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    Is the NFL Still America’s Most Popular Sport?

    Is the NFL Still America’s Most Popular Sport?

    Is the NFL Still America’s Most Popular Sport?

    The National Football League has made headlines several times over the last two years, but not, unfortunately, for its game highlights. Numerous controversies have left many fans both disillusioned with the league (as well as the sport of football itself), and there was initial concern that this new criticism would spark a massive drop in viewership. Although professional football has long been heralded as the most popular spectator sport in America, there was question over whether this would still be the case… until now.

    Each year, the Gallup poll compares a select pool of America’s sports fans preference: do they prefer to watch baseball, basketball, football, ice hockey, or soccer? And each year, the winner is clear, and we’ll get to that!

    First Things First: How Is Spectator Sport Popularity Calculated?

    Gallup (a professional analytical service) has surveyed the American public annually regarding their spectator sport of choice. The survey is conducted via telephone. The survey participant is asked a brief series of questions regarding his or her sport-watching activities and preferences.  The total number of survey participants is then analyzed in comparison to the results for each sport, which generates a total percentage for each.

    Football Has Been Ranked #1 Since 1972

    Baseball may be as American as apple pie, but when it comes to America’s favorite spectator sport, football still reigns supreme. Since 1972, football (hereafter, referred to as the National Football League, or NFL) has dominated the playing field in terms of being the favorite spectator sport of Americans. Baseball was originally America’s preference in terms of spectators from 1937 until 1972.

    Many people credit the increased televising of NFL games as a major reason for the sudden surge in popularity, while others contribute the rise in interest to the impressive careers of Hall of Fame players like Joe Montana or Walter Payton. Once football eclipsed baseball in the 1972 Gallup poll, it has ranked first every year from then to the present, with no other sport coming close to eclipsing its popularity.

    The NFL Has Strongly Outranked Its Competitors

    National League Football has not just dominated America as the preferred spectator sport since 1972; it has virtually crushed its competition. While baseball originally topped football in the polls until then, football has managed to maintain at least 25% of viewer popularity each year, even surging to 43% between the years 2006-2007. While this may not seem like an impressive number at first glance, baseball was only able to attract 21% or less of those surveyed since 1972.  While professional baseball popularity has been on a steady decline since then, NFL football has managed to stay consistent in its top ranking over decades. In terms of spectator age ranges, football is the favorite sport of 30% of those between 18-34 years old, 40% of those from 35-54 years old, and 39% of those 55 years and older.

    Recent NFL Troubles Have Had Minimal Effect on Its Popularity

    Within the last few years, there have been several controversies that have resulted in criticism of the NFL. The recent focus on the devasting effects of permanent brain damage (known as chronic traumatic encephalopathy, or CTE) on players has raised a firestorm of questions regarding the overall safety of the game itself.

    There have also been considerable protests regarding domestic and/or sexual assault incidents involving professional football players in recent years. In 2014, Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice was caught on video punching his wife & dragging her unconscious body from an elevator. In 2016, Eagles wide receiver Nelson Agholor was accused of raping a dancer in a strip club back room. Though charges were later dropped, the incident brought the issue of professional players and sexual assault to the forefront, generating mass protest and demands for change. There was also public protest demanding the resignation of NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell.

    Within the past two years, the issue of players opting to take a knee during the performing of the National Anthem was also a source of indignation for many fans. When 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick chose to sit down during the playing of The Star-Spangled Banner to protest the recent killings of African American men by police officers, many fans were outraged by what they deemed to be disrespectful and unpatriotic behavior. NFL viewership actually declined by 10% when Gallup performed an independent poll in October of this year.

    Even devout football fans have expressed frustration regarding the behavior of professional players, and the NFL’s popularity definitely took a hit as a result; but it was still not enough of a decline to relinquish football’s number one spot as America’s favorite spectator sport.

