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New Snow Collections From Oakley

With temperatures dropping, travel restrictions being lifted, and cooler destinations preparing for an influx of visitors while being COVID-19 safe, many snowboarders and ski junkies are looking for new pieces to invest in. With frightful temperatures and the need for gear to support intense athletic performances, investing in the right collection is paramount. For the most dedicated winter athletes, Oakley is an excellent choice for cold-weather attire.

Today, Oakley launches two all-new snow collections to get snowboards and skiers ready for the upcoming season. The Thermonuclear Protection Collection draws inspiration from the brand’s heritage in motorsports, while the Team Collection garners influence from professional Norwegian Olympic snowboarder Stale Sandbech and his life of travel and adventure. Both collections strive to combine style and performance.

About the Thermonuclear Protection Collection: 

The TNP Collection fuses provocative colors, bold designs, and daring styles for those looking to make a statement on the mountain. All of the looks are sure to grab attention, especially in context of the stark winter surroundings. The collection includes a variety of outerwear and accessories designed with reflective properties, hi-tech fabrics and modern silhouettes, available for both men and women. Full TNP

About the Team Collection:

Inspired by Stale’s adventures all over the world, the Team Collection features men’s pieces that can easily transition from mountain gear to streetwear. The range can be adapted for the “on-the-go” lifestyle through modular layering and includes outerwear with premium stretch fabrics, goggles, a helmet and two pieces made from 100% recycled material. Overall, the collection strives to be dedicated to a more eco-friendly approach.

Stale Sandbech is a famed Norwegian snowboarder. He participated in the 2010, 2014, and 2018 Winter Olympics and won a silver medal in Men’s slopestyle in 2014 at the Sochi Olympics. With his Olympics debut in 2010, Sandbech became the youngest Norwegian Olympian in 82 years. His partnership with Oakley reflects his on the go lifestyle as he adventures and trains.

Oakley, Inc. based in California is a subsidiary of the Italian corporate giant Luxottica based in Milan. Found in 1975, it began in the garage of James Jannard with an initial investment of just $300. The company designs, develops, and manufactures sports performance equipment as well as lifestyle pieces, with the new snow collections falling into the former category. Yet, typical to Oakley the pieces retain a stylish flare.

Most famous for their sunglasses, Oakley also counts sports visors, ski/snowboard goggles, watches, apparel, backpacks, shoes, optical frames, and other accessories. A vast majority of the designs are completed in house, with Oakley currently holding an impressive number of patents, over 850.

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Pan Pacific Whistler Mountainside

For the seventh year in a row, Pan Pacific Whistler Mountainside has been recognized as the best ski hotel in Canada by consumers and leading industry professionals. Held on November 23rd, in Kitzbühel, Austria, the World Ski Awards – regarded as “the Oscars of the travel industry” – honoured the all-suite, lodge-style hotel for its impeccable and personalized service, outstanding amenities, and unrivalled location steps from gondolas to both Whistler and Blackcomb mountains. 

The World Ski Awards were created to elevate standards within the ski industry, recognizing, rewarding, and celebrating excellence in ski tourism across the globe. Awards span across the world’s top 25 ski tourism nations, with categories that include ‘Best Ski Resort’, ‘Best Ski Hotel’, ‘Best Ski Boutique Hotel’, and ‘Best Ski Chalet’. Each year, hundreds of thousands of tourism professionals, skiers, and media cast their votes for their favourite ski tourism destinations and brands; and this year, winners were celebrated at the three-day awards gala that took place between November 22nd and 24th

Pan Pacific Whistler overcame a strong mix of contenders from across the country, defeating properties such as The Fairmont Banff Springs, The Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise, The Rimrock Resort Hotel, and Post Hotel & Spa. Neighbouring properties, including Four Seasons Resort & Residences Whistler, and The Fairmont Chateau Whistler, were also nominated for the national award. 

“Our team is so humbled and beyond thrilled to once again be named the best ski hotel in Canada”, said Julie Lanteigne, general manager of Pan Pacific Whistler hotels. “It’s so gratifying to have been nominated among such an elite group of properties across the world and to know that this prestigious title is a result of votes from our visitors and industry peers alike. An award such as this continues to motivate us to elevate the experience of each guest as they discover why Whistler is regarded as the world-class ski destination that it is.” 

