening Day, baseball fans can support their favorite team in style when they pick up an MLB Signature Series shirt from UNTUCKit’s stores or website, on MLBShop.com or select team club houses.

The partnership is another step towards UNTUCKit’s growing presence in the sports industry. Last year, New Orleans Saints Quarterback Drew Brees, hockey legend Wayne Gretzky and NASCAR driver Chase Elliott were each introduced as athlete ambassadors and investors in the brand. In addition to building their roster of athletes, UNTUCKit has strategically increased marketing and advertising across sports television, radio and arenas across the country.

“We’re excited about this partnership with the MLB, our first with a major sports league, given the natural affinity between our customers and the sports industry. We’ve taken a few of our best-selling shirt styles and added a fun, exclusive element we know customers will be excited about—an ode to their favorite baseball teams—to wear at the next game,” says UNTUCKit co-Founder and CEO Aaron Sanandres.

About UNTUCKit

Created in 2011, UNTUCKit has given men a seamless way to look sharp and feel casual by creating shirts designed specifically to be worn untucked. UNTUCKit solves the problem millions of men struggle with every day with their perfectly contoured hemlines and more than 50 tailored fit options. Through the last 8 years, the brand has expanded to offering 13 product categories—ranging from T-shirts and polos to sports jackets and pants—in addition to a wide selection of shirts, dresses and blazers for women. UNTUCKit is dedicated to creating an unmatched shopping experience, with more than 50 physical retail locations across the U.S. and Canada. For more information visit UNTUCKit.com.

Travis Scott × New Era

New Era has partnered with music sensation Travis Scott to create the New Era x Travis Scott x Houston Astros Collection, a limited-edition cap collection for his hometown MLB team.

Above is an all-new picture of Travis in the collection (credit: Gunner Stahl).

Available in blue, black, and brown, the caps feature the Astros’ team logo, emblazoned on the front alongside three orange stars in the iconic style of Travis Scott’s popular Astroworld collection. In keeping with the Astroworld mash-up, the back of the cap features the “Wish You Were Here” slogan from Travis Scott, featured in bold hand-drawn print.

The collection is available for purchase at NewEraCap.com, TravisScott.com, MLB.com and Astros’ team stores for $40.

Hahnenkamm Downhill

New Episode of HBO’s ‘Real Sports’ Features Profile of Hahnenkamm Downhill Skiing in Kitzbuhel, Austria with Bryce Bennett and Jon Frankel

Each year, fans from across the world converge on the small town of Kitzbühel, Austria to witness the Hahnenkamm downhill, a two-mile long race that is widely considered the most ambitious test in all of skiing. And each winter the world’s best return in pursuit of skiing glory. “If you want to be a legend in downhill skiing, you have to win Kitzbühel,” said American racer Bryce Bennett. Correspondent Jon Frankel travels to the Austrian Alps to report. Catch the interview on Tuesday’s episode of Real Sports With Bryant Gum.

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NBA All-Star Series

NEW ERA CAP CELEBRATES THE CITY OF CHARLOTTE WITH 2019 NBA ALL-STAR GAME COLLECTION

The New Era NBA Authentics: NBA All-Star Series is available now

Today, New Era Cap Co., Inc., the authentic cap of the National Basketball Association (NBA), announces the New Era NBA Authentics: NBA All-Star Series, a special headwear collection designed for this year’s game in Charlotte, North Carolina.

“Each year, we work to celebrate NBA All-Star Game by using the host city as the design inspiration for the New Era NBA Authentics: All-Star Series,” said John Connors, Director of Arena Sports for New Era Cap. “This year, Charlotte offered us the opportunity to do something truly different leveraging the Hornets’ unique color palate and honeycomb pattern.”

This year’s New Era NBA Authentics: All-Star Series features unique designs with a mix of silhouettes including 59FIFTY, 9FIFTY and 9TWENTY. Each cap features a unique design utilizing the Charlotte Hornets’ color palate, teal, white and purple as well as the honeycomb pattern displayed on the Hornets’ court.                       

