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Top 20 U.S. newspapers by combined audience (print/online)

Thursday, March 24, 2011

The Financials of the World Champion San Francisco Giants, plus some other MLB team fact$

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

The San Francisco Giants are ranked 7th most valuable team in the MLB at $563m, up 16% over last year.

Bill Neukom bought the team in 1993 for $100m.

The San Francisco Giants recorded $230m in revenue in 2010.

Revenue sharing costs for the team 2011 will rise significantly compared to last year.

The Giants' 3-1 victory over the Arizona Diamondbacks in late September posted a 9.25 rating, an all-time high for the franchise. 

The previous record was 7.8, the night Barry Bonds hit his record-breaking756th home run.

All teams in Major League Baseball rose in value this past year except for three: the New York Mets, San Diego Padres and Cleveland Indians.

The average MLB franchise is now worth $523 million, an all-time high and 7% more than last year.

The New York Yankees are worth $1.7 billion and are baseball’s most valuable team for the 14th straight year (since Forbes began valuing franchises in 1998).


How the $200 billion disaster will affect the global economy

Sunday, March 20, 2011

Barclays projects the total costs of the earthquake will amount to 12-17 trillion yen ($152-217 billion).
Their calculations:
  • Building damages = reconstruction costs = JPY5-10trn (1.0-2.0% of GDP)
  • Expected losses to GDP = JPY2trn (private consumption) + JPY150bn (exports) – JPY217bn (imports) + JPY5trn (manufacturing output) + JPY0.3trn (electric power industry output) = JPY7trn (1.4% of GDP)
  • Total economic cost = JPY12-17trn (2.4-3.4% of GDP)
And the GDP impact:
With reference to the patterns following the Great Hanshin-Awaji Earthquake of 1995 and other factors, we revised our real GDP forecasts (q/q saar) as follows: Apr-Jun (to +0.8% from +3.2%), Jul-Sep (to +3.2% from +2.4%) and Oct-Dec (to +3.0% from +1.9%). In fiscal year terms, we lowered our forecast to +1.7% from +2.0% for FY 11 and left our forecast at +1.8% for FY 12. In calendar year terms, we lowered to 1.6% for CY 11 and left our forecast at 1.9% for FY 12.

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Thursday, March 17, 2011

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The next billion

Monday, March 14, 2011

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Data as Art: About 39 million papers were published in scientific journals between 1817 - 2010

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Source: M'hamed el Aisati/Academic and Government Products Group, Amsterdam

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