The property’s sister resort – Pan Pacific Whistler Village Centre – located in the heart of Whistler Village, received a nomination for best ski boutique hotel. The property also has a selection of suites with a private residence feel, complimentary daily breakfast buffet for all guests, and easy access to all adventures Whistler offers. For more information or to book at either property, click here.

About Pan Pacific Whistler

Pan Pacific Whistler is a haven of comfort with two thoughtfully designed properties nestled between Whistler’s majestic mountains and anchoring its vibrant village. Both Pan Pacific Whistler Village Centre and Pan Pacific Whistler Mountainside invite guests to replenish and experience true contentment with an array of comforting and convenient amenities. Every one of its suites is a fully outfitted home-away-from-home with modern amenities, fully-equipped kitchens, and warm accents blended to create a comforting oasis. Visitors can enjoy the warmth of their in-room fireplace or take in breath-taking mountain and village vistas from their own private balcony. www.panpacific.com

The Josie Hotel

The Josie Hotel Named Canada’s Best Ski Boutique Hotel at 2019 World Ski AwardsRossland’s ski-in, ski-out boutique resort wins coveted World Ski Award

The Josie Hotel — the Kootenay Rockies’ home base for adventure on RED Mountain — has been awarded Canada’s Best Boutique Ski Hotel in the 2019 World Ski Awards. Canada’s Best Boutique Ski Hotel is one of the most coveted categories in the prestigious World Ski Awards competition. This year, a record number of votes were cast, and The Josie stood apart from the over 1.6 million votes cast by wanderlusters and adventurers alike craving fresh powder and alpine air. Topping it off, the Noble House Hotels & Resorts property was also named one of the top three resorts in the World’s Best New Ski Hotel category. 

Inspired by Rossland’s rugged peaks, lush forests and 3,850 acres of unfettered ski and snowboard trails, The Josie entices those who crave adventure with luxe amenities, personalized service and an unbeatable location — just steps from RED Mountain Resort, one of the top 10 largest ski resorts in North America. Since opening in November 2018, the hotel – situated along the world-renowned Powder Highway – has attracted global interest among ski and snowboard enthusiasts seeking pristine powder and terrain that fulfils adrenaline rushes. 

The World Ski Awards aims to raise the bar within the ski industry by recognizing and rewarding organizations that demonstrate leadership in the field of ski tourism. Votes for the World Ski Awards were cast by professionals working within the ski and snowboard industry, including senior executives, travel buyers, tour operators, agents and media; as well as by consumers with a hunger for winter wanderings. The winners, now considered the best in the world, met at the annual World Ski Awards gala, which took place this year in Kitzbühel, Austria, from November 22 to 24.

“It is such an honour to be named among the best in the world and receive the coveted award of Canada’s Best Ski Boutique Hotel,” said Jesse Crockett, general manager of The Josie. “Sharing Rossland’s story with the world is one of our top priorities — the local culture that is deeply embedded in our hotel is one of the reasons we think we stand out. It’s the rich history and friendly atmosphere (not to mention prime skiing and snowboarding) that brings people to Rossland. It is extremely humbling the World Ski Awards has recognized not only The Josie, but also Rossland, for excellence in ski tourism.”

The Josie invites all who are on the hunt for winter thrills to visit and experience a quintessentially Canadian winter, packed with acres of untouched powder, rolling vistas and warm and luxurious suites to rest one’s head. The uncrowded terrain backed by a landscape of snow-capped peaks and forests will certainly satisfy one’s quest for adventure. Those looking for even more adventure in the backcountry can also take advantage of untouched territory with RED’s one-ride cat ski experience. The cat whisks advanced skiers to areas of Mt. Kirkup inaccessible by chairlift to 1,600 feet of vertical spread across nearly 200 acres; best of all, the thrilling journey won’t break the bank with a one-ride ticket priced at $10. 

To book a winter getaway and experience the heart of the Kootenay Rockies — the epitome of Canadian winter adventures — visit thejosie.com.

