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You’d Pay More Than A Quarter to Watch This Video Game

People watching other people play video games on TV … yes, that’s happening, and it’s called Twitch, an online network with, according to Yahoo, “55 million monthly users [who] viewed over 15 billion minutes of content on the service in July, making Twitch.tv one of the world’s biggest sources of Internet traffic.” Amazon just bought Twitch for $970 million. The Yahoo article points out that Twitch fans are “an important demographic for advertisers” — mostly male and between the ages …

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Your Competition Isn’t What You Think It Is

A lot of people see competition where they shouldn’t. I’ve been saying this for years, especially in live entertainment. It’s great to see a real example, especially in an area that’s been on my mind (and probably yours, too) lately, of someone getting it right. Major League Soccer is, realistically, a second-tier soccer league on the world level. Everybody knows this. Not a bad league, and certainly improving, BUT clearly below the big four leagues of England, Germany, Spain and …

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Comic-Con Fans Willing to Spend, But Not on What You Think

This New York Times article, Large Crowds Spend Little at Comic-Con, underscores an interesting fact about fans and how they choose to spend their money. San Diego’s Comic-Con International draws thousands (130,000) of attendees who will pay for lodging, gas and admission — but not on the products being sold — because they love the live experience. According to the article, “In a recent report from the San Diego Convention Center, where Comic-Con is held, the fantasy fans ranked first in …

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Are Critics too Tough on New Musicals?

These days the overwhelming majority of musicals being staged are revivals or based on something (books, movies, etc.). It’s not hard to understand why — putting on a new musical is a huge undertaking and carries enormous risk. Until you perform it, you really don’t know how audiences will react, which isn’t the case with Phantom or Oklahoma. This risk made Lyn Gardner over at The Guardian ask whether theater reviewers should take it easy on new musicals, therefore giving …

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20 Years Ago, 20 Years From Now

“Soccer will never be popular in America. Sure, people got a little excited about this, but that’s only natural. It will go away as soon as the event is over and everyone will focus on baseball, football and basketball again.” I first remember hearing people say those things in 1994, when the U.S. hosted the 1994 World Cup. In those days, we were lucky just to be in the event and had missed it from 1950 until 1990. When we …

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Sometimes People Don’t Even Mind Paying to Be Killed …

I’ve talked about how some ticket buyers actually prefer to pay more, and I’ve talked about how I believe theaters need to borrow some ideas from the book publishing world to generate more ongoing and deeper engagement. And I thought those were both pretty solid ideas, but George R. R. Martin has upped the ante on me. He’s getting people to pay him to kill them. Well, not really kill them and not really pay him for that matter. He’s …

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Experience

Goldstar User Review Shows You Shouldn’t Be Afraid to Go Dark

Does a play based on the true story of a man with cannibalistic desires sound like a “fun” night at the theater? For many, no, but that doesn’t mean it’s not worth performing. Sacred Fools Theater in Los Angeles is performing Taste, about the Rotenburg Cannibal, and it’s getting rave reviews. Here’s one from Goldstar: “This is a brilliant performance and does precisely what good theater should do. Actors superb, direction superb — the piece is based on the true …

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Tony Nominees Share Pet Peeves, Crazy Auditions and More (Video)

In anticipation of the upcoming Tony Awards, The Hollywood Reporter sat down with six male and six female Broadway stars to talk about everything from their grueling performance schedules, favorite roles and more. Watch the videos below or head over to HollywoodReporter.com for the full story. Related: This Week’s Top 10 Broadway Shows, as Sorted by Revenue Per Seat Another Musical for Broadcast — This Is a Good Thing Selling Out With Randy Weiner

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The Hockey Conundrum

Seen hockey on TV lately? The data tells me probably not. It’s there, alright, but very few people (relatively speaking) are watching it. And yet attendance is great. What’s going on? As this summary of recent TV ratings shows, hockey playoff games get outviewed by such blockbuster programming as Sex Sent Me to the ER on TLC as well as two other episodes of Sex Sent Me to the ER, and Spongebob. Am I saying hockey’s not popular? No, not …

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Perception Revision Time: Hockey Is Hot!

Not that many years ago, the NHL had a catastrophic lockout, losses were huge, contraction of the number of teams was looming and there was a small but existent chance that the league wouldn’t make it. The entire 2004-2005 season was canceled, and if you’d asked me then, I’d have said the NHL would survive, but it would fall off the “top shelf” of professional sports leagues in the U.S. I’d have been wrong. With 15 teams averaging 100% attendance …

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