    NFL Is Still DEFINITELY America’s Favorite Spectator Sport

    Despite the ups and downs of recent issues within the NFL, football has been steadfast in preserving the top slot of most popular professional spectator sport. At 37% of all viewers surveyed, football is more popular than baseball, basketball, soccer and hockey combined. No professional sport comes close to competing in terms of drawing fan’s attention. So rest easy, football fans, your favorite sport isn’t slipping from its top spot anytime soon! Football is still America’s favorite spectator sport and is consistently ranked far above any other professional sport.

    You can support your team of choice here at Dynasty Sports with an array of team clothing and gear. Check out our extensive inventory of NFL memorabilia to keep your football spirit flowing! And don’t forget Custom Framing, available at both of our locations – Oxford Valley and Willow Grove Malls

     

    Make Dynasty Sports & Memorabilia Your One-Stop-Shop for The Sports Fans on Your List

    Make Dynasty Sports & Memorabilia Your One-Stop-Shop for The Sports Fans on Your List

    The holiday season is soon approaching, and it can be daunting to find just the right gift for the sports fans on your list. Well, have no fear, because Dynasty is your ideal place for one-stop-shopping! We carry a vast array of sports memorabilia, apparel, frames, and novelties; you’re guaranteed to find the perfect holiday gift for any sports fan.

    Signed Memorabilia Makes A Fantastic Holiday Gift

    One of the most memorable treasures a serious sports fan can own is the autograph of his or her favorite sports hero. Here at Dynasty, we work hard to make that dream a reality. In addition to owning an impressive array of previously signed merchandise, we have also formed exclusive partnerships with several hometown athletes, including Philadelphia Flyers stars Ivan Provorov, and Eagles rookie Sidney Jones. What better surprise than snagging a picture or jersey featuring the prized autograph from your sport fan’s favorite player?

    Custom Frames - The Perfect Display for Priceless Items

    Serious sports fans take great pride in their sports memorabilia, and displaying it properly is important for both its sentimental significance and the preservation of its value. At Dynasty, we offer a variety of frame kitsfeaturing many team logos, including teams from: the NBA, NFL, MLB, NHL, and the NCAA.

    Our frame kits can also be customized to your item’s needs; you can specify the size, matting color, and trim to create the perfect holiday gift. We use top quality materials in order to provide you with a finished product that’s truly worthy of being displayed proudly. Our framed items make a perfect gift for any sports fan on your shopping list.

    We also frame sports jerseys, and not just for the pros, either! How about framing your child’s team baseball jersey? Or your sister’s lacrosse jersey? We can assist you in selecting just the right colors and framing to create a gorgeous gift display that will last a lifetime.

    Remember When Getting Socks as A Gift Wasn’t Cool? Well, it is now!

    With our Exclusive Dynasty Collections,we carry cool custom apparel; even our socks are cooler than the rest! Our Philadelphia Eagles Lineup Skyline athletic socks feature just that, our great Philly skyline. We also have a full inventory of Flyers hoodies, Brandon Manning “MANDOG’ T-shirts, Philadelphia 76ers shirts, and even Flyers baby bibs for your tiniest new loyal fans.

    We also carry a large inventory from other sports teams as well, and for all weather conditions, too. Dynasty offers team sweatshirts, jerseys, socks, gloves, hats, scarves and T-shirts. Our extensive clothing line can provide with countless holiday gift ideas for those on your list.

    Check Out Our Novelties Section for Fun Stocking Stuffer Ideas

    When we at Dynasty say we’ve got it all as far as sports novelty items goes, we do mean ALL! We carry everything from team bobblehead figures to blankets, and team window decals to keychains. Our collection of team banners and flags are great for displaying team loyalty, no matter what team that may be. We also carry beer mugs, plaques, signs, etc. representing just about any team your sports fan loves. If you have a sports fan on your list who is notoriously hard to shop for, you’re guaranteed to find the perfect gift item here.

    Dynasty cares about our young sports fans, too; we carry a wide variety of items for kids, including team fidget spinners, mini-helmets, and lunch boxes with team Thermos. Our novelties for kids make for perfect stocking stuffers!

