April in Sports: By the Numbers
Here’s a look at the numbers behind some of the biggest sports stories this past month. Send us suggestions for next month’s edition by tweeting at @michaelkruse with the hashtag #GrantlandStats.
Average number of viewers for NBA games on TNT this year, its highest-rated, most-viewed NBA season ever: 2,498,000.
Corresponding percentage jump from last year: 6.
Average number of viewers for NBA games on NBA TV, its highest-rated, most-viewed NBA season ever: 337,000.
Corresponding percentage jump from last year: 33.
Average number of viewers for the games in the first round of the NHL playoffs on NBC, NBC Sports Network, and CNBC, making them the most-watched first round of NHL playoffs on record: 929,000.
Average number of viewers of the first night of the NFL draft on ESPN: 6.66 million.
Average number of viewers of the first night of the NFL draft on ESPN and the NFL Network combined: 8.1 million.
Number of TV series that registered all-time ratings lows that night: 7.
Amount NBC is spending on current sports rights agreements: $15 billion.
Cost of the overall Miami Marlins stadium development: $634 million.
Cost of the stadium itself: $515 million.
Amount the Marlins contributed to that: $120 million.
Percentage of Miami-Dade County voters who opted to oust Mayor Carlos Alvarez last year in a recall election partly because of the amount of public money used to build the new baseball stadium during a difficult economy: 88.
Number of games Marlins manager Ozzie Guillen was suspended in April for making pro–Fidel Castro comments to Time magazine: 5.
Average attendance at Marlins games last year: 19,007.
Average attendance at Marlins games so far this year: 30,648.
Capacity of their new stadium: 37,442.
Crowd at Ohio State’s spring football intrasquad scrimmage: 81,112.
Crowd at Alabama’s spring football intrasquad scrimmage: 78,526.
Estimated crowd at Penn State’s spring football intrasquad scrimmage: 60,000.
Amount Penn State has paid “at least” 12 public relations firms in the wake of the Jerry Sandusky scandal: $7.6 million.
Years since a sports writer has won a Pulitzer: 12.
Number of sophomore starters on Kentucky’s national championship basketball team this year: 2.
Number of freshman starters: 3.
Number of those starters who decided to leave UK early to go to the NBA: 5.
Games played in Jeremy Lin’s NBA career: 64.
Points averaged in those games: 9.2.
Games he’s played in the past month: 0.
NBA rank in individual jersey sales: 2.
Kobe Bryant’s jersey rank: 3.
LeBron James’s jersey rank: 4.