Trying to Measure the LeBron Effect on Game Attendance

LeBron James may not show up for the Miami Heat next year, but whichever team he ends up with is likely to see a huge economic bump. James puts people in the seats.After reports leaked Tuesday that James would exercise his early-termination option in his contract with the Heat, some speculated that he’ll actually stay in South Beach next season. But teams are itching to clear cap space in the hopes of signing the NBA forward.We know plenty about James’s value on the court, but to get some sense of his economic value, we looked at how attendance changed before and while he was on the Cavaliers and Heat. As a baseline, the average NBA team’s attendance is about 90 percent capacity over the course of the season, but that varies wildly depending on a team’s winning percentage. (It also presumably fluctuates throughout a season.) I looked at NBA teams’ winning percentage and home-game attendance from the 2001-02 season through the 2013-14 season, and found that a team that wins 80 percent of its games — roughly 66 games in a season, probably the best record in the league — should average 100 percent capacity. Comparatively, a team that wins only 20 percent of its games will, on average, sell 80 percent of its tickets.It’s easy to see why winning fills arenas. Wins excite fans, give them hope for a potential championship, and (hopefully) are a display of entertaining basketball. James helps do that better than nearly anybody. Even controlling for success, a “LeBron Effect” materialized in the data. The teams he’s played for — the 2004 through 2010 Cavs and the 2011 though 2014 Heat — have home-attendance averages of 98.0 percent capacity, well above what their records would predict. Nearly all of James’s teams have sold tickets at higher rates than we’d expect for how well they performed. Note how for every season but one, his teams are above the line in the chart below.(Attendance here is measured by capacity, or the percentage of available seats sold. Sometimes capacity percentages rise above 100 percent because of imperfect stadium data, whether standing-room-only tickets are counted, etc.)Interestingly, James sells out even more so on the road, perhaps because he’s more of a novelty when traveling. Over the past six seasons — his last two with the Cavs and all four with the Heat — James’s teams away capacity has averaged 99.5 percent. (Because of imperfect data on away game attendance capacity, only the past six seasons were analyzed.) It’s no surprise that the relationship between a team’s winning percentage and its draw while traveling is much weaker — that is, the curve is flatter. But adjusting for how good the Cavs or Heat were in a given season, those teams with James on them sold out the house. Look how far above the line James teams are now:This analysis does not account for ticket prices, merchandise sales or any of the other revenue channels for James’s teams, so it’s just the beginning of the conversation about his economic worth. But wherever he ends up, two things are likely to continue: His team will sell out the home stadium, and his opponents’ box offices will be sad to see him go. read more

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Former LSU Tigers Tyrann Mathieu Arrested

Former LSU Tigers cornerback Tyrann Mathieu has all but sure eliminated the possible return to the team after being arrested Thursday on drug-related charges along with three former Tigers.In a statement from the Baton Rouge Police Department, former LSU quarterback Jordan Jefferson and Mathieu were charged with simple possession of marijuana. Former Tigers linebacker Karnell Hatcher was also arrested and charged with simple possession, while former defensive back Derrick Bryant is facing the heaviest charge of possession with intent to distribute and possession of drug paraphernalia.Police reported receiving a phone call to the apartment complex in which Mathieu occupied, after an unknown male forced his way through the security gate,  later to be  identified as Jefferson by BRPD.The police went to 20-year-old Mathieu’s apartment and when he answered the door officers could smell a high presence of marijuana. Mathieu gave consent for authorities to search the apartment and they discovered a marijuana grinder, a digital scale and 10 bags of high-grade marijuana, seven of which were found in Bryant’s backpack.Mathieu, who is better known as the “Honey Badger,” was kicked off the team by head coach Les Miles for failing multiple drug tests. The 2011 Heisman Trophy finalist entered a drug rehabilitation center and enrolled back into LSU as a regular student with hopes of returning to the field in 2013.Even if Mathieu had not been arrested Thursday, his return could have been more complicated than thought.  In a recent feature on Mathieu in Sports Illustrated, the article alleges he engaged in impermissible promotional activities – mainly involving a group called New Era of which Mathieu was a member – among other things.The article describes Mathieu using his notoriety to advertise parties for Era Nation and The Palace, a club in the Baton Rouge area.  They added that Mathieu knew pictures taken of him would be used for promotional purposes since he received access to the club’s VIP area.With the release of this article putting Mathieu’s eligibility on the line with a possible return to football, the Mathieu family took issue with the claims by the magazine.“The twisted things and cobbled together details from past articles because we wouldn’t sit down with them,” Sheila Mathieu told Fox 8 Sports. “We have always believed in being a tight-knit family. God first, family second, work and school third. That’s what Tyrann is doing now, and he’s on an avenue to success, make good grades and putting his life in order.”One thing is evident for the former LSU punt returner and game changer, his ‘avenue to success’ has taken another major hit.  This latest arrest has possibly ended his career as a college football player and any aspirations of reaching the NFL. read more