    If you check out our novelty inventory, you’ll quickly see that we’ve got you covered. We cover everything from the practical to the whimsical; just check out our Eagles Championship Parade Hat as proof! Our novelties are versatile enough to find just the right present for virtually anyone on your gift-giving list this year.

    Santa Can Sport His Favorite Team Logo This Year

    We also carry several holiday-themed items: team ornaments, team Christmas stockings, even Santa hats sporting team logos. What better way to get your family members into the spirit of the season than through holiday-themed articles that share their love of their favorite team?

    Holiday Shopping with Dynasty Is Fast & Convenient

    We all know too well the toll that lots of holiday shopping can take, but Dynasty makes the task of shopping as easy as possible. With two separate storeslocated in both the Oxford Valley Mall and the Willow Grove Mall, you can conveniently shop with us while embarking on the usual mall shopping trips the holiday season seems to require.

    But if you like to avoid the craziness of the crowds during this busy shopping season, our online ordering makes it a cinch to tackle your gift shopping list from the comforts of your own home. Our website is easily accessible, and we offer a complete Customer Care section to address any of your ordering questions or needs. Dynasty even offers the option of creating your own personal shopping account in order to keep track of recent orders, maintain your primary payment method, or to keep items in your virtual shopping cart while browsing our online inventory.

    The holidays can be a stressful, busy time of year, but we at Dynasty Sports Memorabilia and Custom Framing can help by providing you with convenient, one-stop shopping and top-quality, authentic items for every sports fan on your holiday gift list this year.

    Philadelphia 76ers 2018-2019 Season Predictions

    Philadelphia 76ers 2018-2019 Season Predictions 

    The 76ers have proven that they are ready to compete with the greats, surprising fans and commentators alike with their record setting plays in the 2017-2018 season. Last year, the Sixers surprised many by ending the season as one of the top teams in the NBA. They closed out with a 16-game winning streak and made it to the Conference Semifinals. But it’s important to remember that success isn’t always a strictly upward trajectory. There are a lot of fans counting on the Sixers to outperform themselves, but is that setting reasonable expectations? Here are our predictions for this upcoming season.

    The Sixers Won’t Beat Their 2017-2018 Wins

    We’re looking forward to more consistency in play rather than all wins this season. Last year’s playing momentum looked more like a bell curve than anything else, with the peak being later in the regular season, but they took a while to get going. This year, we expect to see the wins spread more evenly across the season, but not necessarily more of them. The team knows they can get to the playoffs, and although a winning streak later in the season is a more dramatic way to make their numbers pick up, the team will use their experience from last year to jump start the wins earlier this season.

    But, They Will Get to The Playoffs

    Previous playoff experience is essential to getting there again, and we’re confident that the Sixers will make the Conference finals again this year. The Sixers are now known for having a fairly green roster, especially the trio of center Joel Embiid, swingman Ben Simmons, and forward Dario Saric. 

    Brett Brown, who is currently operating as both the team’s General Manager and head coach, after former GM Bryan Colangelo resigned amidst scandal earlier this year, is using every tactic possible to get the players practicing and playing at their best. (Even if it means holding overnight practices while the team gets over jetlag.) While the team’s management is looking for a new GM, Brown is applying his key principles of playing with passion and making sure the team wins while playing at home.

    Overall, the Sixers will need to perform better not just in wins or individual players’ scoring averages, but in consistency. They faltered after facing their Boston Celtics rivals in the semifinals. In order to not make the same mistake, they will need to both maintain face and prepare themselves to work around tactics they may not be expecting instead of getting stumped.

    What About Winning the Title?

    Blind faith won’t get the team anywhere, and they know it. Philly fans are amped up to hear commentators say that the Sixers are a sure thing. But with such a tight race and not having a true pattern of dominating, the Sixers taking it further in the playoffs than they did last year will be the product of unpredictability. Despite significant developments in the last year, the team still needs to work on solidifying the players’ abilities to work more cohesively before we can say that they will win against the Celtics or the Toronto Raptors, both of which are favorites to win this year.

