Category: Baseball

Are Sports the Future Growth for Streaming Services? Poll Shows Sports Fans Will Subscribe and Stay

The blossoming marriage between sports and streaming services has never been more apparent than 59 percent of avid fans said they specifically subscribed to see an exclusive single game there – and 80 percent of those fans said they kept…

MLB Makes Progress, Fans Like Shorter Games More of general public say they will visit ballpark this year; 74 percent of MLB fans wish broadcast games were ‘easier to find.’

South Orange NJ, March 27, 2024 – Going into last year’s baseball season, 42 percent of Major League Baseball fans said games were too long – and MLB unveiled a number of sweeping rule changes that significantly shortened game times.…

Is Cable TV Striking Out with Sports Fans? Poll shows continued exodus from cable, but non-fans cutting cords in even greater numbers.

Sports programing has long been a major driving force behind cable TV subscriptions, going back to the birth of “superstations” (Braves, Yankees, Cubs, Mets) in the 1980s and the advent of ESPN Last year, the bulk of the most watched…

Fans Favor Pitch Clock, Shift Ban and Larger Bases; Numbers Stay Strong from Pre-Season to In-Season

South Orange, NJ, May 24, 2023 – Before the Major League Baseball season began (March, 2023), the Seton Hall Sports Poll found that fans embraced the new rules implemented for this season.  In some cases, support from self-described fans, avid…

Poll on Sports Betting USA, 2023

More Than 50 percent of U.S. Say Sports Betting Should Be Legal  Fans Say Announcers Should Be Mum On Odds During Games  ‘Too Many Sports Betting Ads During Games’ Say Majority of Fans   South Orange, NJ, March 2, 2023…

Americans Judge Single Season Home Run Record

56 percent of fans say Aaron Judge is the ‘rightful’ record holder, not Bonds; Fans approve of expanded wildcard format   South Orange, NJ October 14, 2022 – Aaron Judge’s pursuit of Roger Maris’ American League record of 61 home…

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.…