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America’s Most-Passionate Sports Fans 2020 | The Countdown | Forbes

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America’s stadiums may be silent, but its fans aren’t, and the Cheeseheads of Green Bay are proving that they are the loudest of them all: The Lambeau loyalists come out on top in the Forbes ranking of the best fans in sports.

Measuring passion is a tricky thing. Crazy certainly helps, but Pope hats, gold and black death paint, and gladiator getups aren’t the reason New Orleans Saints fans rank third on our list. We look at more concrete evidence, including television ratings, game attendance, merchandise sales and social media reach. We evaluated every one of North America’s 123 professional teams in the NBA, the NFL, the NHL and MLB.

One takeaway: NFL fans are the most devoted, with fans of the league’s 32 teams grabbing six of the top ten spots. The most blasé? Hockey and baseball fans, each with only one franchise represented.

The Forbes best fans ranking looks at local television ratings (per Nielsen), stadium attendance based on capacity reached, secondary ticket demand (per StubHub), merchandise sales (per Fanatics), social media reach (Facebook and Twitter followers based on the team’s metro area population) and hometown crowd reach (defined by Nielsen as a percentage of the metropolitan area population that watched, attended and/or listened to a game in the last year) of the biggest sports leagues in North America. Information for women’s sports leagues was unavailable. Although some information was unavailable for some Canadian teams, there was enough to include them here, and those teams were not penalized for the missing information in the ranking. The ranking accounts for bandwagon fans by factoring in three years of data to offset any single-season anomalies. To be fair in determining social media reach, in the multi-team markets, we divided the population accordingly. Merchandise is based on units moved, not dollars spent. No correlation was noted between Forbes’ annual NBA, NFL, NHL or MLB valuations and this ranking.

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Entrepreneur Christine Souffrant Ntim On Her No Excuses Approach To Her Work | Unfiltered | Forbes

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This week on Unfiltered, we spoke with Vendedy Founder Christine Souffrant Ntim about how she structures her days to most efficient, why young people should grow up to be themselves, and about her no excuses approach to her work.

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The Most Valuable Sports Teams 2011-2020 | Forbes

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Fans are stuck at home, seasons are at risk, and revenue is plummeting. Things might seem terrible for professional sports, but amazingly most of the world’s top franchises are worth more this year than last.

A decade ago, U.K. soccer club Manchester United was the most valuable team on earth in 2010 at $1.83 billion. That honor now belongs to the Dallas Cowboys, who top the Forbes ranking of the 50 Most Valuable Sports Teams for the fifth straight year, at $5.5 billion, edging out the $5 billion New York Yankees. For Cowboys owner Jerry Jones and New York’s Steinbrenner family, it may as well be paper profit. Only one team in the top 35—MLB’s Los Angeles Dodgers, in 2012—has changed hands in the past decade, which explains how the Mets, No. 41 at $2.4 billion, became one of the hottest tickets in sports.

“There is no lack of multi-billionaires that want to get into the sports business right now,” says Sal Galatioto, whose namesake investment firm has handled team transactions for the Chicago Cubs, the Golden State Warriors, the Philadelphia 76ers and other marquee sports properties. “People will pay a premium. They buy these teams not just on the numbers, but on the brand value.”

That value is dominated by the NFL, even after a ten-year run by the NBA lifted its average team value nearly sixfold, more than any other U.S. sports league. Football claims 27 spots on the ranking, a reflection not only of its massive stadium draws but also its TV appeal. Of the 100 top broadcasts in 2019, 88 were sporting events and 73 were NFL games. The NFL’s current U.S. TV rights are worth $6.5 billion on average per year, a number expected to nearly double in a new deal currently being hashed out, according to sports media consultant Lee Berke of LHB Sports. To help afford it, Fox even backed out of a 12-year deal to broadcast golf’s U.S. Open, with the savings expected to help bankroll a potential $2 billion-a-year NFL deal.

Read the full profile on Forbes: https://www.forbes.com/sites/kurtbadenhausen/2020/07/31/the-worlds-most-valuable-sports-teams-2020/#b77b4f3c7498

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How Fine Art Is Closing Deals On Multi-Million Dollar Homes | Forbes

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The luxury real estate game continues to evolve. It’s about more than just the house itself – it’s about selling a perceived lifestyle. To help buyers imagine themselves draped in heightened taste, realtors are turning to staging collections of fine art and sculptures, which has created a niche business opportunity for those closely connected to the art world.

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