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Baltimore again among highest rated markets for USA/Belgium

Posted on 02 July 2014 by WNST Staff

ESPN’s telecast of Tuesday’s USA vs. Belgium FIFA World Cup match – a 2-1 U.S. loss in extra time – averaged a network record 9.6 overnight rating, making it the highest overnight rating for a World Cup match on ESPN or ESPN2, according to Nielsen. ESPN’s television coverage peaked from 5:45 – 6 p.m. ET with a 14.1 rating while WatchESPN peaked at 1,500,000 concurrent viewers.

ESPN’s coverage posted a five percent increase over a Saturday afternoon telecast of the United States’ loss to Ghana in the 2010 World Cup Round of 16 (a 9.1 rating on ABC). When including ABC, Tuesday’s telecast ranks behind the 1994 final and USA vs. Brazil round of 16 matches for largest metered market rating.

Including yesterday’s record audience, ESPN has posted its six highest metered market ratings for the men’s World Cup during the 2014 event.

The top-10 metered markets: New York (15.0), Hartford/New Haven (13.2), Washington, D.C., (12.8), Richmond (12.3), Boston (12.2), West Palm Beach (12.0), Baltimore (11.4), Cincinnati (11.4), San Diego (11.0), Columbus (10.8), Norfolk (10.8) and Orlando (10.8)

To date, the highest-rated markets on ESPN, ESPN2 and ABC are: Washington DC (4.5), New York (4.2), San Francisco (3.9), Los Angeles (3.6), San Diego (3.5), Orlando (3.5), Hartford/New Haven (3.5), Miami/Fort Lauderdale (3.4), West Palm Beach (3.4), Richmond (3.3) and Boston (3.3).

Fast national ratings and viewership numbers are expected to be available this afternoon.

Quarterfinals Kick Off
ESPN’s month-long coverage of the 2014 FIFA World Cup will continue with the quarterfinals, beginning Friday, July 4, with France vs. Germany (11:30 a.m. ET, ESPN2) and Brazil vs. Colombia (3:30 p.m., ESPN), followed by two matches on Saturday, July 5: Argentina vs. Belgium (11:30 a.m., ABC) and Netherlands vs. Costa Rica, 3:30 p.m., ESPN). Each quarterfinal match will also be available on ESPN3, WatchESPN or WATCH ABC, and ESPN Radio.

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Baltimore again among top viewing markets for USA/Germany

Posted on 27 June 2014 by WNST Staff

  • Combined TV, Digital and Audio Coverage Posts Average Minute Audience Over 12 Million
  • ESPN Telecast Averages 6.7 US HH Rating and 10,771,000 Viewers
  • Match Generates WatchESPN Viewership Records, Provides 10 percent Lift to TV
  • Significant Viewership Growth Leads ESPN to its Most-Viewed and Highest-Rated Group Play Ever
  • Washington, D.C.; New York and San Francisco Highest-Rated Thru 48 Group Play Matches

ESPN’s coverage of the United States’ 1-0 loss to Germany in the final day of the 2014 FIFA World Cup group play – Thursday, June 26, at noon ET – generated an average minute audience of more than 12 million people across ESPN’s television, digital and audio platforms.

  • ESPN’s telecast averaged a 6.7 US HH rating and 10,771,000 viewers, making it the second highest-rated, and third most-viewed, men’s World Cup match on ESPN or ESPN2 ever. ESPN’s highest-rated World Cup match – a 9.6 US HH rating for the 2014 USA vs. Portugal contest on Sunday, June 22 – is also the most-viewed soccer match across all US television networks, averaging 18,220,000 viewers. ESPN’s second most-viewed men’s World Cup match – USA vs. Ghana on Monday, June 16, 2014 – averaged 11,093,000 viewers and a 6.3 US HH rating.
  • The match also garnered multiple audience records for WatchESPN, adding an additional 1,050,000 viewers in the average minute audience to ESPN’s telecast. Overall, the WatchESPN coverage had 3,200,000 unique viewers and 143,000,000 live minutes viewed. This accounted for a 10 percent lift to ESPN’s English-language TV audience
  • The telecast also ranks as ESPN’s most-viewed weekday, non-holiday, afternoon program on record.
  • At its highest point, ESPN’s telecast averaged 12,055,000 viewers and a 7.7 US HH rating from 1:30 to 2 p.m. WatchESPN’s peak of 1,700,000 concurrent users set a record for the platform.
  • In addition to television and digital, the USA vs. Germany match generated an estimated audio streaming average minute audience of 239,300.
  • In addition, ESPN.com and ESPNFC.com, led by Thursday’s World Cup matches, set platform records for unique visitors in one day, hitting 19,500,000 and 7,800,000, respectively.

ESPN Posts its Largest Audiences for Group Play Ever
Overall, ESPN has generated its largest viewership for the 48 opening round World Cup matches ever, averaging 3,540,000 viewers and 2.2 US HH rating for ESPN, ESPN2 and ABC telecasts combined. The 2014 averages also marks significant increases over ESPN’s opening round telecasts in 2010 and 2006: 46 percent and 109 percent (vs. 2,429,000 viewers in 2010 and 1,691,000 in 2006), and 38 percent and 83 percent (vs. 1.6 rating in 2010 and 1.2 in 2006), respectively.

In addition, ESPN, ESPN2 and ABC have posted significant audience increases in every key people and male demographic, highlighted by double-digit growth in the 18-34, 18-49 and 25-54 categories.

