2013 MINOR League Baseball Attendance Analysis (PDF)
Source: Number Tamer
+ Baseball’s Minor Leagues, in particular, those affiliated with the Major Leagues, were hit hard by the weather in 2013. Yet despite many more postponements than usual, especially early in the season, attendance held up quite well.
+ Combined attendance for NAPBL – known as ‘Minor League Baseball’ (Major League affiliated) leagues, and from those independent leagues who reported regular season attendance, was 48,262,074 in 2013, down 146,242 (0.3%) from 2012. Combined attendance rose 0.7% in 2012, and fell 2.9% in 2011, 0.1% in 2010, and 3.8% in 2009.
+ The 181 post-season NAPBL games, including the Mexican League, drew 701,216, an average of 3,874 per game. Mexican League teams averaged 10,149 per game in the playoffs. Attendance data was available for 45 independent league post-season games, and they drew 103,963, an average of 2,310. 10 NAPBL All-Star games drew a combined 67,782.
+ In 2013, there were 176 NAPBL teams that reported attendance, the same number as in 2012. There were 53 independent league teams reporting attendance, down from 55 teams in 2012. The independent North American League ceased operations after 2012. Some of its teams moved to the new United League or to the new Pacific Association.
See also: 2013 Preliminary Major League Baseball Attendance Review (PDF)
Tyndall Report — 2013 Year in Review
Source: Tyndall Report
2013 marks the year when ABC World News finally rejected the mission of presenting a serious newscast. ABC covered all four of the major domestic policy stories least heavily: the Budget debate, the Healthcare rollout, Gun control, and National Security Agency surveillance. Same with foreign policy: ABC spent least time on the civil war in Syria and its chemical weapons disarmament, the military coup in Egypt, and on Afghanistan.
Instead, ABC stepped up its coverage of Sports and Show Business, and highlighted morning-style reporters Ginger Zee (weather) and Paula Faris (personal finance tips). Weather aside, the only major stories that ABC covered competitively were True Crime — the George Zimmerman trial and Ariel Castro’s Cleveland hell house — and Celebrity: London’s baby prince. ABC’s newscast is now certifiably Disneyfied.
All three newscasts overcovered the Story of the Year. The pressure-cooker bombs at the finish line of the Boston Marathon killed only three people. Yet emotional video from the scene and an all-out manhunt in a grieving city made up for the lack of carnage.
In contrast to ABC, NBC’s DC Bureau was heavily used, housing four of the top eight correspondents, led by Tom Costello, a latterday Robert Hager. Yet it was CBS that covered both foreign policy and those four major policy debates in most depth. Unusually, Nancy Cordes, its lead Beltway correspondent, was based on Capitol Hill rather than at the White House.
The Most Newsworthy Man of the Year was Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, who kept the Boston manhunt alive. The Woman was Health Secretary Kathleen Sebelius for botching Obamacare.
2014′s Gayest Cities in America
The most LGBT-friendly places in America, according to our ever-rotating criteria, are some of what you expect, and a lot of what you don’t.
It’s not all piano bars, gender-specific music festivals, and giant disco houses (although we all love some of those things) that make these cities the gayest in America. You say you’re shocked Los Angeles, San Francisco, and New York City aren’t at the top of the list, this year and every year? What kind of fun would that be? (Spoiler alert: San Francisco comes in at No. 11.) This year’s criteria, designed to uncover the hidden factors that give a city its queer cred, include points for a city’s LGBT elected officials (and fractional points for the state’s elected officials), points for the percentage of the population comprised by lesbian-coupled households, a point for a gay rodeo association, points for bars listed in Out magazine’s 200 Best Bars list, a point per women’s college, and points for concert performances by Mariah Carey, Pink, Lady Gaga, or the Jonas Brothers. The raw score is divided by the population to provide a ranking based on a per capita LGBT quotient.
100 Most Influential People in US Defense
Source: Defense News
The Defense News 100 Most Influential People in US Defense is back, but it’s a bit different from last year.
This year’s list focuses more on policy, budget and strategic issues, and less on personnel and veterans issues.
The list also includes a number of foreign leaders, notably the most influential person in US defense: Chinese Premier Xi Jinping. Since foreign leaders — including Xi, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani and others — have such a strong impact on US defense spending, we felt it appropriate to include them on this list.
Another major change is including members of the Joint Chiefs Staff as individuals, as opposed to grouping them into a single entry. Service chiefs distinguish themselves and their services to varying degrees. All of the chiefs made the top third of the list.
There are more than two dozen other newcomers to this year’s list. Some are folks who didn’t make the cut last year, while others are people who have assumed positions of influence. A year ago, no one knew Edward Snowden, the former National Security Agency contractor who leaked classified descriptions of widespread US government spying. Now he’s a household name.
