Rise of the Planet of the Smartphones

In recent years, mobile devices have had the fast rise in usage for sports viewing. In 2010, mobile usage a mere 30% in comparison to broadband’s 73%. In 4 years, mobile usage increased a total of 25%. While I am not surprised, it is interesting how attached we are becoming to our phones. I am by no means criticizing our increased usage of mobile devices. (I almost typed this on my phone!) With the increasing involvement of media into the sports world, our phones and tablets have become the proverbial hammer in building the media’s successful relationship with sports. I have the Bleacher Report Team Stream app on my phone. Neilsen reports that it is the 3rd most used app for sports. There is never a moment that i do not have at least 2 updates on my phone. I follow multiple teams from NFL, NBA, BBVA La liga, Barclays premier league, and even the select players who were on my fantasy team.

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The NFL is Potential the most marketable league in the Country. Advertisement has even altered how the games are played. Timeouts are given just so that advertisements can be drilled into the minds of audience. Top advertisers like Bud Light, Chevy Silverado, and Verizon draw in hundreds of million of viewers every year. For the Grand finale of the season, the Super Bowl, hundreds of millions of viewers are sucked in for just that one game. The Superbowl isn’t just a competition. It is a game,  commercial ad happy hour(or happy 5 hrs),  and has 2 concerts. Because Yes!! Americans need  Metallica the night before and Cold Play the day of. Did I mention that Bruno Mars and Queen BEE (Beyonce)  are making appearances?!. It would be safe to bet 200 million viewers this year. Beyonce brings in the fans.

Money and Economics influences the total operation of the NFL.  The concert artist receive 100+ percent increase in album sales after the Superbowl. Because of advertisements, viewers are almost 50% more like to drink beer in the past week, and almost 30% more likely to buy expensive jewelry.

The NFL’s Advertisers heavily  pushes forth the tough guy, blue collar mentality. Football , since its beginning has been viewed as a sport for the brute and tough. With advertisers like Chevrolet and Bud light, the blue collar guy has the go-to truck to drive to work and the perfect brew to drink during breaks.

 

 

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2 thoughts on “Rise of the Planet of the Smartphones”

  1. A very appropriate title. It’s amazing the power that such a small device can have on the world of sports. We are never without updates on our favorite team’s status or transactions. It always makes me wonder how many people would function if we were ever forced to revert back to a world of no smart phones…

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  2. Just like the radio overtook the newspaper and television took over for the radio, media will always change with technological advances. Being a Verizon costumer, I can tell you that having a partner ship with the NFL has its benefits. You cannot buy a new phone from Verizon that doesn’t come with a pre-installed NFL mobile app. Marketablity will continue to grow as these organization continue to skyrocket independently.

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