NFL Records 93 of 100 Most-watched US TV Broadcasts in 2023
The NFL has dominated television in recent years, and 2023’s ratings are strong proof. Sportico recently published Nielson data of last year’s television viewership, and sporting events were 96 of the top 100 most-watched TV broadcasts of 2023. Of those 96 telecasts, 93 were NFL games, most watched in real-time. The Dallas Cowboys were the biggest ratings drivers, recording an average draw of 25.2 million viewers per game across 13 national TV appearances. The most-viewed program in 2023 was the Super Bowl LVII thriller between the Philadelphia Eagles and the Kansas City Chiefs, drawing over 115 million viewers.
Utah Jazz, Shaun White's WHITESPACE Collab on Snowboard & Apparel Collection
On Friday, the Utah Jazz and WHITESPACE, the active lifestyle brand founded by three-time Olympic gold medalist Shaun White, announced a new collection to honor the 50th season of the Jazz franchise while celebrating White‘s prolific snowboarding career. The limited-release capsule comprises four jackets and three snowboards, which feature WHITESPACE and Jazz imagery. Priced at $800 and $500 for the snowboards and jackets, respectively, products will be available exclusively in person at the Utah Jazz team store inside the Delta Center on Jan. 11.
Stephen Curry Assists Callaway Golf in Uninterrupted Coverage of The Sentry
Callaway Golf will provide uninterrupted coverage of the final hour of The Sentry broadcast live on Golf Channel and Peacock, with the coverage getting a kick-start with a personal welcome from Callaway ambassador, Golden State Warriors star Stephen Curry. Sunday’s continual coverage of the final round of the first PGA Tour event of the 2024 season is scheduled to begin around 7 p.m. ET, with Curry getting the show started. The four-time NBA Finals champion will promote the new Chrome Tour golf ball, officially released by Callaway on Wednesday. Last June, Callaway presented uninterrupted final-hour coverage of the 2023 KPMG Women’s PGA Championship on NBC and Peacock.
Former WNBA Player, NCAA Coach Raegan Pebley Named New LA Sparks GM
The Los Angeles Sparks announced Friday the hiring of former WNBA player Raegan Pebley as general manager, replacing Karen Bryant, who will focus solely on the team’s business operations. Drafted by the Utah Starzz as the 21st overall pick in the 1997 draft, Pebley played in the WNBA from 1997-98. She was a TV analyst for the Dallas Wings from 2016-23 and served on the Women’s Basketball Coaches Association board from 2018-23. As a head coach, Pebley boasts stints at Utah State, Fresno State, and most recently, nine seasons at TCU, finishing with an overall record of 283-268. The Sparks have the No. 2 & 12 overall picks in the 2024 WNBA Draft.
US Jobs Increase by 216K in December, Beating Economists' Projections
Employers added 216,000 jobs in December and the unemployment rate was unchanged at 3.7%, the US Labor Department said on Friday. CNBC notes that this beats Wall Street economists surveyed by Dow Jones, who had only predicted a 170,000 increase in payroll. The most significant job increases in Friday’s report were seen in government, where 52,000 jobs were added. Meanwhile, healthcare added 38,000 jobs. Considering amendments to previous months’ counts, the report brought 2023 job gains to 2.7 million, or a monthly average of 225,000, down from 4.8 million (399,000/month) in 2022.
Fat Joe, Jelly Roll, Wyclef Jean to Advocate For Healthcare Transparency in DC
Fat Joe, Jelly Roll, and Wyclef Jean announced plans on Friday to team up with Power To The Patients for an event in Washington, DC, on Jan. 10 to advocate for a more affordable and equitable healthcare system through price transparency. Joined by leaders in Congress and other government officials, the artists will shed light on injustices created when hospitals and insurers hide prices, which stifles competition and leads to other problems. Fat Joe will also serve as emcee, while Jelly Roll and Wyclef Jean will perform. This event follows a September 2023 effort where Joe tapped Rick Ross, Busta Rhymes, French Montana, Method Man, and Chuck D to unveil a PSA demanding elected officials commit to price transparency to allow for more honest, affordable, and equitable healthcare nationwide.