Did You See That Press Release? Worst Passengers, Best Athletes, Plus a Very Royal Visit

With thousands of news releases published each week on PR Newswire for Journalists, no one can possibly keep up with every one of them. Here are some of the top releases from the past week that you might have missed.

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Source: AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh

Source: AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh

The Sound and the Fury: Expedia Study of In-Flight Etiquette Finds ‘Rear Seat Kickers’ Have Passed ‘Inattentive Parents’ as America’s Least-Favorite Airplane Passenger

Expedia.com released on Dec. 9 the results of the second annual Airplane Etiquette Study, which asked 1,000 Americans to rank the most annoying on-board behaviors of fellow passengers.

The study was commissioned by Expedia and conducted by GfK, an independent global market research company. Last year, “Inattentive Parents” topped the list of most aggravating airplane passengers.

This year, “Rear Seat Kickers” have displaced the parents, pushing them to second place, ahead of such etiquette violators as the “Aromatic Passenger,” the “Audio Insensitive,” the “Boozer,” and “Chatty Cathy.” See the full release to learn what other types of bad behavior made the list.

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University of Virginia Chapter of Phi Kappa Psi Refutes Rolling Stone Allegations

The University of Virginia chapter of Phi Kappa Psi issued a statement this week in response to the allegations in a recent Rolling Stone article.

“Over the past two weeks the Virginia Alpha Chapter of Phi Kappa Psi has been working tirelessly and openly with the Charlottesville Police Department as they investigate the allegations detailed in the November 19, 2014 Rolling Stone article. We continue to be shocked by the allegations and saddened by this story.” See the full release to read more.

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Source: PRNewsFoto/Sports Illustrated

Source: PRNewsFoto/Sports Illustrated

San Francisco Giants’ Madison Bumgarner Named 2014 Sports Illustrated Sportsman of the Year

San Francisco Giants pitcher Madison Bumgarner is Sports Illustrated’s 2014 Sportsman of the Year.

The Giants’ lefthander turned in a season for the ages highlighted by two World Series wins and a five-inning save in Game 7 on two days rest to lead his team to its third world championship in five years. This was a virtuoso performance by the World Series MVP that many believe we won’t see again.

Since 1954, Sports Illustrated editors have annually presented the Sportsman of the Year Award to the athlete, team or coach who transcended the year in sports by achieving the highest level of athletic excellence, while demonstrating the ideals of sportsmanship.

Bumgarner, 25, becomes part of a group that includes among others Muhammad Ali, Joe Montana, LeBron James, Jack Nicklaus, Peyton Manning, and Billie Jean King to be honored. See the full release to learn more.

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Record-Setting Postseason Caps off 2014 MLS Campaign

Major League Soccer set new records for postseason television viewership, attendance, digital audience, and social media engagement as the League concluded its 19th season on Dec. 7 with the LA Galaxy defeating the New England Revolution 2-1 at MLS Cup 2014.

With fans tuning in from home and across digital platforms, two million viewers in the U.S. watched MLS Cup, an increase of 93 percent over MLS Cup 2013, according to Nielsen research.

An audience of 964,000 watched the league’s 19th championship match on ESPN, while 678,000 viewed on UniMás and 245,000 tuned into Univision Deportes Network (UDN). In addition, 89,000 unique viewers watched MLS Cup on WatchESPN, accumulating 4.3 million live minutes viewed.

MLS Cup 2014 set an all-time record for Spanish-language viewers, as 923,000 soccer fans watched the game on UniMás and on UDN.   See the full release to learn more.

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Source: PRNewsForo/CityKids Foundation

Source: PRNewsFoto/CityKids Foundation

The Door and The CityKids Foundation Welcome the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge During Their First Visit to New York City

Two of New York City’s leading youth organizations – The Door and The CityKids Foundation – welcomed Their Royal Highnesses, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge for a tour and youth performance, including original song, dance and theater pieces, during their first official visit to New York City.

Additionally, the Duke and Duchess sat down for a private meeting with eight young people from The Door and The CityKids Foundation to learn more about their experiences growing up in New York City, the obstacles they faced, and the steps they took to shape who they are today. See the full release to learn more.

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Larry Grady is online content manager at PR Newswire for Journalists. He has worked in business media for nearly 30 years and enjoys reality TV and daydreaming about travel and wine.

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