The New Era NBA Authentics: NBA All-Star Game Series is available in the following styles:


New Era NBA Authentics: NBA All-Star Tie Dye:  Adding an element of style to the collection, this teal, white and purple tie dye graphic print cap features the primary Charlotte NBA All-Star 2019 logo embroidered on the crown. Available in a 9FIFTY, the cap also comes in a black and white colorway with a 59FIFTY version available exclusively here.


New Era NBA Authentics: NBA All-Star Pri Star: Available in a 9FIFTY and 9TWENTY, this cap features the Charlotte NBA All-Star logo man on the crown and an oversized NBA All-Star 2019 wordmark embroidered on the side. This cap is available in a black and white colorway with a 59FIFTY version available exclusively here.


New Era NBA Authentics: NBA All-Star Oversized Star: Show your excitement for the 2019 NBA All-Star Game with this 9FIFTY cap featuring an embroidered oversized Charlotte NBA All-Star logo man on the crown and a second NBA All-Star logo man on the rear. Additionally, this cap has a honeycomb pattern on the visor and snapback enclosure. A 59FIFTY version is available exclusively here.


New Era NBA Authentics: NBA All-Star Suede: Available in a 9FIFTY and 9TWENTY, this stylish black monochromatic cap combines faux suede with a Charlotte 2019 tonal wordmark embroidered on the crown.

The New Era NBA Authentics: NBA All-Star Series is available here as well as select headwear retailers with retail prices of $28-$38 USD.

ABOUT NEW ERA CAP
New Era Cap Co., Inc. is an international lifestyle brand with an authentic sports heritage that dates back over 90 years. Best known for being the official on-field cap for Major League Baseball and the National Football League, New Era Cap is the brand of choice not only for its headwear collection, but also for its accessories and apparel lines for men, women and youth. The brand is worn as a symbol of self-expression by athletes, artists and some of the most interesting people around the globe. New Era Cap encourages people to truly express their personal style and individuality through its products. The Company is headquartered in Buffalo, NY and operates facilities in Canada, Europe, Brazil, Japan, and Hong Kong. For more information, visit our website.

Baby Sea Otter Reunited With Mother

Watch Video of Baby Sea Otter Reunited With its Mother in Morro Bay

Morro Bay Harbor Department Saves the Day for This Otter Family

In between cloudbursts yesterday, a baby sea otter was reunited with its mother. The baby, spotted alone by one of the community’s commercial fishermen, got assistance from the Harbor Department, the Marine Mammal Center and Mike Harris of Fish & Wildlife. The city of Morro Bay caught this video of the baby being released before swimming to its mother.

As the Harbor Department commented, “All in a day’s work.”

For the last couple years, thereߣs been an abundance of pure unadulterated cuteness going on in the seaside town due to an increase in California Sea Otter families that call Morro Bay home. Mommas and babies are everywhere eating and grooming each other as if no one is watching. But we are and we canߣt look away – they are so dang cute! Now is the perfect time to catch a glimpse of these sea creatures in their natural habitat since Morro Bay harbor is experiencing the highest count to date of these adorable critters. A survey taken last May of the Morro Bay harbor documented adult sea otters and nine pups, a significantly higher number than the typical five or fewer otters frequenting the harbor in the early 2000s.

“Large gatherings of otters throughout the harbor have attracted tourists and locals all along the waterfront to experience them in their natural habitat,” explains Jennifer Little, Executive Director of Discover Morro Bay. “You can watch along the shore or rent paddleboards and watch from a safe distance on the water as they forage for food and groom their young. They use rocks and other tools to break open crab and local food sources and are so fun to watch. We’ve seen up to 30 or 40 of them at a time floating around on their backs and enjoying life in Morro Bay.”

Just plop down a beach chair along the Morro Bay Harbor Walk and start watching – they’re everywhere and easy to find. If there isnߣt a family of otters hanging out already, they will soon appear. The southeast side of Morro Rock is a great landmark for sea otter viewing as is Coleman beach at the intersection of Embarcadero and Coleman Drive. There are also public viewing spots all along the Embarcadero for wildlife viewing in between the plethora of restaurants, boutique shops and wine bars. To get an even closer look, paddle out in a kayak or rent a boat at Bay Cruisers and Electric Boats. Visitors can also take a ride on the Lost Isle Tiki boat to see the otters and the ever-barking sea lions, which includes a quick detour to the Morro Bay natural sand spit. Kayaks can be rented at Kayak Horizons and the Kayak Shack.

