Fitch RatingsTom Stone, 1-312-368-2064 (Chicago)Cindy Stoller, 1-212-908-0526 (Media Relations, New York)Copyright Business Wire 2009. ) We knew a plenty of people were going to watch Wednesday's "The Ultimate Fighter" match between Kimbo Slice and Roy Nelson, but early ratings show that Slice is even more of a ratings phenomenon then some experts gave him credit for.According to Dave Meltzer of Wrestling Observer/Yahoo fame, the early numbers have Wednesday's edition of "TUF" as the highest-rated MMA show in history.An estimated 5.3 million viewers tuned in for the show and 6.1 million for the fight itself.This makes it the "highest rated fight in the history of UFC programming and most-watched MMA television show from start-to-finish in history," according to Meltzer. Ken Shamrock III in October 2006.The fight itself peaked at 7.86 for males 18 to 34. The replay brought in an impressive 1.5 million.Meltzer estimates this will translate into a final number of between 3.5-4.0 and had this interesting observation: "Essentially, one out of every 12 males 18-34 in the U.S. last night watched either the live or replay show, comparable to probably the biggest sporting events in our culture other than NFL championship level games.
"Even in defeat, we are not even close to hearing the last of Kimbo Slice. Josh Nason has published MMA, wrestling and boxing blog Ropes, Ring and Cage since 2007. He is a contributor to Fight Magazine, Bleacher Report since 2008 and appears regularly on Fight Network Radio Follow him on Twitter.. NEW YORK(Business Wire)Tower Group, Inc. (NASDAQ: TWGP) today announced that its stockholdersauthorized during a special meeting the issuance of shares of Tower common stockto shareholders of CastlePoint Holdings, Ltd.
(NASDAQ: CPHL) in connection withthe merger of CastlePoint into a wholly-owned subsidiary of Tower. Tower stockholders cast 19,640,144 votes in favor of the issuance of shares ofTower common stock to CastlePoint shareholders which represents 99.6 of thevotes cast and 84.1 of the shares outstanding The proposed merger wasannounced August 5, 2008 About Tower Group, Inc.Tower Group, Inc. Its insurance company subsidiaries offerinsurance products to individuals and small to medium-sized businesses. For more information visit Tower's website at http:// Cautionary Note Regarding Forward-Looking StatementsThe Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995 provides a "safe harbor"for forward-looking statements. This press release or any other written or oralstatements made by or on behalf of Tower and CastlePoint may includeforward-looking statements that reflect Tower's and CastlePoint's current viewswith respect to future events and financial performance.
All statements otherthan statements of historical fact included in this press release areforward-looking statements. Forward-looking statements can generally beidentified by the use of forward-looking terminology such as "may," "will,""plan," "expect," "project," "intend," "estimate," "anticipate," "believe" or"continue" or their negative or variations or similar terminology. Allforward-looking statements address matters that involve risks and uncertainties.Forward-looking statements speak only as of the date on which they are made, andthe assumptions underlying our pro forma projections and/or earnings guidancecould prove incorrect. Tower Group, Inc.Thomas Song, 212-655-4789Managing Vice Copyright Business Wire 2009. ) Recently, I came across a very interesting graph showing the overall increase or decrease of a baseball team's wins compared to money the team spent.Each team's ranking as far as team payroll is contrasted with the overall record up to this point in the 2009 regular season.The New York Yankees spent the most and have the most wins, so they have a straight line. The only other team that's walking a straight line between salary and wins is the Cincinnati Reds.The New York Mets have the steepest line in the wrong direction. The team with the second highest payroll places 25th in total wins with 67. The Chicago Cubs have the second biggest drop-off.The Tampa Bay Rays, Minnesota Twins and Oakland A's have all overachieved in the American League considering their payrolls.In the National League, the St.