About The Josie Hotel:

Experience the true soul exhilaration of living for today at The Josie hotel (The Josie). The Josie is a boutique ski-in/ski-out hotel located at the base of RED Mountain Resort (RED) in Rossland, British Columbia. With 106 guest rooms and suites, crackling fire pits, a premier spa, fitness facility and ski concierge services; The Josie merges boutique accommodations with authentic Red Mountain adventure and the distinct spirit of Rossland. After a day on the slopes, guests can experience The Josie’s signature cedar barrel saunas, which promote muscle relaxation, improved circulation and feel-good endorphins. The destination hotel — named Canada’s Best Boutique Ski Resort in the 2019 World Ski Awards and the second best ski hotel in the 2019 USA 10Best Awards — also boasts more than 1,500 square feet of unique venue space and an adjoining terrace, all with stunning vistas of RED and the Rossland range. The Velvet Restaurant and Lounge (The Velvet), The Josie’s full-service dining establishment, serves locally-inspired craft cooking. To meet The Josie, please visit thejosie.com and follow @thejosiehotel.  

About Noble House Hotels & Resorts, Ltd.:

A privately held company for more than 35 years, Noble House Hotels & Resorts, Ltd. was founded in 1979 by owner and chairman Patrick R. Colee as a commercial property development group, later transitioning in 1994 to the dynamic hospitality ownership and management company it is today. Headquartered in Seattle, Washington and continuously growing, Noble House owns and manages an upscale portfolio of 18 distinct and visually captivating hotel properties, over 50 hotel restaurants, bars and lounges, the Napa Valley Wine Train, and a collection of spas, marinas, and private residences spanning the U.S. and Canada. Beachfront resorts spanning California and Florida are complimented by luxury retreats in Jackson Hole, Colorado, and British Columbia and balanced with a collection of urban hotels in Seattle, San Francisco, and College Station, Texas. Built upon a philosophy that emphasizes location, distinction, and soul, Noble House Hotels & Resorts dedicates itself to creating and managing exceptional properties that celebrate the local destination that surrounds. For more information, visit NobleHouseHotels.com or call Noble House Hotels & Resorts at 877-NOBLE-TRIP.  

About William Cole:

William Cole is a boutique, full-service private real estate development company headquartered in Bryan, Texas. Formed in 1996 and named for the two sons of the founder, William Cole focuses on the development, acquisition, marketing and operation of carefully selected, hospitality-focused real estate including boutique hotels, private golf clubs, wellness facilities and entire master planned communities. From the initial vision through commissioning, William Cole delivers projects of lasting significance to their communities. For more information, visit WilliamColeInc.com or call William Cole Inc. at 281-580-2085.  

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How Can You Avoid the Risks of Skiing This Winter?

It’s winter, and that means people are going to be going on ski vacations around the country and around the world. While skiing is an amazing way to spend time outdoors and enjoy the snow, it carries pretty significant risks. 

The risks of skiing can be minor or deadly, and according to the National Ski Areas Association, there is an average of 44 serious injuries a year related to skiing, including serious head injuries and paralysis. 

Alpine skiers are three times more likely to be in an accident with other people than snowboarders, and the most common ski accidents include falling, colliding with other skiers, and accidents related to ski and chair lifts. 

The most common types of specific injuries from skiing accidents include leg fractures, concussions, ruptured ligaments, and broken bones. 

Understanding the risks and taking the necessary steps to protect yourself against them as much as possible can help you enjoy all that skiing has to offer without a sense of anxiety about potential accidents. 

The following are some things to know about the risks of skiing and how to keep yourself safe. 

General Safety Tips

The following are some overall safety tips to keep in mind before you hit the slopes and while you’re skiing.

  • Make sure that you’re in fairly good shape before you go skiing. It’ll be much easier to stay safe if you’re in reasonably good physical shape and are used to a fair amount of physical activity. 
  • Ensure you have the right equipment. Don’t borrow equipment if you don’t have your own. Instead, rent it from the resort or a ski shop so they can help make sure it fits you properly. 
  • Wearing a helmet is a good idea when skiing, and this is especially true for children. 
  • If you aren’t sure what you’re doing, take a lesson beforehand. Even if you are experienced, you might benefit from a lesson or a refresher. 
  • Don’t let yourself get too tired and worn out. It’s a good idea to rest when you feel like you need to and maybe even if you don’t feel like you need to. You’re burning up a lot of energy when you’re skiing, and along with taking a break, make sure you’re getting enough to eat and drink. 
  • Know your limits. Don’t push yourself more than what your capabilities are, and always follow the rules. 