WatchESPN, ESPN.com and ESPNFC.Com Growth Over 2010
WatchESPN is averaging 737,000 unique viewers and 31,100,000 minutes watched through 48 World Cup matches for increases of 149 percent and 143 percent, respectively. Additional digital highlights:

  • ESPNFC.com is also generating significant usage increases, averaging 4,700,000 daily unique visitors for a 35 percent increase over 2010 and 5,700,000 video starts per day for a 854 percent increase.
  • ESPN.com is seeing 13,700,000 average daily unique visitors (a 38 percent increase from 2010) and 12,800,000 video starts per day (up 170 percent).
  • The SportsCenter app is averaging 3,800,000 daily unique visitors for a 403 percent over 2010

Metered Markets
New York led all markets for ESPN’s USA vs. Germany telecast with a 9.7 rating, followed by San Diego (8.6), Sacramento (8.3), Seattle/Tacoma (8.1), Orlando (8.1), Baltimore (8.1), Columbus (8.1), West Palm Beach (7.9), Providence (7.6), San Francisco (7.2) and Austin (7.2).

Overall, Washington, D.C., continues to lead all markets for matches on ESPN, ESPN2 and ABC through the 48 Group Play matches with a 4.0 average rating, followed by New York (3.7), San Francisco (3.5), Orlando (3.1), Los Angeles (3.1), Hartford/New Haven (3.1), San Diego (3.0), West Palm Beach (2.9), Miami/Fort Lauderdale (2.9), Richmond (2.9), Atlanta (2.9), Boston (2.9) and Columbus (2.9).

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Bovada gives former Terp Zusi 8/1 odds to score against Germany

Posted on 24 June 2014 by WNST Staff

Courtesy of Bovada, (www.Bovada.lv, Twitter: @BovadaLV).

 

FIFA World Cup 2014 – Outright Winner

USA                                        66/1

 

FIFA World Cup 2014 – Top Goalscorer

Clint Dempsey (USA)                 66/1

 

FIFA World Cup 2014 – USA – Stage of Elimination      

Group Stage                 3/1

2nd Round                    2/3

Quarter Finals                9/2

Semi Finals                   16/1

Runners Up                   50/1

Winners                        66/1

***USA’s chances of advancing past the Group Stage is 1/5 or 80%

 

FIFA World Cup 2014 – Group G          

USA                             +650     (13/2)

Germany                       -140     (5/7)

Draw                             +200     (2/1)     

Over/Under Goals                      2 ½

 

FIFA World Cup 2014 – Group G – 1st Half Line

USA (1H)                      +475     (19/4)

Germany (1H)                +140     (7/5)

Draw                             +110     (11/10)

Over/Under Goals                      1

 

USA vs Germany – Correct Score         

USA 1-0                        12/1

USA 2-0                        33/1

USA 2-1                        20/1

USA 3-0                        80/1

USA 3-1                        50/1

USA 3-2                        66/1

USA 4-0                        200/1

USA 4-1                        150/1

USA 4-2                        150/1

USA 4-3                        200/1

USA 5-0                        250/1

Draw 0-0                       6/1

Draw 1-1                       4/1

Draw 2-2                       10/1

Draw 3-3                       50/1

Draw 4-4                       200/1

Germany 1-0                 13/2

Germany 2-0                 7/1

Germany 2-1                 8/1

Germany 3-0                 12/1

Germany 3-1                 12/1

Germany 3-2                 25/1

Germany 4-0                 25/1

Germany 4-1                 25/1

Germany 4-2                 50/1

Germany 4-3                 100/1

Germany 5-0                 50/1

 

USA vs Germany – Half Time / Full Time          

USA / USA                    10/1

USA / Draw                   10/1

USA / Germany             20/1

Draw / USA                   12/1

Draw / Draw                  7/2

Draw / Germany            7/2

Germany / USA             50/1

Germany / Draw            10/1

Germany / Germany       3/2

 

USA vs Germany – Both Teams to Score                     

Yes                  -130

No                    EVEN

 

USA vs Germany – Winning Margin                 

USA to win by 1 goal                             7/1       

USA to win by 2 goals                           22/1     

USA to win by 3 goals                           66/1     

USA to win by 4 or more goals              200/1

Germany to win by 1 goal                      3/1

Germany to win by 2 goals                    7/2

Germany to win by 3 goals                    13/2

Germany to win by 4 or more goals        9/1

Score Draw                                           3/1       

0-0 Draw                                               6/1       

 

USA vs Germany – Match Result & Both Teams To Score                    

USA & Yes                   12/1

Germany & Yes             11/4

Draw & Yes                   11/4

USA & No                     11/1

Germany & No              7/4

Draw & No                    8/1

 

USA vs Germany – To Win To Nil                     

USA                             9/5       

Germany                       11/1

USA vs Germany – To Win Both Halves           

USA                             25/1

Germany                       13/4

USA vs Germany – To Come From Behind and Win                 

USA                             25/1     

Germany                       7/1

 

USA vs Germany – Half Time Correct Score                 

USA  1-0                       13/2

USA  2-0                       40/1

USA  2-1                       40/1

Draw 0-0                       7/4

Draw 1-1                       7/1

Draw 2-2                       66/1

Germany 1-0                 25/1

Germany 2-0                 7/1

Germany 2-1                 20/1

 

USA vs Germany – Total 1st Half Goals Over/Under 0.5 Goals              

Over 0.5                                    O ½  (-240, 5/12)

Under 0.5                                  U ½  (+175, 7/4)

 

USA vs Germany – Highest Scoring Half                      

1st Half                         9/4

2nd Half                        1/1

Draw                             5/2       

 

USA vs Germany – Team to Score 1st   

USA                             9/4       

Germany                       1/3

 

USA vs Germany – Team to Score Last            

USA                             9/4       

Germany                       1/3

 