Some of the list’s biggest movers between 2012 and 2013 were people who left government or became key players in President Barack Obama’s administration.
The high cost of cheap chicken
Source: Consumer Reports
When you shop at your favorite grocery store, you probably assume that the food on display is safe to take home. But in the poultry aisle, that simple assumption could make you very sick. Consumer Reports’ recent analysis of more than 300 raw chicken breasts purchased at stores across the U.S. found potentially harmful bacteria lurking in almost all of the chicken, including organic brands. In fact, we were conducting our research when news of the national salmonella outbreak linked to three Foster Farms chicken plants became public. In that case 389 people were infected, and 40 percent of them were hospitalized, double the usual percentage in most outbreaks linked to salmonella. (Read about sustainable alternatives when it comes to raising chickens and watch our video on the use of antibiotics in animals.)
What’s going on with the nation’s most popular meat? (Americans buy an estimated 83 pounds per capita annually.) Though 48 million people fall sick every year from eating food tainted with salmonella, campylobacter, E. coli, and other contaminants, “more deaths were attributed to poultry than to any other commodity,” according to an analysis of outbreaks from 1998 through 2008 by the national Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Here’s what you should know before buying your next package of chicken.
How much teachers get paid — state by state
Source: Washington Post
How much do teachers across the United States get paid?
Here is data, state by state, collected from the National Center for Education Statistics by Jon Boeckenstedt, associate vice president at DePaul University in Chicago. The data are for 2013 and represent the estimated average annual salary of teachers in public elementary and secondary schools. Boeckensted’s original map, here on the Higher Ed Data Stories blog, has information for earlier years, as well.
Executive Compensation at Private Colleges, 2011
Source: Chronicle of Higher Education
These data show the compensation received by 550 chief executives at 500 private nonprofit colleges in the United States during the 2011 calendar year.
For our analysis, we selected the private nonprofit baccalaureate, master’s, and doctoral institutions with the 500 largest endowments, as reported to the U.S Department of Education’s Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System, or Ipeds. Some nonprofit universities don’t report the value of their endowments to Ipeds, and those were excluded from our analysis.
This group of institutions varies slightly from those of past years, when all institutions with more than $50-million in total expenditures were included.
Compensation data were compiled from the Internal Revenue Service’s Form 990, which is filed by most nonprofit entities. Some private nonprofit universities cite a religious exemption from filing the Form 990 and were therefore excluded from our analysis.
FACTBOX — Women’s rights in the Arab world
Source: Thompson Reuters
Egypt is the worst country for women in the Arab world, closely followed by Iraq, Saudi Arabia, Syria and Yemen, according to gender experts surveyed in a Thomson Reuters Foundation poll released on Tuesday.
Comoros, Oman, Kuwait, Jordan and Qatar came top of the survey, which assessed 22 Arab states on violence against women, reproductive rights, treatment of women within the family, their integration into society and attitudes towards a woman’s role in politics and the economy.
The results were drawn from answers from 336 gender experts invited to participate in an online survey by the foundation, the philanthropic arm of the news and information company Thomson Reuters, in August and September.
Keep Up With Your Quants: An Innumerant’s Guide to Navigating Big Data (PDF)
Source: Harvard Business Review
We live in an era of big data. Whether you work in financial services, consumer goods, travel and transportation, or industrial products, analytics are becoming a competitive necessity for your organization. But as the banking example shows, having big data—and even people who can manipulate it successfully—is not enough. Companies need general managers who can partner effectively with “quants” to ensure that their work yields better strategic and tactical decisions.
Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2013-2014
Source: Times Higher Education
The Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2013-2014 powered by Thomson Reuters are the only global university performance tables to judge world class universities across all of their core missions – teaching, research, knowledge transfer and international outlook. The top universities rankings employ 13 carefully calibrated performance indicators to provide the most comprehensive and balanced comparisons available, which are trusted by students, academics, university leaders, industry and governments.
100 Most Influential People in Healthcare – 2013
Source: Modern Healthcare
This year’s ranking of the 100 Most Influential People in Healthcare includes 15 newcomers as well as seven leaders who have been on every list since it started in 2002.
2013-2014 PayScale College Salary Report
Choosing a college is almost as hard as getting into one. PayScale has the data you need to make the decision easier. With data from over 1.4 million college alumni, our College Salary Report can help you compare salary data for over 1,000 US colleges & 120 majors.
Whether you’re trying to figure out which school to attend, what you should major in, or what career to pursue after you graduate, the College Salary Report will help you make smart decisions about your educational choices.
U.S. News 2014 Best College Rankings and Lists
Source: U.S. News and World Report
Get rankings and data on nearly 1,800 schools, and search for your perfect fit…
Have you tailgated with the hardy souls in freezing temperatures at Lambeau Field in Green Bay, Wis.? Or Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City, Mo.? Or at new Soldier Field in Chicago?