     

    The Sixers have a fighting chance of bringing home the gold if they are able to take their performance from late last season and apply that to this entire season. It is essential for the momentum to get going as early as possible, and not experience as many fumbles and missed opportunities.

    Ben Simmons Makes All-NBA Team

    Ben Simmonswas close last season but fell just short of making it to an All-NBA team. But that may change this year, as Simmons has made it clear that making the cut is one of his career goals. However, the dream becoming reality will only be possible if Simmons establishes himself as more of a leading scorer. The awards voters consist of sportswriters and other analysts throughout the US and Canada, so it’s essential for Simmons to show more aggression and versatility to actually make the cut and be selected for one of only a handful of open spots.

    Joel Embiid Will Increase His Point Average

    Fans and experts alike were wowed by Joel Embiid’s average last season, 22.9 points per game. Embiid definitely wasn’t slacking during the offseason, and after a needing a few test runs, is performing even better than last year. He scored 32 points against the Orlando Magic, and the Sixers led offensively by more than 30 points for the first time since 2006. The conclusion to that game was pretty dramatic, with the Sixers winning 116-115. It’s looking even more likely that Embiid will see an average of 25 points scored per game.

    Like teammate Simmons, Embiid has his eye on a legacy-confirming award this season as well. Embiid is looking to be a league MVP, meaning that he needs to be a top-two seed in the Eastern conference. Embiid discussed wanting to make MVP this year during several offseason interviews; could getting in shape for that explain his extraordinary preparedness at the start of the season? Even resting for a few games could result in him losing the points he needs to make MVP, so Embiid is very possibly looking at a very active and long season on the court.

    Markelle Fultz Is the Wild Card This Season

    Second-year guard Markelle Fultzis experiencing Philly fan impatience to the worst degree. After starting out as a player with a reputation for hesitating and losing opportunities to score, Fultz is under intense pressure to match Simmons’ talent so that he can sub in and Simmons can strengthen the team elsewhere. Fultz’s recent performance suggests improvement and more daring moves, but the pressure on each and every one of his shots (and, well, all his moves) can make or break such a young player. But Philly also loves an underdog, and Fultz said that proving himself to the fans and wanting to play well for them is what drives him. Fultz is capable of rising to the occasion, but can he maintain his plays for the season? Only time will tell.

    And don ‘t forget to check out our Memorabiliacollections for autographed pictures and collectables of these and many past 76er players.

     

     

     

    The Top 10 Sports Venues to Add to Your Bucket List

    The Top 10 Sports Venues

    For a true sports fan, nothing compares to being right there at the stadium. The action on the field, the crowds cheering, the camaraderie with fellow fans… even the beer always seems a little colder. When you’re watching a game or match at one of the most famous sports venues in the world, it’s a moment you’ll never forget.

    If you’re taking a trip, it’s worth making a point to stop at the local sports venues to really get a feel of the place you’re visiting. Even on the off seasons, most venues offer a tour, which often includes peeks into areas normally off-limits to fans. Here are ten of the most incredible sports venues around the world that every dedicated sports fan should visit: 

    1. The Rose Bowl, Pasadena, CA

    Home of the UCLA Bruins

    The Rose Bowl is a historic NCAA stadium, best known for hosting the annual Rose Bowl, the oldest college football bowl game. Besides that, it’s also hosted the Super Bowl five times, as well as some major soccer matches, including the FIFA Women’s and Men’s World Cup championship games and the Olympic soccer games. During the college football season, you can see the UCLA Bruins play at the Rose Bowl, including their rival match against USC during even numbered years. 

    1. The All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club, London, England

    Home of the Wimbledon Championship

    The All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club, (better known as Wimbledon) is famous for hosting the Wimbledon Championship. It was here at Wimbledon that the rules for tennis were formalized and later adopted globally. Wimbledon is famous for its traditions, including grass courts (it’s the last of the grand slam tournaments still on grass), its strict dress code, and the tradition of eating strawberries and cream. Even if you happen to be in London when Wimbledon isn’t happening, it’s still worth a visit. Learn about the history of tennis at the Wimbledon Museum and take a tour of the grounds, which includes Center Court.