USA vs Germany – Time of 1st Goal

1-10 Mins                      13/4

11-20 Mins                    4/1

21-30 Mins                    5/1

31-40 Mins                    13/2

41-50 Mins                    15/2

51-60 Mins                    10/1

61-70 Mins                    14/1

71-80 Mins                    20/1

81 Mins – Full Time        20/1

No Goal                        6/1

 

USA vs Germany – 1st 10 Minutes – Total Goals            

Over                             ½ (9/2)

Under                           ½ (2/15)

 

USA vs Germany – 1st 10 Minutes – Match Result                     

USA                             11/1     

Germany                       6/1

Draw                             1/8

 

USA vs Germany – Total Goals            

0 or 1                            13/5

2 or 3                            5/6

4+                                5/2

USA vs Germany – USA Total Goals                

No Goals                      6/5

1 Goal                          7/5

2 Goals                         9/2

3 Goals                         22/1

4 or More Goals            100/1

 

USA vs Germany – Germany Total Goals                     

No Goals                      9/2

1 Goal                          2/1

2 Goals                         12/5

3 Goals                         9/2

4 or More Goals            15/2

 

USA vs Germany – Will a Penalty Kick be Scored?      

Yes                  13/4

No                    1/5

 

USA vs Germany – Will a Penalty Kick be Awarded?    

Yes                  11/4

No                    1/4

 

USA vs Germany – Will a Penalty Kick be Missed?      

Yes                  12/1

No                    1/33

 

USA vs Germany – Will an Own Goal be scored?         

Yes                  10/1

No                    1/25

 

USA vs Germany – Method of 1st Goal 

Open play shot inside the box               2/3

Header                                                  4/1

Open play shot outside the box             6/1

Penalty                                                 11/1

Direct from Free Kick                            16/1

Own Goal                                              20/1

 

USA vs Germany Individual Goal Props

USA vs Germany – First Goalscorer     

Thomas Muller                           7/2

Miroslav Klose                          4/1

Mario Gotze                              5/1

Lukas Podolski                         5/1

Andre Schurrle                          11/2

Mesut Ozil                                 7/1

Clint Dempsey                          8/1

Bastian Schweinsteiger              9/1

Toni Kroos                                9/1

Jozy Altidore                             10/1

Julian Draxler                            10/1

Chris Wondolowski                    12/1

Aron Johannsson                      12/1

Julian Green                              14/1

Christoph Kramer                      16/1

Kevin Grosskreutz                     16/1

Brad Davis                                20/1

Michael Bradley                         20/1

Graham Zusi                             20/1

Erik Durm                                 20/1

Mathias Ginter                           20/1

Sami Khedira                            20/1

Mats Hummels                          20/1

Alejandro Bedoya                      25/1

DaMarcus Beasley                    25/1

Mikkel Diskerud                        25/1

Per Mertesacker                        25/1

Philipp Lahm                             25/1

Kyle Beckerman                        33/1

Fabian Johnson                        33/1

Jermaine Jones                         33/1

Benedikt Howedes                    33/1

Jerome Boateng                        33/1

Geoff Cameron                         40/1

John Anthony Brooks                40/1

Omar Gonzalez                          50/1

Timothy Chandler                      50/1

DeAndre Yedlin                         66/1

Matt Besler                               66/1

No Goalscorer                           6/1

 

USA vs Germany – Anytime Goalscorer           

Miroslav Klose                          11/10

Thomas Muller                           11/10

Mario Gotze                              11/8

Lukas Podolski                         7/4

Andre Schurrle                          15/8

Mesut Ozil                                 2/1

Julian Draxler                            3/1

Jozy Altidore                             7/2

Clint Dempsey                          7/2

Toni Kroos                                7/2

Chris Wondolowski                    4/1

Bastian Schweinsteiger              4/1

Aron Johannsson                      5/1

Christoph Kramer                      5/1

Kevin Grosskreutz                     5/1

Julian Green                              6/1

Michael Bradley                         6/1

Sami Khedira                            6/1

Brad Davis                                7/1

Erik Durm                                 7/1

Mathias Ginter                           7/1

Alejandro Bedoya                      8/1

Graham Zusi                             8/1

Philipp Lahm                             8/1

Mats Hummels                          8/1

DaMarcus Beasley                    9/1

Per Mertesacker                        9/1

Mikkel Diskerud                        10/1

Benedikt Howedes                    10/1

Kyle Beckerman                        12/1

Fabian Johnson                        12/1

Jermaine Jones                         12/1

Jerome Boateng                        12/1

John Anthony Brooks                14/1

Timothy Chandler                      14/1

Geoff Cameron                         16/1

Omar Gonzalez                          18/1

DeAndre Yedlin                         20/1

Matt Besler                               20/1

 

USA vs Germany – First USA Goalscorer         

Clint Dempsey                          4/1

Aron Johannsson                      4/1

Chris Wondolowski                    19/4

Jozy Altidore                             5/1

Julian Green                              6/1

Alejandro Bedoya                      15/2

Michael Bradley                         8/1

Brad Davis                                9/1

Graham Zusi                             10/1

DaMarcus Beasley                    12/1

Mikkel Diskerud                         12/1

Jermaine Jones                         12/1

Kyle Beckerman                        14/1

Fabian Johnson                        18/1

John Anthony Brooks                18/1

Timothy Chandler                      18/1

Geoff Cameron                         20/1

Omar Gonzalez                          22/1

DeAndre Yedlin                         25/1

Matt Besler                               33/1

 