ACL Injuries

ACL injuries account for anywhere from 16 to 17% of all injuries related to skiing. When you have an ACL injury, not only can be it be painful and debilitating at the time but it can create long-term issues as well. Some people who have ACL injuries develop walking problems as a result. 

One reason for ACL injuries is that you catch the edge of your ski and your leg rotates too quickly. You can also get an ACL injury on jumps and falls. 

To minimize the potential of ACL injuries when skiing, you should avoid doing anything you aren’t comfortable with, including tricks that could lead to a fall or trying to ski on slopes that you may not be ready for. If you keep a 45-degree angle on your skis it can also help prevent catching. 

Similarly common in skiing are broken legs, and one way to avoid or at least lower this risk is to strengthen your leg muscles. 

Head Injuries

Head injuries can be the most severe and deadly type of skiing accident. Head injuries can be severe, and they are often because of a combination of not having head protection and going too fast. If a skier is going up to 80 mph or more, which is possible and likely, and they fall, their head may bounce on the snow. 

Even more serious than that can be if a skier hits an obstacle such as a tree. 

To lower this risk, when you’re skiing, you should have head protection, and you should also stay on slopes you’re comfortable with on days with good visibility. 

Frostbite 

Frostbite isn’t necessarily related to the skiing itself, but instead the conditions surrounding skiing. To prevent frostbite, ensure that you’re covering areas of your body from being exposed to the cold, wind and snow. This, in particular, includes your fingers and toes. 

It only takes 30 minutes for wind chill to cause frostbite, and you can also get it from touching a cold surface.

Of course, there are other risks associated with skiing as well, but these are a good starting point to keep yourself and your family safer during your winter ski holiday. 

Stowe × Okemo

A combination of world-class snowmaking and favorable temperatures have allowed both Stowe and Okemo to start making snow at higher elevations during the first weekend of November. Sister resort, Mount Sunapee, in New Hampshire, will begin snowmaking soon as well.
 
Opening day for the 2019/2020 season at all three resorts is approaching quickly. Stowe and Okemo are targeting November 22 as the start of winter operations, while Mount Sunapee is aiming for November 27. All three resorts will commemorate their opening days with “First Chair” celebrations.
 
Last year, Stowe and Okemo opened for the season in mid-November with top-to-bottom terrain. Efforts are being made to accomplish that again this year.

Important Uphill Information
At this time, with extensive snowmaking operations taking place, all uphill traffic is prohibited on Mount Mansfield.  The use of heavy equipment and active high-pressure air and water systems around the mountain create a hazardous environment for anyone other than our snowmaking professionals. Uphill access on Mansfield will begin when the designated uphill routes become available. In the interim, uphill travel is only permitted on the Sterling trail at Spruce Peak. For up to date info about skinning or hiking please call 802-253-3690.
 
Now is the Last Chance to Secure an Epic Pass for the 2019-20 Winter Season 
Epic Passes are on sale now for a limited time only, and now is the last chance for skiers and riders to secure the best multi-resort pass deal in the ski industry. New for the 2019-20 season, Vail Resorts launched the Epic Day Pass allowing guests to ski world-class resorts for up to 50 percent off of lift ticket window prices. Starting at as little as $112 for one day of skiing at any of Vail Resorts’ North American resorts, the Epic Day Pass is perfect for those skiers and riders who may not need the unlimited skiing offered by traditional season passes. Guests can also lower their cost per day by adding more days. 
 
For guests looking to ski more days in a season, the Epic Pass and Epic Local Pass continue to offer the best value and variety for unlimited skiing and riding. Currently priced at $989 for the 2019-20 winter season, the Epic Pass provides unlimited, unrestricted access to all of Vail Resorts’ owned and operated resorts and additional access to partner resorts around the world. For skiers and riders willing to navigate around a few peak dates, the Epic Local Pass offers incredible value with access to many of the same destinations, starting at only $739. The entire lineup of Epic Pass options is on sale now at epicpass.com.  
 