Maybe you prefer your football indoors at Ford Field in Detroit or the Superdome in New Orleans?
Or maybe you can’t decide, so you want both. Reliant Stadium in Houston, Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis and University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Ariz., may be your destinations of choice as they have retractable roofs.
Regardless of where you want to put yourself — in the Black Hole in Oakland, Calif., or a mile high in Denver — for an NFL game, this should be your starting point. Our NFL Stadium Guides are designed to enhance your game-day experience.
Do you need to see from where you’ll be watching the action? See the seating chart.
You don’t have tickets? For goodness’ sake, buy them now.
From the weather forecast to seating capacity, from directions to parking, from venue history to best options for public transportation, consider the NFL Stadium Guides your game-day tour guide.
And may the best team — and best-prepared fans — win.
Top 50 U.S. Meeting Destinations 2013
Cvent set out to fine the most popular destinations for meeting planners in 2013. We evaluated over 5,700 cities, ranking them based on meeting and event booking activity in the Cvent Supplier Network, as well as the number of meeting venues in the area. We invite you to take a look at which cities remained in the same position as last year, which destinations’ rankings changed, and the exciting newcomers to the list.
BACK TO CAMPUS: Campus Pride’s 2013 Top 25 LGBT-friendly Colleges & Universities announced in partnership with the Huffington Post
BACK TO CAMPUS: Campus Pride’s 2013 Top 25 LGBT-friendly Colleges & Universities announced in partnership with the Huffington Post
Source: Campus Pride/Huffington Post
Campus Pride in collaboration with Huffington Post announced today Campus Pride’s 2013 Top 25 LGBT-Friendly Colleges & Universities. The listing highlights the positive work being done in higher education for LGBT students and those campuses who are out in front leading the way.
The Top 25 listing is based on the final responses to the Campus Pride Index, a national benchmarking tool provided by Campus Pride, which self-assesses LGBT-friendly policies, programs and practices.
Unlike the Princeton Review LGBT rankings, the Campus Pride Index is based in research on policy, program and practice and is conducted “for and by” LGBT experts in the field of higher education. Annually campuses update and use the Campus Pride benchmarking tool to improve LGBT living and learning on campus. Over 80% of participating colleges last year improved from their ratings using the index benchmarking measures.
In order to be in the Top 25 this year, a college had to achieve 5 stars in Overall, Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity/Expression categories. Each campus also had to be 4.5 stars or above in the eight LGBT-friendly factor areas. The final Top 25 had the highest percentage ratings. The final list reflects colleges with student populations from 2500 to over 25,000, public and private schools alike.
Airport WiFi Access Chart
In a perfect world, every airport would offer fast, easy-to-access wireless Internet for free. However, that’s not the case. Every airport is different; some make you jump through hoops just to check your email while others let you watch the latest episode of The Walking Dead without dipping into your pocket. Our Wi-Fi chart provides you with everything you need to know about connecting to the Internet at major airports around the globe so that you’re in the know before you go.
Let’s Play: A Guide to Toys for Children with Special Needs
Every day, parents ask professionals for advice on buying toys for their children. Often, shoppers are wary of buying toys for special needs children. However, selecting a toy for any child begins with two steps: first, learning what the child is interested in, and second, assessing his or her skill level. Let’s Play: A Guide to Toys for Children with Special Needs is a helpful educational tool designed to assist with this selection process. After reviewing this guide and doing your homework, we encourage you to visit toy shelves (both online and at your local retailer) and sample the great products designed to excite, engage and enthrall your child. Experience with them the joy and happiness of play!
With support from the Toy Industry Association, Inc.™ and its members, the Toy Industry Foundation ™, in partnership with Alliance for Technology Access (ATA) and American Foundation for the Blind (AFB), has researched and tested hundreds of toys in an effort to offer you a comprehensive guide to the best toys for children of all ages with all types of special needs and interests. Toys included in this guide were tested by over 100 “toy experts”– children with a variety of special needs. ATA and AFB selected the featured products based on the toy’s play value for children with special needs. Whether shopping for a three-year-old, visually impaired child or a ten-year-old with developmental disabilities, Let’s Play is an excellent resource for finding the perfect toy.
For each toy included in the guide, you will find a description of the item, along with an explanation of skills that the toy will encourage and build during playtime. Please keep in mind that age ranges indicated for each toy are assigned by the manufacturer based on a child with no special needs. From time to time, you may see a quote included in a toy description that comes directly from a parent, caregiver or teacher who was involved in the testing to give you a more “hands-on” feeling about the toy and the enjoyment it provided to the child. Each toy will also contain one of the following labels to indicate who may find the toy most enjoyable: PI, HI, B, LV and DD.