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Royce White NBA Must Address Flying Other Mental Health

Royce White has a severe fear of flying, which has prevented the talented rookie forward of the Houston Rockets from getting his NBA career off the ground. More significantly, White said his playing career will stay grounded until the NBA creates a protocol for teams to treat players with mental defects.Because the Rockets have no formal game plan on how to work with White’s anxiety disorder, he said the chances are “very high” he will never play in the league. He and the team are at a stalemate on how to handle his delicate situation, leaving White on the sideline.“The reality is that it is not Houston’s fault,” White said on SiriusXM’s “Off the Dribble” show. “As much as we always want to try and blame one side or the other, they’ve been thrown into a position now where they’re forced to make things up as they go, because a protocol has not been put in place for mental health up until this point.”The Rockets are trying to accommodate the No. 16 pick in June’s NBA draft. They and White have consulted mental health experts for a plan that would allow White to travel to road games via bus or car.In the meantime, the Rockets have asked White to play for their D-League team, the Rio Grande Valley Vipers, but the player has refused. His frustrations with the situation mounts, but he insists he would like to be a Rocket.“I don’t really think going to another team is something that would be better,” White, 21, said on the SiriusXM show. “And it’s not something that I want to do. I want to play for Houston. I love the city of Houston. Since I’ve been here, the fans have been nothing but supportive — that I’ve met in person. Twitter has been different. The fans that I’ve met in person have been supportive.“The community here is great. I have a lot of friends that work in the organization, in the building, that aren’t even related to practice or the game, so to speak. So I have no intention or desire to play for another team.”Besides, his concerns would exist with any other team.“There’s no mental health protocol here, for not only the Rockets but the entire league, really,” he said. “I expressed that that’s really unsafe if you think about it. So, basically, I’m fighting to have that rectified. I just don’t think it is OK or responsible or even logical to have GMs or any front office personnel have executive authority in medical situations.” read more

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Top recruit Amir Williams commits to Mattas class of 2015

A 93-75 win wasn’t the only victory the Ohio State men’s basketball team achieved over Florida this week. The Buckeyes also beat out the Gators for one of the top center prospects in the country. Amir Williams, a 6-foot-10-inch center from Country Day High School in Detroit, announced Wednesday his decision to play college basketball for coach Thad Matta and the Buckeyes. Williams, who Rivals.com ranks as the seventh-best center in the country, waited until near the end of the signing period to choose OSU over  Florida, Duke and Pittsburgh. “He felt that it was closer to home,” said Kurt Keener, Williams’ high school coach. “Though more than anything else, he felt that the style of play at Ohio State, and the success they’ve had with preparing guys with going from college to the pro ranks, was what ultimately had him decide on the Buckeyes.” Country Day has produced some high-caliber basketball players, including Chris Webber and Shane Battier. Keener said Williams is solid defensively and has a nice mid-range game but still needs to work on his overall offensive game. “There’s things that you can’t coach in a player. You can’t coach somebody to be 6-foot-10 or 6-foot-11. You can’t coach their passion for the game or their intensity. He has those things,” Keener said. “The things he has to work on, whether it be the footwork or the pump fakes, all of those things are very much teachable things. If he’s healthy and he listens and learns, I could see him being an All-Big Ten player with a chance to play in the NBA someday.” read more

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Students impress in qualifiers for race against Ohio States Dontre Wilson Devin