 
About Stowe, Okemo and Mount Sunapee

Offering three distinctively unique experience across Vermont and southern New Hampshire, Stowe, Okemo and Mount Sunapee offer top-rated snow surface, plus everything from family friendly skiing and convenient Slopeside accommodations to best-in-class amenities and world-class skiing. Stowe offers premium lodging, dining, entertainment, skiing and off-hill adventures for every season. Stowe’s refined, authentic mountain resort and town and mountain are unequaled in the

Northeast, www.stowe.com. Okemo consistently receives accolades and wins awards for snow quality, grooming, terrain parks, family programs, slope side lodging, resort dining and its friendly and helpful staff. In addition to an on-snow lineup of family fun, Okemo offers a variety of winter activities: a mountain coaster, ice skating, snowshoeing, tubing, a pool and fitness center, spa services, and family events and activities. Visit www.okemo.com. Mount Sunapee is conveniently located in southern New Hampshire, close to two major interstate highways, and easily accessible from Boston. With a summit elevation of 2,743 feet and a vertical drop of 1,510 feet, the mountain offers 66 trails and slopes that make up 233 acres of skiable terrain, www.mountsunapee.com.
 
 
About Vail Resorts, Inc. (NYSE: MTN)

Vail Resorts, Inc., through its subsidiaries, is the leading global mountain resort operator. Vail Resorts’ subsidiaries operate 37 world-class mountain resorts and urban ski areas, including Vail, Beaver Creek, Breckenridge, Keystone and Crested Butte in Colorado; Park City in Utah; Heavenly, Northstar and Kirkwood in the Lake Tahoe area of California and Nevada; Whistler Blackcomb in British Columbia, Canada; Perisher, Falls Creek and Hotham in Australia; Stowe, Mount Snow, Okemo in Vermont; Hunter Mountain in New York; Mount Sunapee, Attitash, Wildcat and Crotched in New Hampshire; Stevens Pass in Washington; Liberty, Roundtop, Whitetail, Jack Frost and Big Boulder in Pennsylvania; Alpine Valley, Boston Mills, Brandywine and Mad River in Ohio; Hidden Valley and Snow Creek in Missouri; Wilmot in Wisconsin; Afton Alps in Minnesota; Mt. Brighton in Michigan; and Paoli Peaks in Indiana. Vail Resorts owns and/or manages a collection of casually elegant hotels under the RockResorts brand, as well as the Grand Teton Lodge Company in Jackson Hole, Wyo. Vail Resorts Development Company is the real estate planning and development subsidiary of Vail Resorts, Inc. Vail Resorts is a publicly held company traded on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE: MTN). The Vail Resorts company website is www.vailresorts.com and consumer website is www.snow.com.

Hahnenkamm Downhill

New Episode of HBO’s ‘Real Sports’ Features Profile of Hahnenkamm Downhill Skiing in Kitzbuhel, Austria with Bryce Bennett and Jon Frankel

Each year, fans from across the world converge on the small town of Kitzbühel, Austria to witness the Hahnenkamm downhill, a two-mile long race that is widely considered the most ambitious test in all of skiing. And each winter the world’s best return in pursuit of skiing glory. “If you want to be a legend in downhill skiing, you have to win Kitzbühel,” said American racer Bryce Bennett. Correspondent Jon Frankel travels to the Austrian Alps to report. Catch the interview on Tuesday’s episode of Real Sports With Bryant Gum.

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Ice Breaker ferry ride through Death’s Door

360 Magazine Culture Editor Tom Wilmer reports from Door County Wisconsin.

If you’re not familiar with Wisconsin, look at a map of the state and you’ll notice a jutting peninsula (locals fondly refer to the peninsula as Wisconsin’s thumb) on the eastern flank. That’s Door County; cradled on the western flank is Sturgeon Bay and legendary Green Bay.

Summertime is crazy-busy tourist time with vacationers from around the midwest who have a multi-generational fondness for the rural county.

It’s a rural paradise where cherry orchards remain king, but today family-owned wineries have also become part of the landscape, alongside the ever popular roadside farm stands.

