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Public Supports Antonio Brown Suspension, but Not as a Standard Procedure for NFL

South Orange, NJ, October 8, 2019 — By more than a 2-1 margin, the American public believes suspension of players being investigated for sexual misconduct by the NFL should be conducted on a case-by-case basis, without making the suspension standard procedure.

But the case of Antonio Brown, who was signed and then released after one game by the New England Patriots, appears to be one of the “case-by-case” cases in which the public supported his suspension during the investigation.

These were the findings of a Seton Hall Sports Poll conducted last week among 714 adult Americans across the country, either on landline or cellphone.  The poll has a margin of error of +/- 3.8 percent.

Fifty-one percent of the public believed Brown should have been suspended during the investigation with only 32 percent saying he should have been allowed to play.  Seventeen percent did not know or had no opinion.

But as a general procedure, only 30 percent of the public felt it should be standard procedure to suspend, with 64 percent saying it should be a case-by-case matter.  Six percent did not know or had no opinion.

“Brown did not exactly arrive with a clean slate when the Patriots signed him,” noted Rick Gentile, director of the Seton Hall Sports Poll, which is sponsored by the Sharkey Institute within the Stillman School of Businessat Seton Hall.  “Having the flexibility to go case-by-case does provide for a more complete review before taking the bold step of suspending an unconvicted player.”

About the poll:

This poll was conducted by telephone September 30 – October 2, 2019 among adults in the United States. The Seton Hall Sports Poll is conducted by the Sharkey Institute within the Stillman School of Business. Phone numbers were dialed from samples of both standard landline and cell phones.  The error for subgroups may be higher. This poll release conforms to the Standards of Disclosure of the National Council on Public Polls. The Seton Hall Sports Poll has been conducted regularly since 2006.Recently chosen for inclusion in iPoll by Cornell’s Roper Center for Public Opinion Research, its findings have been published everywhere from USA Today, ESPN, The New York Times, Washington Post, AP, and Reuters to Fox News and most points in between.

Media: Media: Marty Appel, AppelPR@gmail.com;
Michael Ricciardelli, Associate Director of Media Relations, Seton Hall
michael.ricciardelli@shu.edu, 908-447-3034

The results:

  1. The New England Patriots signed and played wide receiver Antonio Brown while he was under investigation by the NFL for accusations of sexual assault. He was subsequently released when more accusations of sexual misconduct surfaced.  Do you think Brown should have been allowed to play while being investigated or should the Patriots and the NFL have suspended him from playing while the investigation was ongoing?

 

1 – Allowed to play                                                  32%

2 – Suspended during investigation                     51
3 – Don’t know/No opinion                                    17

 

  1. Do you think it should be standard procedure in professional sports for players to be suspended from playing during investigation of sexual misconduct or should these situations be looked at on a case-by-case basis?

 

1 – Standard procedure to suspend                30

2 – Case-by-case basis                                        64
3 – Don’t know/No opinion                                  6

ABOUT SETON HALL UNIVERSITY

One of the country’s leading Catholic universities, Seton Hall has been showing the world what great minds can do since 1856. Home to nearly 10,000 undergraduate and graduate students and offering more than 90 rigorous academic programs, Seton Hall’s academic excellence has been singled out for distinction by The Princeton Review, U.S. News & World Report and Bloomberg Businessweek.

Seton Hall embraces students of all religions and prepares them to be exemplary servant leaders and global citizens. In recent years, the University has achieved extraordinary success. Since 2009, it has seen record-breaking undergraduate enrollment growth and an impressive 110-point increase in the average SAT scores of incoming freshmen. In the past decade, Seton Hall students and alumni have received more than 30 Fulbright Scholarships as well as other prestigious academic honors, including Boren Awards, Pickering Fellowships, Udall Scholarships and a Rhodes Scholarship. The University is also proud to be the third most diverse national Catholic university in the nation.

During the past five years, the University has invested more than $165 million in new campus buildings and renovations. And in 2015, Seton Hall launched a School of Medicine as well as a College of Communication and the Arts. The University’s beautiful main campus in suburban South Orange, N.J. is only 14 miles from New York City — offering students a wealth of employment, internship, cultural and entertainment opportunities. Seton Hall’s nationally recognized School of Law is located prominently in downtown Newark. The University’s Interprofessional Health Sciences (IHS) campus in Clifton and Nutley, N.J. opened in the summer of 2018. The IHS campus houses the University’s College of Nursing, School of Health and Medical Sciences and the Hackensack Meridian School of Medicine at Seton Hall University.

For more information, visit www.shu.edu.

 

 

Sizeable Support for Speeding Up Baseball and Increased Scoring; A Majority Likes the Proposed 3-Batter Rule for Relievers

South Orange NJ, April 16, 2019 — A third of the American public (33 percent) say they would follow Major League Baseball more if the games moved faster, (58 percent said they would not), and more than a quarter (28 percent) say they would follow more if there was more scoring, (64 percent said they would not). Nine and eight percent respectively, said they did not know.

The Seton Hall Sports Poll was conducted last week among 676 adult Americans across the country, either on landline or cellphone. The poll has a margin of error of +/- 3.9 percent. Certain questions, including those regarding rules changes, were asked only of those who said that they followed baseball, of whom 456 participated with a margin of error of +/- 4.7 percent.

The poll found that a sizeable number of those who follow baseball approve of proposed rule changes currently being considered or tried in the minor or independent leagues, with the idea of relief pitchers having to face at least three batters (unless ending an inning), receiving majority support. Fifty-three percent approved of the relief pitcher rule change, with 38 percent disapproving. Ten percent did not know or had no opinion.