Experts say what’s really driving the population increase is the abundance of food they find in the waters of Morro Bay. Sea otters are integral to the health of the Morro Bay harbor environment. When viewing otters be very careful as they are wild animals and may react poorly if approached. When viewing from the water, it’s best to stay at least five kayak lengths away at all times and enjoy them in a responsible manner.

Super Bowl LIII: Patriots vs Rams

In Wake of NFL Post-Season Controversies Public Wants Rule Changes for Pass Interference and OT

Nation also ‘tired’ of seeing Patriots in Super Bowl; thinks legalized gambling can lead to scandal

By an overwhelming margin, the public wants instant replay for judgment calls such as pass interference, according to a Seton Hall Sports Poll conducted this week.

Asked if replay review should be allowed for judgment calls like pass interference, 82% said yes, with only 10% saying no and the rest having no opinion or saying they did not know.

Among those who said they followed the sport closely, even more, 89%, said yes, while only 7% said no.

Even among the respondents who said they follow the NFL very closely, 85% said yes, they “think instant replay review should be allowed for judgment calls like pass interference.” Among that group of very close followers, however, 13% said “no.”

Regarding overtime possession rules, a majority of respondents polled said that each team should get at least one possession in overtime: 58% said that both teams should have the ball, with only 33% saying the rule (a touchdown on first possession ends the game), should be left alone.

The poll received 985 adult responses across the country, using both landlines and cellphones, with a margin of error of +/- 3.2%.

“In the NFL’s championship games, referee calls and non-calls made a very big difference,” noted Rick Gentile, director of the poll, which is sponsored by the Sharkey Institute of the Stillman School of Business at Seton Hall. “And in some ways, Kansas City’s offense never getting a chance to take the field in overtime was anticlimactic – never a good thing in the entertainment business, and something the NFL may want to pay attention to along with the overwhelming support for instant replay review for judgment calls such as pass interference.”

Nation ‘Tired’ of Patriots

Perhaps the overtime rules wouldn’t have seemed so unfair if the Kansas City Chiefs hadn’t been playing the New England Patriots, who have made their way to the Super Bowl four out of the past five years.

Nearly half of Americans say they are tired of seeing the New England Patriots in the Super Bowl.

46% said they were tired of seeing them, with only 25% saying their appearance would make the game more interesting.

Among those who follow the NFL closely or very closely, the number rose to 62% who are tired of seeing them against only 27% who thought their appearance would make the game more interesting.

Tom Brady

The numbers are not very good for New England quarterback Tom Brady either, whose favorable rating has fallen to only 29% after a high of 61% in February 2015, when the Poll first asked about him. That was before the penalty for “Deflategate” was instituted, and his favorable rating fell to 34% by that October.

Brady’s favorable rating was only 24% among women and 35% among men. While the overall rating is 29% favorable to 23% unfavorable, among those that follow the NFL closely it is even.

Bill Belichick

Patriots’ coach Bill Belichick had only a 20% favorable rating in this poll, about even with his standing in October of 2015 in the wake of “Deflategate.”

“Despite his brilliance on the field, it appears the effects of ‘Deflategate’ and the suggestion that Brady was a cheater may linger for the remainder of his career,” noted Director Gentile, “As for ‘Patriots Fatigue’ it will be interesting to see how it effects the ratings.”

Legal Sports Betting

Meanwhile, as legalized sports betting begins a growth period on a state-by-state basis, Americans had a strong feeling that it will inevitably lead to scandal. Asked if they believe legal betting can lead to cheating or fixing of games by players, 81% said yes, and 79% said it can lead to cheating or fixing of games by referees or umpires.

What is music to a network ear however, is that 71% say they would be more likely to watch a broadcast of a game on which they bet. Even better news is by more than 5 to 1, people 18-29 are more inclined to watch a game they bet on. This is similar with Seton Hall Sports Poll’s finding when the question was first asked last fall.

This release may be found online at http://blogs.shu.edu/sportspoll/2019/02/02/in-wake-of-nfl-post-season-controversies-public-wants-rule-changes-for-pass-interference-and-ot/

The Official Seton Hall Sports Poll podcast discussing this topic with Seth Everett and Rick Gentile can befound at https://itunes.apple.com/mt/podcast/seton-hall-sports-poll/id1053266467.