Runners relax post-race while Fernando Lovo, football operations coordinator, speaks of the next step in the process, the semifinals to be held April 5. Fastest Student Race took place March 26 at the Woody Hayes Center as part of the preliminary rounds to race against OSU football players at the Spring Game. Credit: Kathleen Martini / Oller reporterThey’ve long been called some of the best fans in the land, but Ohio State students might also have earned the title of some of the fastest in the land.With many current and formers Buckeyes looking on, 41 Ohio State students showed up to the Woody Hayes Athletic Center Wednesday, looking to compete for a chance to race against sophomore running back Dontre Wilson and senior wide receiver Devin Smith at halftime of OSU’s Spring Game April 12.Once the competitors toed the line and went back in their stances, the onlookers were more than impressed.“Believe it or not, some of the times that we have here are even faster than we had when we did this at (the University of) Florida. It’s pretty impressive,” Fernando Lovo, OSU’s football operations coordinator, said following the event. “These kids were unbelievable. It was really impressive.”While Lovo would not reveal the names of the competitors who advanced to the next round — which is set to take place at OSU’s Student Appreciation Day April 5  — he did reveal some of the 40-yard dash times that impressed him.“We had a 4.4 (seconds) — that was our fastest time,” Lovo said. “We also had a 4.51, 4.53, 4.52 and a 4.6, so there were some great times.”After hearing whispers in the locker room, Wilson made his way to the field size up his future competition. While he was also impressed with what he saw on the turf, the sophomore couldn’t find anyone who would beat him.“It’s possible,” Wilson said, who has been clocked at 4.33 seconds in a 40-yard dash since joining the Buckeyes. “But I’m not going to let that happen.”Despite being noticed as one of the faster runners in the competition, Colwyn Headley, a fourth-year in microbiology, agreed with Wilson in his prediction.“Dontre is probably like a world-class sprinter,” Headley said, with a big smile on his face. “I’m just a poser if anything.”John Findley, a second-year in sports management, however, thought he had a real shot at the speedy sophomore.“I’m going to give 110 percent,” Findley said. “Dontre is a really nice guy, but I really want to try to beat him.”Marcus Perry, a second-year in aerospace engineering, echoed Findley’s confidence, saying he too had a legitimate chance beating Wilson in Ohio Stadium.“I was a sprinter in high school, so I have a decent chance,” Perry said. “I just hope I get a decent start. I’m a little bit out of shape, but I’m hoping for the best.”While he was focused on the task at hand, Findley wanted to take the time to appreciate the opportunity coach Urban Meyer had afforded them.“Coach Meyer is an awesome coach,” Findley said. “Every day you don’t get to meet the fastest running back or wide receiver on the Buckeyes or even get to watch a practice on this field. It’s pretty awesome.”The students who are set to run in the next round of races April 5 at OSU’s Student Appreciation Day will be notified privately in the coming days, Lovo said. He did not say whether or not their names would be made public before the next set of races. read more

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Mens Basketball No 17 Ohio State bounces back with 7156 win against

“I thought defensively, they were very very tough. I know around the basket especially around the paint things were hard. That made it for a difficult night for us.”Redshirt junior forward Keita Bates-Diop, who entered the game leading Ohio State with 19.9 points per game, struggled in the first half, shooting only 3-for-7 from the field and missing both 3-point attempts. But a layup by Bates-Diop ended a 2:36 scoring drought for the Buckeyes with just over two minutes remaining in the first half. He finished the game with his ninth double-double of the season, scoring 13 points and led all players with 13 rebounds. Bates-Diop also led the game with a career-high five assists.Though he got off to a slow start, Bates-Diop was able to impact in other ways, demonstrating effective passes while also adding four blocks to his line score.“People continue to be really physical with him and he struggled with that at times. I think people are being extremely physical with him and he’s just got to handle it better,” head coach Chris Holtmann said. “But he still had a major impact on the game with his ability to as you mentioned, five assists, four blocks, 13 rebounds. That’s what good players do is they find other ways to impact the game and he did that.”The Buckeyes started the game hot, making 17-of-27 shots from the field in the first half.Ohio State was hitting shots from all over the court. The Buckeyes went on another 10-0 run over 3:17 with 8:35 remaining in the first half, starting with a 3-pointer from sophomore forward Andre Wesson and capped off by a shot-clock-beating jumper by senior forward Jae’Sean Tate. Tate finished the game with a team-leading 16 points and six rebounds. The Buckeyes held a commanding 38-23 lead heading into halftime. At the half, the Buckeyes totaled 16 defensive rebounds and three offensive rebounds. Ohio State finished the game with a 39-26 rebound advantage. With a made layup 47 seconds into the second half that put the Buckeyes up 42-25, Tate reached 1,400 points in his collegiate career. Tate tipped in a miss from junior guard C.J. Jackson that gave the Buckeyes a 56-37 lead and Tate his 700th career rebound. Freshman center Kaleb Wesson led the Scarlet and Gray with 10 points at halftime. He finished the game 7-for-7 from the floor and totaled 14 points and five rebounds. “It’s all great, but I just want to win. None of those really mean anything if you’re not winning games,” Tate said. “I think that’s just been my mindset all along. I’m a winner. Milestones are cool but I really want to get a ring this year.”Indiana sophomore guard Devonte Green finished the game pacing all players with 20 points off 6-for-10 shooting, including 4-of-5 from 3-point range. Ohio State freshman forward Kaleb Wesson (34) looks to make a move into the lane in the first half against Indiana on Jan. 30 in the Schottenstein Center. Credit: Jack Westerheide | Photo EditorOhio State (19-5, 10-1) got back on track with a 71-56 win against Indiana (12-11, 5-6) to improve to 10-1 in conference play Tuesday night.The Buckeyes shot 56 percent from the field, compared to 36 percent from the Hoosiers. Though both teams struggled from beyond the arc with neither shooting above 33 percent from 3-point range, Ohio State dominated inside, outscoring the Hoosiers 40-26 in points in the paint.The Buckeyes went on a 10-0 run with 14:39 remaining in the first half, taking a 14-5 lead and never looking back. During that run, Indiana missed all of their five field goal tries and were scoreless for 3:22 until junior forward Juwan Morgan’s shot rolled around the rim and into the basket.For Indiana head coach Archie Miller, the physicality of the Buckeyes made it difficult for the Hoosiers to stay competitive in the game. read more