USA vs Germany – First Germany Goalscorer  

Miroslav Klose                          21/10

Thomas Muller                           21/10

Lukas Podolski                         7/2

Mesut Ozil                                 15/4

Mario Gotze                              4/1

Andre Schurrle                          4/1

Julian Draxler                            13/2

Bastian Schweinsteiger              8/1

Toni Kroos                                8/1

Christoph Kramer                      12/1

Kevin Grosskreutz                     12/1

Sami Khedira                            12/1

Mathias Ginter                           16/1

Erik Durm                                 22/1

Benedikt Howedes                    22/1

Per Mertesacker                        22/1

Philipp Lahm                             22/1

Mats Hummels                          22/1

Jerome Boateng                        25/1

 

USA vs Germany – Scorecast (Player to score first and exact score)

Clint Dempsey & USA 1-0                      66/1

Clint Dempsey & USA 2-0                      150/1

Clint Dempsey & USA 2-1                      80/1

Clint Dempsey & USA 3-0                      350/1

Clint Dempsey & USA 3-1                      250/1

Clint Dempsey & Draw 1-1                     22/1

Clint Dempsey & Draw 2-2                     50/1

Clint Dempsey & Germany 2-1               40/1

Aron Johannsson & USA 1-0                  110/1

Aron Johannsson & USA 2-0                  250/1

Aron Johannsson & USA 2-1                  125/1

Aron Johannsson & USA 3-0                  500/1

Aron Johannsson & USA 3-1                  450/1

Aron Johannsson & Draw 1-1                 40/1

Aron Johannsson & Draw 2-2                 90/1

Aron Johannsson & Germany 2-1           66/1

Chris Wondolowski & USA 1-0               75/1

Chris Wondolowski & USA 2-0               175/1

Chris Wondolowski & USA 2-1               90/1

Chris Wondolowski & USA 3-0               400/1

Chris Wondolowski & USA 3-1               300/1

Chris Wondolowski & Draw 1-1              28/1

Chris Wondolowski & Draw 2-2              55/1

Chris Wondolowski & Germany 2-1         45/1

Michael Bradley & USA 1-0                    175/1

Michael Bradley & USA 2-0                    375/1

Michael Bradley & USA 2-1                    200/1

Michael Bradley & USA 3-0                    750/1

Michael Bradley & USA 3-1                    500/1

Michael Bradley & Draw 1-1                   55/1

Michael Bradley & Draw 2-2                   125/1

Michael Bradley & Germany 2-1              100/1

Thomas Muller & Germany 1-0                25/1

Thomas Muller & Germany 2-0                28/1

Thomas Muller & Germany 2-1                33/1

Thomas Muller & Germany 3-0                55/1

Thomas Muller & Germany 3-1                55/1

Thomas Muller & Draw 1-1                     18/1

Thomas Muller & Draw 2-2                     40/1

Thomas Muller & USA 2-1                      55/1

Miroslav Klose & Germany 1-0               28/1

Miroslav Klose & Germany 2-0               35/1

Miroslav Klose & Germany 2-1               40/1

Miroslav Klose & Germany 3-0               66/1

Miroslav Klose & Germany 3-1               66/1

Miroslav Klose & Draw 1-1                     22/1

Miroslav Klose & Draw 2-2                     45/1

Miroslav Klose & USA 2-1                      75/1

Mario Gotze & Germany 1-0                   33/1

Mario Gotze & Germany 2-0                   40/1

Mario Gotze & Germany 2-1                   40/1

Mario Gotze & Germany 3-0                   66/1

Mario Gotze & Germany 3-1                   66/1

Mario Gotze & Draw 1-1                         25/1

Mario Gotze & Draw 2-2                         50/1

Mario Gotze & USA 2-1                          80/1

Andre Schurrle & Germany 1-0               33/1

Andre Schurrle & Germany 2-0               40/1

Andre Schurrle & Germany 2-1               45/1

Andre Schurrle & Germany 3-0               75/1

Andre Schurrle & Germany 3-1               75/1

Andre Schurrle & Draw 1-1                     25/1

Andre Schurrle & Draw 2-2                     55/1

Andre Schurrle & USA 2-1                      90/1

 

Miscellaneous Player Props

USA vs Germany – Player To Be Shown a Card

Kyle Beckerman                        5/4

Timothy Chandler                      5/4

Michael Bradley                         9/5

Geoff Cameron                         9/5

Jerome Boateng                        9/5

DaMarcus Beasley                    2/1

Fabian Johnson                        2/1

John Anthony Brooks                2/1

Omar Gonzalez                          2/1

DeAndre Yedlin                         2/1

Matt Besler                               2/1

Bastian Schweinsteiger              2/1

Per Mertesacker                        2/1

Kevin Grosskreutz                     2/1

Sami Khedira                            2/1

Philipp Lahm                             2/1

Mats Hummels                          2/1

Clint Dempsey                          5/2

Jermaine Jones                         5/2

Erik Durm                                 5/2

Benedikt Howedes                    5/2

Julian Green                              11/4

Alejandro Bedoya                      11/4

Brad Davis                                11/4

Mikkel Diskerud                        11/4

Graham Zusi                             11/4

Chris Wondolowski                    7/2

Christoph Kramer                      4/1

Thomas Muller                           5/1

Andre Schurrle                          5/1

Toni Kroos                                5/1

Julian Draxler                            5/1

Mathias Ginter                           5/1

Mario Gotze                              11/2

Lukas Podolski                         11/2

Aron Johannsson                      13/2

Miroslav Klose                          13/2

Mesut Ozil                                 7/1

 

 

TIGER WOODS PROPS

Odds To Win The Open Championship 2014 – Hoylake, Royal Liverpool (British Open)

Tiger Woods                 7/1

 

Odds To Win USPGA Championship 2014 – Valhalla Golf Club, Louisville, Kentucky

Tiger Woods                 7/1

 

Quicken Loans National – Outright Winner      

Tiger Woods                 16/1

 

Quicken Loans National – 1st Round Leader    

Tiger Woods                 18/1

 

Quicken Loans National – Top 5 Finish

Tiger Woods                 5/2

 

Quicken Loans National – Will Tiger Woods Finish in The Top 10?     

