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Rallyverse Roundup: World Cup At Work Increases Productivity, History of the Soccer Ball

By , on June 25, 2014 at 11:46 am

We didn’t really plan for the Roundup to be all-World cup, all the time, but, well, what can you do. Would you believe that watching the World Cup makes your whole office more productive? Also, Nike is killing it on Facebook, stats on which countries’ domestic leagues have the most players active and a rocking history of the World Cup soccer ball from The New York Times.

So what you’re saying is that blasting the World Cup at the office for the better part of two weeks is improving everyone’s mood, helping us to communicate more, and making us all more productive? That’s #science we can get behind. Sure.

Its pretty much inevitable that your devoted employees will find a way to watch the games they care about, and the productivity lost during that time is similarly unavoidable. So what should you do about it?
forbes.com

Nice work from the folks in Beaverton in winning the Facebook mentions game at the World Cup despite not actually lining FIFA’s pockets with official sponsor fees.

David Cohen on June 24, 2014 4:30 PM. Nike has when it comes to mentions of 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil sponsors on Facebook and Twitter since the start of the tournament June 12, according to data from social marketing and analytics platform Engagor . Engagor said there have been a total of 1.4 million mentions of World Cup sponsors on Facebook and Twitter since June 12, and Nike led the field, with 357,000. Pepsi led in terms of positive sentiment, at 58 percent of mentions, while the highest volume of negative mentions, 16 percent, went to Volkswagen. The top languages were English, Arabic, Spanish, Italian, and Japanese. The gender split was male 72 percent, female 28 percent globally, narrowing to 60 percent and 40 percent, respectively, in the U.S. Readers: Did any of Engagors findings surprise you?. Related Stories. Sign up for daily news from AllFacebook . AllFacebook Newsletter. Receive news and offers from our friends and sponsors. Tap into our vast network of talented social media pros.
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Which domestic league has the most players still active at the World Cup? Would you believe that MLS is sitting at 9th? And would you believe that this far outstrips the US’s global ranking in things like Life Expectancy (#35), Infant Mortality Rate (#34) and Health Care Quality (#37)?

World Cup: which domestic league is best represented?. At the start of the World Cup in Brazil, the Premier League had the most players competing. But now that England are going home, which league will be best represented as the tournament goes on?.
theguardian.com

A wholly amazing and beautiful history of World Cup soccer balls from the New York Times. It’s gorgeous.

NYTimes.com no longer supports Internet Explorer 8 or earlier. Early soccer balls were hand-sewn and made of leather. They were never perfectly round, and inflating them required some skill. The laces had to be undone before an interior air bladder was filled and tied with a thread; then the laces were retied. Team captains chose a ball before each match, and every team had a preferred design, according to Peter Pesti, a collector and expert on World Cup balls. In the first World Cup, in 1930, Uruguay and Argentina could not agree on which ball to use. The first half of the match was played with a model favored by Argentina. The second half was played with Uruguays preferred design, the T-Model. Argentina led, 2-1, after the first half, but Uruguay recovered in the second and won, 4-2. Argentina scoring against the United States in a 1930 semifinal match.
nytimes.com

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