 

Lautenbach’s Orchard Country Winery & Market in Fish Creek, Wisconsin–symbolizes Door County’s multi-generational family owned businesses. Photo Credit: Tom Wilmer

     Summertime rocks with legendary lakeside fish boils and  beachside barbecues with live music.

Legendary Fish Boil at Rowleys Bay Resort & Restaurant Ellison Bay, Wisconsin. Photo Credit Tom Wilmer

 

Rowleys Resort Ellison Bay, Wisconsin

Innkeeper at Rowleys Bay Resort Ellison Bay, Wisconsin shows off the end result of the fish boil. Photo Credit: Tom Wilmer

 

Fish Creek, Wisconsin

Sundowner barbecue and live music on the bay at Fish Creek, Wisconsin. Photo Credit: Tom Wilmer

 

Al Johnson's Swedish Restaurant

Around back–at Al Johnsons Swedish Restaurant in Sister Bay, Wisconsin. Actually they are legend for their goats who mow the restaurant’s sod-roof during the summer months–oh and they serve great food too! Photo Credit: Tom Wilmer

If you’re based in a southern state or on the West Coast you might presume that come wintertime the locals in the Northern Tier states hunker down by the fireplace until the spring thaw.

 

Outdoor adventuring on Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin in the heart of Door County. Photo Credit: Tom Wilmer

Come up for a visit in the midst of winter and you will see the locals just as busy playing and adventuring in the outdoors as they do in July or August.

 

Great fun to ride a vehicle across the bay to go ice fishing. Photo Credit: Tom Wilmer

Cross Country skiing, snow shoeing, hiking, ice skating–and ice fishing are super popular winter activities. 

 

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Videographer Jason Lopez produced a 360 video featuring the Washington Island Ferry Service with Richard Purinton and Jon Jarosh from the Door County Visitor Bureau

CLICK HERE TO LISTEN TO THE KCBX/NPR One PODCAST about the Washington Island Ferry

End of the road-- Door County Peninsula

The northern end of the Door County Peninsula exhibits a distinctive, intoxicating beauty. Photo Credit: Tom Wilmer

A cool mid-winter adventure takes place at the northern end of the Door Peninsula–that’s where you board the ice-breaker ferry for a ride across the straits—dubbed long ago by pioneer adventurers Deaths’ Door.

The roots of the name stem from the potentially brutal and sometimes deadly experience when early settles traveled by boat between the peninsula and ports around Lake Michigan.

Washington Island Ferry wintertime

Washington Island Ferry. Photo Credit: Tom Wilmer

Today the Washington Island Ferry transports locals and visitors every day of the year–shuttling passengers between the peninsula and nearby Washington Island.

The Washington Island Ferries are equipped with hardened ice-breaking bows that carve their way across the straits skirting the fringe of Green Bay and Lake Michigan. 

Death's Door Door County, Wisconsin

Crossing the straits of Death’s Door on the fringe of Lake Michigan en route to Washington Island. Photo Credit: Tom Wilmer

Settled long ago by Norwegian and Icelandic pioneers, Washington Island remains populated by descendants of the first homesteaders (the island today claims a large population of Icelandic descendants)–of course along with a new generation of hardy souls, many attracted specifically because of its remoteness and unspoiled natural beauty.

Washington Island Stavkirke

Washington Island’s revered Norwegian Stavkirke (church of Staves) is based on drawings of a church in Borglund, Norway constructed in 1150 AD. Photo Credit: Tom Wilmer

A saving grace for the island’s pristine environment is that it has experienced minimal development and claims around 700 full-time residents, swelling to more than 1,500 during the summertime.

One of the big draws is a visit to one of the island lavender farms, and lunch at one of the local diners.

In addition to the natural beauty of Washington Island, and Door County, a precious attraction is the friendliness and welcoming attitude of the locals.