Yes                              5/4

 

Quicken Loans National – Will Tiger Woods Finish in The Top 20?     

Yes                              5/9

 

Quicken Loans National – Tournament H2H Matches   

Tiger Woods                 EVEN   (1/1)

Jordan Spieth               -130      (10/13)

 

Quicken Loans National – Will Tiger Woods Shoot a Hole In One?      

Yes                              100/1

 

Quicken Loans National – Will Tiger Woods Make The Cut?    

Yes                              2/9

No                                3/1

 

Quicken Loans National – Outright Winner      

Jason Day                    12/1

Justin Rose                   12/1

Jordan Spieth               14/1

Tiger Woods                 16/1

Brandt Snedeker           22/1

Keegan Bradley             25/1

Brendon Todd               28/1

Webb Simpson             28/1

Bill Haas                       30/1

Jason Dufner                33/1

K.J. Choi                      33/1

Hunter Mahan                35/1

Billy Horschel                40/1

Gary Woodland             40/1

Marc Leishman              40/1

Brendon De Jonge        50/1

Carl Pettersson             50/1

Charley Hoffman           50/1

J.B.  Holmes                 50/1

Nick Watney                  50/1

Ryan Palmer                 50/1

Aaron Baddeley            55/1

Ben Martin                    66/1

Bo Van Pelt                  66/1

Brendan Steele              66/1

Charles Howell III           66/1

Fredrik Jacobson          66/1

Brian Harman                70/1

Ernie Els                       80/1

Kevin Chappell              80/1

Matt Every                    80/1

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Baltimore among top markets for USA/Portugal ESPN viewing

Posted on 23 June 2014 by WNST Staff

  • ESPN Telecast Averages 18,220,000 Viewers and Peaks with 22,961,000 viewers
  • Match Generates WatchESPN Viewership Records
  • Most-viewed Non-Football Telecast on ESPN Ever
  • Significant Viewership Growth Over 2010 and 2006, including in All Key Demos
  • Sets Rating Record in 18 markets; Washington, D.C.; New York and San Francisco Highest-Rated Thru 32 Games

ESPN’s telecast of the United States’ 2-2 tie against Portugal in the 2014 FIFA World Cup on Sunday, June 22, is the most-viewed soccer match in the United States ever, across all networks, averaging 18,220,000 viewers based on a 9.6 HH US rating. It surpassed the previous high of 17,975,000 viewers for the 1999 Women’s World Cup final (USA vs. China) on ABC. Additional television highlights:

  • The telecast peaked from 7:30 to 8 p.m. ET with an average of 22,961,000 viewers and an 11.9 HH US rating.
  • The match is ESPN’s most-viewed program excluding NFL and college football telecasts.
  • While Sunday’s 9.6 HH US rating is the highest-rated men’s soccer telecast ever (topping a 9.5 for Italy vs. Brazil in the 1994 final), it is the second highest-rated soccer match overall behind an 11.4 HH US rating for 1999 Women’s World Cup final (USA vs. China) on ABC.
  • The first 2014 FIFA World Cup match involving the United States (a 2-1 victory over Ghana) averaged 11,093,000 viewers and a 6.3 HH US rating, making it the highest-rated and most-viewed men’s soccer match on ESPN or ESPN2 on record at the time.

In addition to setting a television viewership record, Sunday’s match also set product records on WatchESPN with a 490,000 average minute audience, and total of 1,373,000 viewers and 61,691,000 minutes viewed.

Significant Television Viewership Increases Over 2010 and 2006
Overall, ESPN’s 2014 World Cup coverage is posting significant viewership increases over 2010 and 2006. ESPN, ESPN2 and ABC have combined to average 4,273,000 viewers and a 2.6 HH US rating through the first 32 matches, marking increases of 50 percent and 109 percent (vs. 2,857,000 in 2010 and 2,048,000 in 2006), and 44 percent and 86 percent (vs. 1.8 in 2010 and 1.4 in 2006), respectively.

In addition, ESPN, ESPN2 and ABC have posted significant audience increases in every key people and male demographic, highlighted by double-digit growth in the 18-34, 18-49 and 25-54 categories.

WatchESPN Growth Over 2010
WatchESPN has averaged 259,000 viewers in the average minute across 32 World Cup matches, which represents a six percent lift over the ESPN Networks’ English language TV audience for a total of 4,533,000 viewers across TV and WatchESPN.

In addition, WatchESPN has posted a 158 percent increase in viewers and 167 percent in minutes through the first 32 games, averaging 759,000 viewers and 33,319,000 minutes viewed per match.

Success beyond USA Matches
In addition to Sunday’s record telecast, ESPN tied the record for the highest-rated World Cup match not involving the United States on ESPN or ESPN2, averaging a 3.4 US HH rating and 5,735,000 viewers for Germany vs. Ghana on Saturday, June 21 (tied with the 2006 Italy vs. Germany semifinal). Overall, the 2014 World Cup coverage has delivered six of the highest-rated and most-viewed Group Play matches not involving a United States team on ESPN and ESPN2.

Metered Markets
Washington, D.C., led all markets for ESPN’s USA vs. Portugal telecast with a 13.3 rating, followed by Columbus (12.6), New York (12.5), Boston (11.5), Hartford/New Haven (11.3), Providence (11.2), Atlanta (11.1), Baltimore (11.0), Norfolk (10.5), Orlando (10.5) and Sacramento (10.5).