About the poll:

This poll was conducted by telephone January 28-30 among adults in the United States. The Seton Hall Sports Poll is conducted by the Sharkey Institute. Phone numbers were dialed from samples of both standard landline and cell phones. The error for subgroups may be higher. This poll release conforms to the Standards of Disclosure of the National Council on Public Polls. The Seton Hall Sports Poll has been conducted regularly since 2006.

Media: Media: Marty Appel, AppelPR@gmail.com; Rick Gentile (917) 881-9489

Michael Ricciardelli, Associate Director of Media Relations, Seton Hall

michael.ricciardelli@shu.edu, 908-447-3034

The results:

Last year the Supreme Court ruled that betting on sporting events could be declared legal by individual states. Do you approve of this ruling, disapprove or do you have no opinion?

1 – Approve 38%

2 – Disapprove 16

3 – Don’t know/No opinion 46

Former member of congress and ex-NBA player Tom McMillen said last week that as a result of legalized sports betting “There is a 100% chance that there will be a major gambling scandal at an institution of higher education in the United States.” Do you agree or disagree

with his statement?

1 – Agree 51

2 – Disagree 33

3 – Don’t know/No opinion 16

Do you believe legal betting on sports events can lead to cheating or fixing games by players?

1 – Yes 81

2 – No 15

3 – Don’t know/No opinion 4

Do you believe legal betting on sports events can lead to cheating or fixing games by referees or umpires?

1 – Yes 79

2 – No 18

3 – Don’t know/No opinion 3

Do you participate in any pools or wagering on the Super Bowl?

1 – Yes 11

2 – No 88

3 – Don’t know 0

(If No skip to Question 7)

Would you watch the game if you weren’t betting on it or participating in a pool?

1 – Yes 79

2 – No 20

3 – Don’t know 2

Have you ever participated in any pools or wagered on the Super Bowl?

1 – Yes 31

3 – No 68

4 – Don’t know 1

Would you be more likely to bet on a sports event if it was legal in your state?

1 – Yes 29

2 – No 68

3 – Don’t know 3

If you placed a bet on a sports event would it make you more likely to watch the broadcast of that event?

1 – Yes 71

2 – No 27

3 – Don’t know 2

Is your opinion of Patriots’ quarterback Tom Brady favorable, unfavorable or do you have no opinion?

1 – Favorable 29

2 – Unfavorable 23

3 – No opinion 48

How about Patriots’ coach Bill Belichick, is your opinion favorable, unfavorable or do you have no opinion?

1 – Favorable 20

2 – Unfavorable 21

3 – No opinion 59

This will be the 4th time in the last 5 years that the New England Patriots will appear in the Super Bowl. Does that make them more interesting to see play again or are you tired of seeing

them in the Super Bowl?

1 – More interesting 25

2 – Tired of seeing them 46

3 – Don’t know/No opinion 29

How closely would you say you follow the NFL, very closely, closely, not closely or not at all?

1 – Very closely 13

2 – Closely 27

3 – Not closely 30

4 – Not at all 30

5 – Don’t know 0

There was controversy regarding the NFC and AFC Championship Games last week because of calls, or non-calls by the referees. Do you think replay review should be allowed for judgment calls like pass interference?

1 – Yes 82

2 – No 10

3 – Don’t know/No opinion 9

In the NFL if the team that wins the coin toss for the overtime period elects to receive the ball and then scores a touchdown on the first drive, the game is over. This just happened in the AFC Championship game between the Patriots and Chiefs. Do you think both teams should have a chance to possess the ball at least once in the overtime period or should the rule remain as is?

1 – Both teams should possess the ball 58

2 – Leave rule as is 33

3 – Don’t know/No opinion 9

ABOUT SETON HALL UNIVERSITY

One of the country’s leading Catholic universities, Seton Hall has been showing the world what great minds can do since 1856. Home to nearly 10,000 undergraduate and graduate students and offering more than 90 rigorous academic programs, Seton Hall’s academic excellence has been singled out for distinction by The Princeton Review, U.S. News & World Report and Bloomberg Businessweek.