White Gull Inn Innkeeper with his woodie

Innkeeper at White Gull Inn shows off his classy ride. Photo Credit: Tom Wilmer

A stop at a coffee shop is an integral part of life year round on the Door Peninsula. Photo Credit: Tom Wilmer

Fun with the locals at Rowleys Resort Ellison Bay, Wisconsin. Photo Credit: Tom Wilmer

Jon Jarosh with the Door County Visitor Bureau. Photo Credit: Tom Wilmer

PENCE AT OLYMPICS

Olympics, Two-Thirds of US to VP Pence: Not Appropriate to Stay Seated During Opening Ceremonies

Viewing of Games on Streaming Devices Makes a ‘Breakthrough’ Impact;
Americans Disapprove of  ‘Shut Up and Dribble by Wide Margin,’ also say Athletes should be Able to Comment on Social Issues;
Approval of Subsidies to U.S. Olympic Athletes by More than 2 to 1;
Absence of Matt Lauer and Bob Costas gauged; Ban on tackle football until freshman year in high school?

Vice President Mike Pence’s decision to remain seated as the combined North and South Korean teams entered the stadium during Olympic Opening Ceremonies received a harsh rebuke from the American public – by 3-to-1, according to a Seton Hall Sports Poll conducted this week,

A strong 66% said the gesture was not appropriate, with only 18% supporting the decision.  People in the 18-44 age bracket disapproved by 72%-14%, while older people, by 60% to 22% –  were somewhat more supportive — but still strongly opposed.

“It’s a departure from the reaction to most actions taken by the current administration during this era of polarization,” noted Rick Gentile, director of the poll, which is sponsored by the Sharkey Institute.   “Eighteen percent is less than half of the usual approval found from polling on other administration actions.”

The poll was conducted this week with random calls to 775 adults on landlines and cellphones across the country, and has a margin of error of +/- 3.6%.

Olympic Games: Streaming Garners ‘Breakthrough’ Numbers; General Interest Levels Gauged; Impact of Absence of Bob Costas and Matt Lauer; Subsidies for U.S. Olympic Athletes Favored

As for the Olympic Games themselves, 17% named “streaming” as the manner in which they mostly watched the Games, and while 54% named NBC’s primetime coverage, the 17% is significant for the communications industry as a breakthrough number.  (12% named “other TV networks” as their most preferred option).

“It’s eye-popping,” said Gentile.  “It marks yet another breakthrough in the so-called ‘cord-cutting’ era.  That little more than half of the audience primarily watches on NBC primetime would have been considered remarkable just four years ago. And as a sign of things to come, 44% of those 18-29 chose streaming, about the same as chose NBC prime time.”

Meanwhile, as far as general interest in the Winter Olympics,  only 9% say their interest in greater, while 18% say it is less than previously.  But among those 18-29, coveted by advertisers, interest was greater among 20%, with only single digits in older age groups (7% in the 30-44 category, 6% among 45-59 and 7% among 60+).

“This could be due to the X-Games influence and the increased snow-boarding coverage,” added Gentile.

66% said it didn’t matter whether they were viewing an event live or delayed.  And 66% also said that NBC has done a good job of generating interest in the Games.

This is the first Olympics in many years without Matt Lauer’s presence in the morning, and Bob Costas serving as host in prime time.  16% said the evening coverage was “not as good” without Costas, and 11% said morning coverage was “not as good” without Lauer.

Asked whether the US Olympic Committee should subsidize American athletes who cannot earn a living participating in sports like luge, cross-country skiing, and other sports, 59% said they should offer subsidies with only 22% saying no.

Athletes Voicing Opinions on Social Positions Supported; A Rebuff to Fox’s Ingraham.

The Poll asked whether professional athletes should use their fame to comment on social issues.  47% said yes, and 42% said no, with 11% having no opinion.  But asked about Fox News’ host Laura Ingraham’s comment that the players (notably LeBron James and Kevin Durant) should “shut up and dribble,” only 25% approved while 46% disapproved.  (30% had no opinion).  Among those who identified themselves as African-American, only 12% expressed approval of her comment, with 69% disapproving.

Ban on Tackle Football until Freshman Year in High School?

Finally, the Poll asked for opinions on the bill in the California State Legislature to ban organized tackle football until freshman year in high school in response to the danger of brain injury to younger players.  The bill received support from 46% (nationally), with 24% disapproval.  30% had no opinion or did not know.

This release can also be found here.