Eighteen markets recorded their highest overnight rating for a World Cup match on ESPN or ESPN2, including seven that were among the top 10 largest for the telecast: Columbus, Boston, Hartford/New Haven, Providence, Atlanta, Baltimore and Sacramento. The additional 11, ordered by highest rating: Kansas City (10.1), Dayton (8.9), St. Louis (8.7), Jacksonville (8.4), Tampa/St. Petersburg (8.3), Nashville (7.8), Greenville (7.6), Greensboro (7.5), Memphis (7.5), Pittsburgh (6.9) and Birmingham (5.8).

Overall, Washington, D.C., continues to lead all markets for matches on ESPN, ESPN2 and ABC through the first 32 games with a 5.0 average rating, followed by New York (4.3), San Francisco (4.1), Orlando (3.8), Los Angeles (3.7), Hartford/New Haven (3.7), Atlanta (3.6), San Diego (3.5), Boston (3.5), West Palm Beach (3.5) and Richmond (3.5).

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Former Terps Zusi, Gonzalez make Team USA World Cup roster

Posted on 22 May 2014 by WNST Staff

CHICAGO (May 22, 2014) – U.S. Men’s National Team head coach Jurgen Klinsmann has named the USA’s 23-player roster for the 2014 FIFA World Cup this summer in Brazil. The roster will be officially submitted to FIFA on June 2.

Klinsmann will be available at a press conference tomorrow on the campus of Stanford University in Palo Alto, California. Details on location and time will be provided shortly.

“It’s an exciting moment when you have narrowed the roster down as a coaching staff, and these 23 players that you’ve chosen can focus now purely on Brazil,” Klinsmann said. “We can go into more specific things about technical approaches, and about the opponents. For the players, it’s very important to know that they are now part of it and they can relax and know they are on the list going to Brazil and taking it from there. After almost 10 days of work right now, we thought the point has come to make the decision.”

2014 FIFA WORLD CUP – U.S. ROSTER BY POSITION | DETAILED ROSTER
GOALKEEPERS (3): Brad Guzan (Aston Villa), Tim Howard (Everton), Nick Rimando (Real Salt Lake)
DEFENDERS (8): DaMarcus Beasley (Puebla), Matt Besler (Sporting Kansas City), John Brooks (Hertha Berlin), Geoff Cameron (Stoke City), Timmy Chandler (Nürnberg), Omar Gonzalez (LA Galaxy), Fabian Johnson (Borussia Mönchengladbach), DeAndre Yedlin (Seattle Sounders FC)
MIDFIELDERS (8): Kyle Beckerman (Real Salt Lake), Alejandro Bedoya (Nantes), Michael Bradley (Toronto FC), Brad Davis (Houston Dynamo), Mix Diskerud (Rosenborg), Julian Green (Bayern Munich), Jermaine Jones (Besiktas), Graham Zusi (Sporting Kansas City)
FORWARDS (4): Jozy Altidore (Sunderland), Clint Dempsey (Seattle Sounders FC), Aron Johannsson (AZ Alkmaar), Chris Wondolowski (San Jose Earthquakes)

After naming the 30-man preliminary roster on May 12, the following seven players have been released from the U.S. MNT’s training camp: forwards Terrence Boyd and Landon Donovan, midfielders Joe Corona and Maurice Edu, and defenders Brad Evans, Clarence Goodson and Michael Parkhurst.

The seven remaining players have been placed on a standby list and are returning to their respective club teams.

The U.S. MNT will play three matches in its Send-Off Series from May 27-June 7 in San Francisco, New York and Jacksonville, Florida. The Send-Off Series kicks off with USA vs. Azerbaijan, powered by Yingli Solar, at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, May 27, at Candlestick Park in San Francisco [ TICKETS]. The USA then hosts Turkey at 2 p.m. ET on Sunday, June 1, at Red Bull Arena [TICKETS] in Harrison, New Jersey, before traveling to Jacksonville, Florida, to face Nigeria on June 7 at 6 p.m. ET at EverBank Field [TICKETS]. All three Send-Off Series matches will be broadcast live on ESPN2, WatchESPN, UniMas and ESPN Deportes Radio. Fans can also follow the games live on Twitter @ussoccer.

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Former Terps Zusi, Edu, Goodson, Gonzalez make preliminary World Cup roster

Posted on 13 May 2014 by WNST Staff

CHICAGO (May 12, 2014) – U.S. Men’s National Team head coach Jurgen Klinsmann has selected the 30-man preliminary roster for the 2014 FIFA World Cup. From this list, a squad of 23 players must be chosen by June 2 for the final roster that will travel to Brazil. A date to announce the USA’s 23-player FIFA World Cup roster has not been set.

The 30 players on the preliminary roster will begin reporting to Palo Alto, California, on May 14 for the start of training camp at Stanford University.

“First of all, we want to thank all of the players who have been a part of the process these last three years,” said Klinsmann. “It’s been an incredible journey, and everyone has worked tremendously hard. We had some difficult decisions to make, and we are very excited about the 30 players coming into camp. There is competition in every position, and these next couple of weeks will allow us to make the final determinations on the best 23-man unit to represent the United States in the World Cup.”

Under the banner of “One Nation. One Team.” the U.S. will play three matches in the Send-Off Series from May 27-June 7 in San Francisco, New York and Jacksonville, Florida. The Send-Off Series kicks off with USA vs. Azerbaijan, powered by Yingli Solar, at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, May 27, at Candlestick Park in San Francisco. The USA then hosts Turkey at 2 p.m. ET on Sunday, June 1, at Red Bull Arena in Harrison, New Jersey, before traveling to Jacksonville, Florida, to face Nigeria on June 7 at 6 p.m. ET at EverBank Field. All three Send-Off Series matches will be broadcast live on ESPN2, WatchESPN, UniMas and ESPN Deportes Radio. Fans can also follow the games live on Twitter @ussoccer.