Seton Hall embraces students of all religions and prepares them to be exemplary servant leaders and global citizens. In recent years, the University has achieved extraordinary success. Since 2009, it has seen record-breaking undergraduate enrollment growth and an impressive 110-point increase in the average SAT scores of incoming freshmen. In the past decade, Seton Hall students and alumni have received more than 30 Fulbright Scholarships as well as other prestigious academic honors, including Boren Awards, Pickering Fellowships, Udall Scholarships and a Rhodes Scholarship. The University is also proud to be the third most diverse national Catholic university in the nation.

During the past five years, the University has invested more than $165 million in new campus buildings and renovations. And in 2015, Seton Hall launched a School of Medicine as well as a College of Communication and the Arts. The University’s beautiful main campus in suburban South Orange, N.J. is only 14 miles from New York City — offering students a wealth of employment, internship, cultural and entertainment opportunities. Seton Hall’s nationally recognized School of Law is located prominently in downtown Newark. The University’s Interprofessional Health Sciences (IHS) campus in Clifton and Nutley, N.J. opened in the summer of 2018. The IHS campus houses the University’s College of Nursing, School of Health and Medical Sciences and the Hackensack Meridian School of Medicine at Seton Hall University.

For more information, visit www.shu.edu.

Nation ‘Tired’ of Seeing Patriots in Super Bowl

Nearly half of Americas say they are tired of seeing the New England Patriots in the Super Bowl, according to a Seton Hall Sports Poll conducted this week.

46% said they were “tired” of seeing them, with only 25% finding their appearance making the game “more interesting.”

Among those who follow the NFL closely or very closely, the number rises to 62% who are tired of seeing them against only 27% who believe their appearance makes the game more interesting.

The poll received 985 adult responses across the country, using both landlines and cellphones, with a margin of error of +/- 3.2%.

Tom Brady
The numbers are not very good for New England quarterback Tom Brady either, whose favorable rating has fallen to only 29% after a high of 61% in February 2015, when the Poll first asked about him.  That was before the penalty for “Deflategate” was instituted, and his favorable rating fell to 34% by that October. 

Brady’s favorable rating was only 24% among women and 35% among men. While the overall rating is 29% favorable to 23% unfavorable, among those that follow the NFL closely it is even.

Bill Belichick
Patriots’ coach Bill Belichick had only a 20% favorable rating in this poll, about even with his standing in October of 2015 in the wake of “Deflategate.”

“Despite his brilliance on the field, it appears the effects of ‘Deflategate’ and the suggestion that Brady was a cheater may linger for the remainder of his career,” noted Rick Gentile, director of the poll, which is sponsored by the Sharkey Institute of the Stillman School of Business at Seton Hall.  “As for ‘Patriots Fatigue’ it will be interesting to see how it effects the ratings.”

Legal Sports Betting
Meanwhile, as legalized sports betting begins a growth period on a state-by-state basis, Americans had a strong feeling that it will inevitably lead to scandal.  Asked if they believe legal betting can lead to cheating or fixing of games by players, 81% said yes, and 79% said it can lead to cheating or fixing of games by referees or umpires.

What is music to a network ear however, is that 71% say they would be more likely to watch a broadcast of a game on which they bet. Even better news is by more than 5 to 1, people 18-29 are more inclined to watch a game they bet on. This is similar with Seton Hall Sports Poll’s finding when the question was first asked last fall.

WEIGHING IN ON RULE CHANGES IN WAKE OF POST-SEASON CONTROVERSIES

Replay for Pass Interference
Asked if replay review should be allowed for judgment calls like pass interference, 82% said yes, with only 10% saying no, a result consistent with those who follow the NFL closely.  

Overtime Possession Rule
And on the question of each team getting at least one possession in overtime, even if the first team scores a touchdown, 58% said both teams should have the ball, with only 33% saying the rule (a touchdown on first possession ends the game), should be left alone.

This release may be found online at http://blogs.shu.edu/sportspoll/

The Official Seton Hall Sports Poll podcast discussing this topic with Seth Everett and Rick Gentile can be found at https://itunes.apple.com/mt/podcast/seton-hall-sports-poll/id1053266467.