    1. Madison Square Garden, New York, NY

    Home of the New York Knicks (NBA) and the New York Rangers (NHL)

    Madison Square Garden is the home of two of New York City’s major league teams, the Knicks and the Rangers. Besides that, it hosts a wide variety of other events, from concerts to boxing matches to the annual Westminster Dog Show. It’s located right above New York’s Penn Station, in the center of Manhattan, so it’s hard to miss when you’re visiting NYC. When it was built in the 1960’s, parts of Penn Station were bulldozed to make way for the stadium, a loss that some New Yorkers still lament. Even so, it’s become a beloved part of the Big Apple and a can’t-miss stop for any sports fan in the city.

    1. Churchill Downs, Louisville, KY

    Home of The Kentucky Derby

    The most famous racetrack in America first opened in 1875, opening with the inaugural Kentucky Derby. Churchill Downs may be best known for hosting the first leg of the Triple Crown, but there are horse races at the famous racetrack throughout the year. Once you buy a ticket (General Admission starts at just $3), you can watch the races and bet as much (or little) as you want. If you happen to be in Louisville the weekend of the Derby, see the action like a local and get a ticket to the Kentucky Oaks, the day before. And don’t forget to have a mint julep while you’re there!

    1. Estadio Monumental, Lima, Peru

    Home of Club Universitario de Deportes 

    The Estadio Monumental, with a capacity of over 80,000, is the largest stadium in South America. In addition to the home games of Universitario de Deportes, the stadium has also hosted matches for the Peru national football team, as well as FIFA World Cup Qualifiers.

    1. St Andrews Links, St Andrews, Scotland

    Home of Golf

    St Andrews is home to seven public golf courses, and the game has been played in the Scottish town for over 600 years. The Old Course, widely considered to be the oldest golf course in the world, is among the public golf courses. Visitors can get tee times on the Old Course (usually booked in advance), as long as they have a handicap below 24 for men and 36 for women. If you’re coming to visit, you can also take a walking tour of the course from March to October, which includes the 1st, 17th, and 18th holes.

    1. Melbourne Cricket Ground, Melbourne, Australia

    Home of The Melbourne Cricket Club

    Cricket may be a bit of a mystery to most Americans, but it’s a serious sporting matter in other parts of the world, particularly throughout the Commonwealth. If you’re visiting Australia, you can’t skip a visit to the Melbourne Cricket Ground. Built in 1853, the MCG is widely recognized as the international home of cricket. It also hosts other sports, such as Australian Football League games and rugby games.

    1. Memorial Stadium, Mesquite, TX

    Home of Mesquite ISD Football

     Everything’s bigger in Texas... especially football. The largest high school football stadium in the state is Memorial Stadium in Mesquite, not far from Dallas. The stadium is where all five of Mesquite’s high school teams play games, and it seats almost 20,000 fans on Friday nights during the fall. Go to experience the spectacle of high school football in Texas, and who knows, maybe see some of the great college and NFL players of the future.

    1. Soldier Field, Chicago, IL

    Home of the Chicago Bears (NFL)

     The oldest NFL stadium, Soldier Field was opened in 1924. Its name honors the U.S. soldiers who sacrificed their lives in World War I. The home of the Chicago Bears since 1971, the historic stadium has also been home to the NFL’s Chicago Cardinals (now the Arizona Cardinals), Notre Dame football, and both men’s and women’s major league soccer teams. The stadium was renovated dramatically in the early 2000’s, but some of its original, distinctive neoclassical facade still remains.

    1. Fenway Park, Boston, MA

    Home of the Boston Red Sox (MLB)

    Despite modernization over the years, the oldest ballpark in Major League Baseball still feels a bit like stepping back in time. Some of Fenway Park’s historic features include the scoreboard on the famous Green Monster, which is still operated by hand, and an organ played live during games (Pro tip: the organist, Josh Kantor, takes requests over Twitter.) If you go to a game, get a ticket for the right field bleachers; you just might end up sitting in the famous Red Seat, marking where Ted Williams’ famous 502 foot home run landed in 1946. 