A host of interactive events and social media programs will provide U.S. Soccer fans across the nation with unprecedented opportunities to connect with the U.S. Men’s National Team on its journey from training camp through the build-up toward the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil.

U.S. ROSTER BY POSITION
GOALKEEPERS (3) : Brad Guzan (Aston Villa), Tim Howard (Everton), Nick Rimando (Real Salt Lake)
DEFENDERS (11) : DaMarcus Beasley (Puebla), Matt Besler (Sporting Kansas City), John Brooks (Hertha Berlin), Geoff Cameron (Stoke City), Timmy Chandler (Nürnberg), Brad Evans (Seattle Sounders FC), Omar Gonzalez (LA Galaxy), Clarence Goodson (San Jose Earthquakes), Fabian Johnson (Hoffenheim), Michael Parkhurst (Columbus Crew), DeAndre Yedlin (Seattle Sounders FC)
MIDFIELDERS (10) : Kyle Beckerman (Real Salt Lake), Alejandro Bedoya (Nantes), Michael Bradley (Toronto FC), Joe Corona (Club Tijuana), Brad Davis (Houston Dynamo), Mix Diskerud (Rosenborg), Maurice Edu (Philadelphia Union), Julian Green (Bayern Munich), Jermaine Jones (Besiktas), Graham Zusi (Sporting Kansas City)
FORWARDS (6) : Jozy Altidore (Sunderland), Terrence Boyd (Rapid Vienna), Clint Dempsey (Seattle Sounders FC), Landon Donovan (LA Galaxy), Aron Johannsson (AZ Alkmaar), Chris Wondolowski (San Jose Earthquakes)

The U.S. Men’s National Team was drawn into Group G of the 2014 FIFA World Cup along with Ghana, Portugal and Germany. The U.S. opens the tournament on June 16 against Ghana, with kickoff at 6 p.m. ET (7 p.m. local) at Estadio Das Dunas in Natal, located on the northeast coast of the country in the state of Rio Grande do Norte.

The USA will then face Portugal on June 22 at 6 p.m. ET (6 p.m. local) at Arena Amazonia in Manaus, in the state of Amazonas, and will finish group play against three-time World Cup champion Germany at Arena Pernambuco in Recife, which is the capital of the state of Pernambuco and is also located on the northeast coast of the country. Kickoff for the match against Germany is at 12 p.m. ET (1 p.m. local).

ROSTER NOTES

  • Nine top-flight leagues are represented on the preliminary roster: USA’s MLS (15), England’s Premier League (4), Germany’s Bundesliga (4), Mexico’s Liga MX (2), Austria’s Bundesliga (1), France’s Ligue 1 (1), Netherlands’ Eredivisie (1), Norway’s Tippeligaen (1) and Turkey’s Super Lig (1).
  • A total of 24 clubs contribute players to the camp. The Seattle Sounders send three players to Stanford, while the LA Galaxy, Real Salt Lake, San Jose Earthquakes and Sporting Kansas City have two apiece.
  • A total of 10 players were also on the preliminary roster for the 2010 FIFA World Cup: Jozy Altidore, DaMarcus Beasley, Alejandro Bedoya, Michael Bradley, Clint Dempsey, Landon Donovan, Maurice Edu, Clarence Goodson, Brad Guzan and Tim Howard. Bedoya is the only player who did not make the trip to South Africa.
  • Beasley and Donovan have each appeared on three World Cup rosters. Dempsey and Howard have two each, while Altidore, Bradley, Edu, Goodson and Guzan all made their debut in 2010 in South Africa.
  • Three players on the roster (Beasley, Dempsey and Donovan), have more than 100 caps, while Tim Howard is set to become the 15th player in MNT history to play in 100 games.
  • At the other end of the spectrum, five players have 10 caps or less: John Brooks, Timmy Chandler, Julian Green, Aron Johannsson and DeAndre Yedlin.
  • A total of 25 players on the preliminary roster appeared in at least one FIFA World Cup qualifier in the 2014 cycle. The five who did not are Brooks, Green, Nick Rimando, Chris Wondolowski and Yedlin.

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Loyola senior Fletcher named to Team USA

Posted on 05 February 2014 by WNST Staff

Fletcher Named To U.S. National Team For 2014 World Championships

 

BALTIMORE – On the eve of the start of his senior season, Loyola University Maryland defender learned he will be one of 30 players to comprise the U.S. Men’s Lacrosse National Team that will compete at the 2014 Federation of International Lacrosse World Lacrosse Championships this July in Denver.

Fletcher, who with his teammates will open the 2014 season tomorrow night at the University of Virginia, was picked by Team USA Head Coach Richie Meade and his staff. The event will take place at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park from July 10-19 in the Mile High City. He is the lone player currently on the in college to be named to the team.

“This is a tremendous accomplishment for a great person, leader and lacrosse player,” said Charley Toomey, Loyola’s head coach. “Joe has been the example of what we want a Loyola men’s lacrosse player to be during his time here. We are extremely proud of Fletch.”

Last month, Fletcher became the highest Loyola player ever selected in the 14-year history of the Major League Lacrosse Draft. He was the third overall pick of event by the New York Lizards.

Fletcher finished last season as one of the best defenders in the nation, earning All-America First Team honors from the United States Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association (USILA). In doing so, he became the first Loyola player to earn the recognition since Gavin Prout in 2001.

The senior defender from Syracuse, N.Y., was the 2013 ECAC Lacrosse League Defensive Player of the Year as he finished the season with 64 ground balls, tops amongst close defenders in the conference. He also had 17 caused turnovers and was a key member of the Greyhounds’ clearing unit that led the nation and set a Division I record by successfully clearing the ball 95.5 percent of the time.