The Official Seton Hall Sports Poll podcast discussing this topic with Seth Everett and Rick Gentile can be found at here.

About the poll:

This poll was conducted by telephone February 19-21 among 775 adults in the United States. The Seton Hall Sports Poll is conducted by the Sharkey Institute.

Phone numbers were dialed from samples of both standard landline and cell phones. The error due to sampling for results based on the entire sample could be plus or minus 3.8 percentage points. The error for subgroups may be higher. This poll release conforms to the Standards of Disclosure of the National Council on Public Polls.

The Seton Hall Sports Poll has been conducted regularly since 2006.

The results:

1. Which ongoing sports event or season are you most interested in, the Winter Olympics, college basketball, the NBA, the NHL or the opening of baseball’s spring training camps?

1.     Winter Olympics               31%

2.     College basketball            10

3.     NBA                                   17

4.     NHL                                     6

5.     Spring training                   12

6.     Don’t know/No opinion    24

2.     Would you say your interest in the Winter Olympics currently taking place in South Korea is greater than, less than or about the same as interest in previous Olympics?

1.     Greater than                       9

2.     Less than                          18

3.     About the same                52

4.     Not interested at all        15

5.     Don’t know                         5

(If “Not interested at all” skip to question 7)

 

3.     Where have you watched more Olympic coverage, NBC’s prime time, daily coverage on other TV networks or streaming coverage on handheld devices?

1.     NBC Prime Time               54

2.     Other TV networks          12

3.     Streaming                          17

4.     Don’t know                        17

4.     Are you more likely to watch an Olympic event if it’s presented live or does it not matter if the presentation is delayed?

1.     Live                                   30

2.     Doesn’t matter                   66

3.     Don’t know/No opinion        5

5.     For many years Matt Lauer hosted NBC’s morning Olympic coverage and Bob Costas hosted the evening presentation.  Do you think the morning Olympic coverage on the Today show is as good without Matt Lauer, not as good or about the same?

1.     As good                             16

2.     Not as good                      11

3.     About the same                 32

4.     Don’t know/No opinion      42

6.     How about the evening coverage without Bob Costas, as good, not as good or about the same?

1.     As good                             12

2.     Not as good                      16

3.     About the same                 40

4.     Don’t know/No opinion      32

7.     Do you think NBC, the presenting network in the U.S., has done a good job of generating interest in the Games?

1.     Yes                                    66

2.     No                                     17

3.     Don’t know/No opinion      17

8.     Should the US Olympic Committee subsidize American athletes who cannot earn a living participating in their sports like luge, cross country skiing, etc.?

1.     Yes                                    59

2.     No                                     22

3.     Don’t know/No opinion      19

9.     Vice President Mike Pence attended the Olympics’ Opening Ceremony in South Korea and was seated in the VIP box with various foreign dignitaries and heads of state.  He remained seated when the combined North and South Korean team entered the arena during the parade of nations.  Do you think it was appropriate for him to remain seated while all others stood?

1.     Yes                                    18

2.     No                                     66

3.     Don’t know/No opinion      16

10.  Do you think professional athletes should use their fame as a platform to make comments about social issues?

1.     Yes                                    47

2.     No                                     42

3.     Don’t know/No opinion      11

11.  Two weeks ago the California State Legislature introduced a bill to ban organized tackle football until freshman year in high school in response to the danger of brain injury to younger players. Do you approve of this bill, disapprove or have no opinion?

1.     Approve                            46

2.     Disapprove                       24

3.     No opinion                         23

4.     Don’t know                          7

12.  Fox News host Laura Ingraham, in response to comments by LeBron James and Kevin Durant criticizing President Trump, said the players should “shut up and dribble”.  Do you strongly approve, somewhat approve, somewhat disapprove, strongly disapprove or have no opinion regarding Laura Ingraham’s statement?

1.     Strongly approve             16

2.     Somewhat approve            9

3.     Somewhat disapprove     11

4.     Strongly disapprove         35

5.     Don’t know/No Opinion    30

13.  How closely do you follow sports, very closely, closely, not closely or not at all?

1.     Very closely                      15

2.     Closely                               37

3.     Not closely                        30

4.     Not at all                           18

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