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Mens Volleyball No 11 Ohio State returns to winning ways with straightset

Redshirt sophomore Jake Hanes (16) anticipates making contact with the ball at the game against George Mason on Jan. 18 at St. John Arena in Columbus. Credit: Ethan Clewell | Senior Reporter.A frustrating stretch of three straight losses hung over the No. 11 Ohio State men’s volleyball team (3-3) prior to Saturday’s match against Erskine, the longest winless stretch it has experienced since the 2013-14 season.Yet, the Buckeyes quickly found themselves back to their winning ways as they broke their three-game losing streak with a dominant, straight-set victory over Erskine (1-5), 25-12, 25-22 and 25-17.Ohio State men’s volleyball head coach Pete Hanson called a team meeting Saturday morning to discuss what happened in the home loss to George Mason on Friday.“I kind of asked the guys, hey, what did they think about as they reflected back on the match,” Hanson said.He noticed that a lot of the same things were mentioned.“They didn’t play with a lot of energy,” Hanson said. “They weren’t really committed to what we needed to do to beat a good team, and consequently a good team beat us.” The Buckeyes proved their commitment early on Saturday when they tallied 16 of the final 21 points in the first set, cruising to 25-12 victory.Despite 19 service errors in the match, Ohio State used six aces and 9.5 blocks to finish Erskine in straight sets.Two of those aces came from sophomore opposite hitter Jake Hanes, also adding 12 kills, eight digs and contributing on five blocks for the Buckeyes.But Hanes was outpaced in the kill category for the first time this season, as sophomore outside hitter Martin Lallemand tallied 13 kills, adding two aces and contributing on two blocks.Looking to build on the one-sided first set, Ohio State jumped out to an early second set lead, but eight service errors kept the Buckeyes from pulling away. But a kill by redshirt senior middle blocker Blake Leeson began a 3-0 scoring run, pushing the Buckeye lead to 21-17.Leeson also helped jumpstart a 7-1 run by the Buckeyes to start the third set with a two kills and an ace, leading to 25-17 victory.Though Leeson was productive, hitting 11 kills on 13 attacks for an .846 hitting percentage, he recognized the team still has room for improvement.“There are a lot of things we have to do mentally to fix some issues that we have,” Leeson said. “I think that with each game, with the young group that we do have playing on the court right now, I think that [experience] will help that.”Ohio State also had a significant contribution from the bench.Freshman middle blocker Ethan Talley made the most of his time on the court, adding three kills and contributing on a team-high seven blocks.Ohio State will return to action against conference foe Ball State at 7 p.m. on Saturday in Muncie, Indiana. read more