A noted student leader outside of lacrosse, Fletcher is co-president of Loyola’s Student-Athlete Advisory Committee, and he is one of 14 students school-wide to serve on the Green & Grey society, a group of student leaders who serve as liaisons to Loyola’s president, board of trustees and administration.

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Loyola defender Fletcher only collegiate player selected to Team USA pool

Posted on 03 September 2013 by WNST Staff

Loyola’s Fletcher Lone Collegiate Player Selected To Team USA Pool

 

BALTIMORE – On the first day of his senior year at Loyola University Maryland, men’s lacrosse defender Joe Fletcher was the only current college player selected as one of 52 who will form the United States Men’s National Team training roster for next summer’s World Cup.

 

Fletcher, who was named a First Team All-American last year by the United State Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association, was one of 94 players to compete last weekend at the training camp that led to the initial roster cut. He was one of seven collegiate players invited to that stage and the only one remaining on the roster.

 

The roster of 52 will train at a series of fall and winter events, culminating with Champion Challenge, a US Lacrosse event, where players will vie for 23 spots on the final world championships roster. The annual event will once again be hosted Jan. 24-26 at ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex in Lake Buena Vista, Fla.

 

The reigning world champion U.S. Men’s National Team will compete for a record 10th world title at the 2014 Federation of International Lacrosse (FIL) World Championships, hosted by US Lacrosse, on July 10-19, 2014, in Denver, Colo.

 

Fletcher is one of 10 defenders listed on the roster of 52 players. The 2013 ECAC Lacrosse League Defensive Player of the Year has started all 35 games Loyola has played the last two years, and he has seen action in all 48 games of his collegiate career.

 

Last season, Fletcher led all ECAC defenders in ground balls with 64 while also causing 17 turnovers in 16 games. He has been recognized as one of the top lock-down defenders in the college game over the last two seasons and also was a key member of Loyola’s clearing unit that set a collegiate record with a 95.5-percent success rate.

 

As a sophomore in 2012, Fletcher was named to the NCAA All-Tournament Team and was a starter on the Greyhounds’ defense that yielded a record-low eight goals on championship weekend to Notre Dame and Maryland. He was also an USILA All-America Honorable Mention recipient, finishing the year with 41 ground balls and 26 caused turnovers.

 

Fletcher has been a standout off the lacrosse field, as well, at Loyola. He is a member of Loyola’s Green & Grey Society, a group of 14 student leaders who serve as a liaison between the student body, Loyola’s president, administration and board of trustees. He is also Co-President of Loyola’s Student-Athlete Advisory Council and is a six-time Dean’s List honoree.

 

In addition to the Champion Challenge in January, the roster will gather for two training weekends, one in October and another in December. They are also slated to play in two other events: Play for Parkinson’s in October and at the U.S. Lacrosse Convention in January.

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Gold Cup doubleheader set for Sunday at sold out M&T Bank Stadium

Posted on 20 July 2013 by WNST Staff

CONCACAF GOLD CUP QUARTERFINALS IN BALTIMORE SOLD OUT

Record crowd expected for doubleheader featuring USA-El Salvador and Costa Rica-Honduras

MIAMI (Friday, July 19, 2013) – The Confederation of North, Central American and Caribbean Association Football (CONCACAF) announced today that the 2013 Gold Cup Quarterfinals featuring USA vs. El Salvador and Costa Rica vs. Honduras on Sunday, July 21, will be played before a sold out crowd of more than 71,000 fans at M&T Bank Stadium in Baltimore.

“The support of fans in every Gold Cup venue has been incredible,” said CONCACAF President, Jeffrey Webb.  “I am extremely happy with the news from Baltimore that Sunday’s Quarterfinal doubleheader at M&T Bank Stadium is sold out.  It will be a tremendous day for soccer, CONCACAF, the Gold Cup and the city of Baltimore.

“Once again, people will be united through our great sport.”

The Baltimore doubleheader will be the third largest CONCACAF Gold Cup Quarterfinal attendance in the tournament’s history. M&T Bank Stadium joins Cowboys Stadium (85,000 on July 19, 2009 at Arlington, Texas) and New Meadowlands Stadium (78,807 on June 28, 2011 at East Rutherford, New Jersey.

“It’s incredible to see the sustained excitement that international soccer has generated in Baltimore,” stated Roy Sommerhof, the Ravens’ vice president of stadium operations. “Fans in this region are tremendously passionate, and we’re delighted to feature a world class competition like the Gold Cup at M&T Bank Stadium.”

Kickoff for USA-El Salvador is set for 4 p.m. ET live on FOX and Univision, followed by Costa Rica-Honduras at 7 p.m. ET, live on FOX Soccer Channel and Univision. The winners of Sunday’s matches advance to the semifinals at Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, Texas, on Wednesday, July 24. The 2013 Gold Cup final, which will crown the best of the confederation, as well as secure a play-in spot to the 2017 FIFA Confederations Cup, will be played Sunday, July 28 at Chicago’s Soldier Field.

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Orioles’ Jones to play for Team USA in World Baseball Classic

Posted on 11 January 2013 by WNST Staff

Orioles center fielder Adam Jones has accepted the opportunity to play for the United State in the World Baseball Classic in March.

It is unknown how many other Orioles players might play in the tournament, but closer Jim Johnson turned down an invitation to play for Team USA earlier this winter.

Jones confirmed the news via his official Twitter account on Friday afternoon.

“Yep it’s official. Get to play for #TeamUSA. Couldn’t be prouder to play for my country #WBC #StayHungry IM AN AMERICAN,” the 27-year-old wrote.

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