Category: Baseball

Sports Poll Featured by International Business Times, Sports Business Journal, The Athletic, Grant Wahl, Darren Rovell and More

The most recent findings of the Seton Hall Sports Poll were featured in media across the United States and beyond and included traditional news articles, Tweets, podcasts and radio shows. Media appearances included International Business Times, Sports Business Journal (three times), The Athletic, The Beat…

1 in 4 American Households Have Purchased or Sold Crypto/NFTs; Nearly 60% of Avid Sports Fans Have Indulged

Fans Like Benefits from NFT Ownership; Seek More While the concepts of cryptocurrency (Bitcoin, Ethereum, etc.,) and non-fungible tokens (NFT) may still be foreign to many Americans, 24 percent of households in the U.S. have owned either or both. And…

Did a Stitch in Time Save the Mudville 9? By Nearly 3-1 Fans Did Not ‘Lose Interest’ Because of Baseball Work Stoppage

South Orange, NJ March 16, 2022 – After the announcement that Major League Baseball’s work stoppage was over and the 2022 season would be played in full, respondents to a Seton Hall Sports Poll expressed renewed interest in the game.…

 Fans: Two-Thirds Say OK for Athletes To Sit Out Due to Mental Health Issues, Think Teams Should Employ Mental Health Counselors   

South Orange, NJ, Jan. 6 – Some two-thirds of American sports fans say that it is “acceptable” for an athlete not to compete due to mental health issues or concerns. This is the case regardless of whether the athlete is…

Fans Support Dropping ‘Indians’ Name in Cleveland Baseball, Ok with ‘Braves,’ But Divided on Tomahawk Chop

                        Much less support for ‘Guardians,’ Cleveland’s new name. South Orange, NJ, Dec. 16 – After discussions with community members and Native American groups, the Cleveland Indians are no more, with the franchise changing its name for the 2022 MLB…

A Warning to MLB: 30% of Fans (and 44% of Avid Fans) Say ‘Less Interest’ When Games Resume; Fans Divided on Baseball Rule Changes, but by 6 to 1 Avid Fans Say Both Leagues Should Have DH, By 2 to 1 Fans Say Extend Wild Card to Series; Support Shorter Season  

South Orange, NJ, December 15, 2021 – Even with Major League Baseball shutdown due to a labor lockout – and the traditional hot stove turned cold – the nation’s sports fans are not without strong opinions on matters being negotiated…

The Olympics: No Fans or Families in the Stands? Nearly Half of Americans Say They’ll Still Be Watching  

52 percent agree with foreign citizen ban, only 33 percent agree with banning families of athletes; 53 percent think it is appropriate for Olympic athletes to speak out on human rights issues in their own nation. The Tokyo Summer Olympic…

More Than Half of Americans Want Vaccine Proof, Social Distancing and Masks As Sports Venues Move to Full Capacity

Among Sports Fans 60 Percent Favor Vaccine Requirement for Event Attendance; 72 Percent Want Social Distancing Sections South Orange, NJ, May 26, 2021 – As many states move to “reopen” and allow full capacity at sports venues, sports fans and…

Move the Pitching Rubber Back? Drop DH After Starting Pitcher Leaves? Sports Fans Approve Measures to ‘Build Excitement’

30 Percent of Fans Plan on Attending Game, 48 Percent Have Watched or Listened this Season South Orange, NJ, May 4, 2021 – In a series of experiments sanctioned by Major League Baseball, the independent Atlantic League is slated to…

Americans Not Yet Ready for Full Capacity Events

But ‘Comfort’ Attending Events with Social Distancing, PPE and Vaccines Continues Trend Upward Only 35% of Public Supports Texas Rangers Decision to Open at Full Capacity South Orange, NJ, April 28, 2021 – The Seton Hall Sports Poll asked Americans…

Sports Fans Weigh In, Some Baseball Rules Are Ready for Change: Support for National League DH, Seven-Inning Doubleheaders, 16-Team Playoffs Is Strongest; 42 Percent of Sports Fans ‘More Excited’ for this Year’s Baseball Season.

South Orange NJ, March 25, 2021 – Faced with declining attendance every season since 2013 (excluding the Covid-shortened 2020 season), Major League Baseball is looking at rule changes to speed up the game and maybe win back the hearts of its fans.…

By More than 2-1, American Public Says Student Athletes Should Be Allowed to Profit from Use of Name/Image/Likeness

In Dramatic Shift, Public Thinks All Student Athletes in Revenue Producing Sports Should Be Compensated Beyond Scholarships South Orange NJ, March 16, 2021 – By more than a 2-to-1 margin, Americans believe that student athletes should be allowed to profit from the…

50 Percent Place Most Blame on Justin Turner for Covid-Laced World Series Celebration

South Orange NJ, November 30, 2020 –  The final game of the World Series attracted wide attention when Los Angeles Dodgers player Justin Turner, having been removed from the game after testing positive for Coronavirus, returned to the field to…

61% Agree with Athletes’ Right to Speak Out for Social Justice; But More than a Third Say It Hinders Desire To Watch Games, Ruins Sports as ‘Escape’

South Orange NJ, November 23, 2020  — While 61 percent of Americans say that athletes have a right to free speech and it is their decision to speak out for social justice, 35 percent call sports their “escape” and don’t want to…

67 Percent of Americans Say No To Indoor Sporting Events Without Vaccine

67 Percent of Americans Say No To Indoor Sporting Events Without Vaccine South Orange NJ, November 18, 2020  —  Even masked, wearing personal protective equipment and socially distanced, 67 percent of Americans surveyed said they would not attend an indoor sporting event…

By 3 to 1 Margin Americans Say Astros Investigation was a Coverup and Players Need to Be Punished; 17% less inclined to follow baseball because of handling of Astros scandal; 63% Have Less Respect for US Government Following Impeachment Proceedings

17% less inclined to follow baseball because of handling of Astros scandal; 63% Have Less Respect for US Government Following Impeachment Proceedings South Orange, NJ – February 27, 2020 — By a sizeable margin, a majority of Americans feel that…

‘Strip Houston Astros of 2017 Title’ Say Americans by Wide Margin: 84% Say ‘Really Hurts Game’ when Team Breaks Rules; 83% Say ‘Really Hurts Country’ when Politicians Do

Support Expressed for Kobe Bryant Adorning NBA Logo South Orange NJ, February 10, 2020  —  By a wide margin – 52 percent to 35 percent, Americans believe that the Houston Astros’ world championship of 2017 should have been taken away.…