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Boy 13 dies after Ferrari F50 supercar he is travelling in crashes

first_imgFerrari F50 Ferrari F50s now sell for as much as £1.5million. Library imageCredit:Tom Wood/Alamy  Floral tributes at the scene of the Ferrari crash Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. A 13-year-old boy has died after the £1.2million Ferrari he was travelling in ploughed through a wooden fence.A 37-year-old man was also seriously injured when the Ferrari F50 lost control on a quiet road in Hook, Hamphire, around 8.35pm on Monday. Police confirmed on Tuesday night it was the older passenger who was driving. The pair are not related. The classic vehicle, one of only 349 ever made, has a top speed of more than 200mph. Hampshire Constabulary did not confirm whether they were wearing seatbelts. The teenager, from the Winchester area, suffered fatal injuries and was pronounced dead at the scene. The older passenger, from Surrey, is being treated at the North Hampshire Hospital where his condition is described as stable.Locals living in nearby North Warnborough said they heard sirens, saw flashing lights and watched as a helicopter circled overhead.One said: “I could see the lights from the window at the top of the stairs and there was a helicopter circling for a while. It landed on the field just next to that road.”A man working on the nearby industrial estate said he had seen the classic red Ferrari parked earlier in the day.He said: “It stands out, doesn’t it, it’s not a car you see every day. It was parked up here.“I saw the fence broken in when I got in his morning because I get in quite early but at that time I had no idea. I didn’t look that bad but I heard that a little boy died which is terrible.” Floral tributes at the scene of the Ferrari crashCredit:Solent Regulars in the nearby Derby Inn said that the pub was busy at the time of the crash, with witnesses saying they saw sirens and emergency vehicles.The access road where the crash took place leads to Toy Stor-Age, a bespoke luxury car storage facility.Toy Stor-Age is owned by Matt Cobden, 37. Nobody was present at the site on Tuesday to comment.A Hampshire police spokesman confirmed details of the crash: “There were two people inside the vehicle, which was a red Ferrari F50, a 37-year-old man from Surrey and a 13-year-old boy from the Winchester area,” they said.  “Sadly, the teenager suffered life-threatening injuries and was pronounced dead at the scene.“The 37-year-old suffered serious injuries and is being treated at the North Hampshire Hospital where his condition is described as stable.”Officers are continuing to investigate the exact circumstances of this collision are appealing for any witnesses who may have been in the area to come forward.A South Central Ambulance Service spokeswoman confirmed they attended the scene.“We treated two patients – a young teenager, who was unfortunately pronounced dead at the scene, and a man in his thirties who was assessed and taken to North Hampshire hospital in Basingstoke by road,” she said.last_img read more

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Woman who worked on Highgrove estate died after drowning in undiscovered well

first_img Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. Her body was only discovered when her daughter, Madelaine, looked out of an upstairs window and noticed a hole in the courtyard that had not been there before. On going out to the garden, she found her mother face down and submerged in water. An inquest in Gloucester yesterday heard Ms Nadiotis is believed to have fallen down the well two hours before she was discovered. A post-mortem revealed that other than minor bruising on the back of the head, Ms Nadiotis had not suffered any other internal or external injuries but she was showing all the features of having drowned. The report said her hands and feet were waterlogged and she had a “washer women look”. Her head and neck were congested, and her lungs were over-inflated, which are all characteristics of drowning. A woman who worked on the royal Highgrove estate died after falling down a well in her garden that had lain undiscovered for many years, an inquest heard. Irena Nadiotis, 58, was gardening at the back of a Grade II listed property in Tetbury, Gloucestershire, when the ground underneath her collapsed and she plunged 50ft down the well.  It seems the ground gave way underneath her and she fell into the well, rendering her unconscious and becoming submergedSenior Coroner Katie Skerrett Sergeant Adam Williams, who attended the scene, said he spoke to Ms Nadiotis’ daughter who said she had no idea the well, which was located under the flagstones of the 17th century property’s rear courtyard, existed.A guest staying in the property, which had been being used as a B&B, had taken a photograph which “made it apparent there was no well earlier that day”, Sgt Williams said.  Senior Coroner Katie Skerrett called it a “tragic accident”. “It seems the ground gave way underneath her and she fell into the well, rendering her unconscious and becoming submerged,” she said. “I agree with the post-mortem report that all the features consist with drowning and therefore record this as an accidental death”, she concluded.At the time of her death, Ms Nadiotis was described by Highgrove staff as being a “cherished” member of the team. last_img read more

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