    Don’t forget to check out Dynasty’s many pieces of memorabilia of sports stars that have played at these famous venues.

    How to Make Sure the Sports Memorabilia Piece You Are Buying Is Authentic

    How to Make Sure the Sports Memorabilia Piece You Are Buying Is Authentic

    How to Make Sure the Sports Memorabilia Piece You Are Buying Is Authentic

    Are you an avid sports memorabilia collector? Do you sometimes wonder if your collectibles are truly authentic? If you aren't purchasing your items from a reputable dealer, there may be some question as to their authenticity. When you engage with a dealer that you can trust, you can feel comfortable in your purchases and investing in higher value items. Collectors with a sizable portfolio of sports collectibles should look into third party authentication and valuation of their items. If the value of your collection is substantial, carrying insurance protection is always a good idea.

    To Make Sure the Sports Memorabilia That You Are Buying Is Authentic, Follow These Simple Tips
    Important athletes such as Michael Jordan and Derek Jeter keep tight control over their autographs and typically only sign them at authorized events. If someone is selling a signature that they say they got in person and "on the fly" it is highly likely to be fake. Top athletes only sign items that are authorized through their management, and these signed items will have a stamp from the company that holds the rights to their signatures, such as Steiner Sports and Upper Deck. Long gone are the days when athletes would give their autographs to any passerby, today, such sports collectibles are commodities that come with a price attached. Take a look online for information about typical pricing levels for signed items from popular sports stars. 

    If it Seems Too Good to Be True, It Probably Is
    When you come across a rare find, especially when it’s for a great price, it is important to authenticate the memorabilia before you make the purchase. There is enough pricing information available to help you to avoid any scams or fake items. The best place to buy your sports collectibles is at an authorized signing event or from a dealer like Dynasty Sports, who provides Certificates of Authenticity (COA) with every purchase. If there is an athlete that you especially admire, keep an eye out for their authorized appearances at Fan Days, conventions, or in-store events where they are personally selling autographs. 

    A Little Research Can Go A Long Way in Protecting Your Investment
    If you are considering an acquisition of a sports memorabilia item, it makes sense to do a little research before your purchase. It is pretty easy to find a star athlete's signature online as well as any corporate markers that will appear on any signed items. If you have done some research but are still unsure about the authenticity of the item, you may want to engage a third-party authenticator. This would only be necessary if you are making a private purchase, as anything of real value that is sold on the open market should come with a Certificate of Authenticity.

    Reputable Dealers Are Your Best Bet for Sourcing Authentic Sports Memorabilia
    Trading in sports memorabilia is a profession that is built upon trust and a solid reputation. For this reason, it is pretty straightforward to find a dealer that you can trust. If the athlete that you are collecting is no longer doing Fan Days and in-store signing appearances, or they are no longer living, collecting their signatures and other items from them personally is no longer an option. In such cases, it is recommended that you turn to a legitimate sports dealer who has a stellar reputation. 

    Good dealers are typically known by their strong reputations and word of mouth is often the best way to find them. Once you have found a reputable dealer it is a good idea to have all of your items authenticated and appraised. This will help you in the event of damage, loss, theft or any other circumstance that prompts you to file an insurance claim. Knowing that all of your collectibles are authentic can give you peace of mind and when you have them valued you will be able to protect your investment. Anyone with an extensive collection should look into having their items insured. Yes, sports memorabilia are often sentimental in nature, but it does also hold intrinsic value.

    Are you ready to start building your sports memorabilia collection in such a way that authenticity will not be an issue? At Dynasty Sports, our collectibles come with a Certificate of Authenticity and our professional and knowledgeable staff are here to answer all of your questions and get you started as a sports collector! Call or stop by either of our locations to find out more about our wide range of collectible sports memorabilia.

    And for those who want to meet some of their favorite players, make sure you check our in-store signings regularly, and subscribe to the Dynasty Newsletter to find out about our exclusive offers and latest arrivals.