On Moving the Mound Back; On Having a Man on Second to Start Extra Innings

Asked about moving the mound back to 62 feet from its long-time standard of 60’6”, 59 percent disapproved, and 29 percent approved. (This proposal, however, is already reported as being scrapped by MLB). Twenty-two percent had no opinion or did not know. A proposal to start extra innings by placing a runner on second base, met with only 17 percent approval, and with 77 percent disapproval.

“While there is sizeable support for changes (especially for the three-batter minimum for relief pitchers), the trick is to find what rules can be integrated without changing the history and statistics of the game,” noted Rick Gentile, director of the Seton Hall Sports Poll, which is sponsored by the Sharkey Institute within the Stillman School of Business.

On Keeping the Designated Hitter

On the designated hitter rule, which has been in place now for 46 seasons, 61 percent said it should be left as is, with 22 percent saying it should be extended to the National League, making 83 percent in favor of having a DH in the game, or at least in one league. Only nine percent said it should be eliminated from the American League.

Support for Rose in Hall Does Not Grow Despite Legalized Sports Gambling

Asked if they would follow baseball more closely if they could legally bet on the games, 72 percent said no, and 19 percent said yes. Nine percent did not know.

But the emergence of legal gambling in certain states, which has been embraced by Major League Baseball, did not move the needle much on the question of Pete Rose getting into the Hall of Fame. Fifty-two percent said his ban should be lifted, a little less than the 56 percent who supported his election in a Seton Hall Sports Poll conducted in January 2016.

Less Home Runs Equals Less Interest?

With home runs being hit in record numbers in recent years, people were asked if their interest in baseball would change if home runs declined. Six percent said it would increase, 13 percent said it would decrease and 75 percent said it would remain the same. Six percent did not know.

On the question of allowing players accused of using performance enhancing drugs going into the Hall of Fame, 70 percent said no and 19 percent said yes, 11 percent did not know or had no opinion.

Television Remains Dominant Way of Following Baseball

The final questions of the poll were asked about viewing habits. Seventy-nine percent said when they watch, they watch on TV, four percent said they watch online, and 15 percent said both. Fifty-one percent said they primarily follow baseball by watching the games, 30 percent said watching video highlights, seven percent said the radio and five percent said newspapers.

Results breakdown below.

ABOUT SETON HALL UNIVERSITY

One of the country’s leading Catholic universities, Seton Hall has been showing the world what great minds can do since 1856. Home to nearly 10,000 undergraduate and graduate students and offering more than 90 rigorous academic programs, Seton Hall’s academic excellence has been singled out for distinction by The Princeton Review, U.S. News & World Report and Bloomberg Businessweek.

Seton Hall embraces students of all religions and prepares them to be exemplary servant leaders and global citizens. In recent years, the University has achieved extraordinary success. Since 2009, it has seen record-breaking undergraduate enrollment growth and an impressive 110-point increase in the average SAT scores of incoming freshmen. In the past decade, Seton Hall students and alumni have received more than 30 Fulbright Scholarships as well as other prestigious academic honors, including Boren Awards, Pickering Fellowships, Udall Scholarships and a Rhodes Scholarship. The University is also proud to be the third most diverse national Catholic university in the nation.

During the past five years, the University has invested more than $165 million in new campus buildings and renovations. And in 2015, Seton Hall launched a School of Medicine as well as a College of Communication and the Arts. The University’s beautiful main campus in suburban South Orange, N.J. is only 14 miles from New York City — offering students a wealth of employment, internship, cultural and entertainment opportunities. Seton Hall’s nationally recognized School of Law is located prominently in downtown Newark. The University’s Interprofessional Health Sciences (IHS) campus in Clifton and Nutley, N.J. opened in the summer of 2018. The IHS campus houses the University’s College of Nursing, School of Health and Medical Sciences and the Hackensack Meridian School of Medicine at Seton Hall University.

For more information, visit www.shu.edu.

About the poll:

This poll was conducted by telephone April 16-19 among adults in the United States. The Seton Hall Sports Poll is conducted by the Sharkey Institute within the Stillman School of Business. Phone numbers were dialed from samples of both standard landline and cell phones.  The error for subgroups may be higher. This poll release conforms to the Standards of Disclosure of the National Council on Public Polls. The Seton Hall Sports Poll has been conducted regularly since 2006.Recently chosen for inclusion in iPoll by Cornell’s Roper Center for Public Opinion Research, its findings have been published everywhere from USA Today, ESPN, The New York Times, Washington Post, AP, and Reuters to Fox News and most points in between.

Media: Media: Marty Appel, AppelPR@gmail.com;
Michael Ricciardelli, Associate Director of Media Relations, Seton Hall
michael.ricciardelli@shu.edu, 908-447-3034

The results:

Do you think you would watch or follow more Major League Baseball:

  1. If the games moved much faster?

 

1 – Yes                                                                33%

2 – No                                                                 58

3 – Don’t know/No opinion                                  8

 

  1. If there was more scoring?

 

1 – Yes                                                                28

2 – No                                                                 64

3 – Don’t know/No opinion                                  8

 

  1. If you were legally allowed to place bets on the games?

 

1 – Yes                                                                19

2 – No                                                                 72

3 – Don’t know/No opinion                                  9

 

  1. If home run numbers declined would your interest in baseball increase, decrease or remain the same?

1 – Increase                                                        6

2 – Decrease                                                       13

3 – Remain the same                                          75

4 – Don’t know/No opinion                                  6

 

  1. Pete Rose has been prohibited from being elected into the Baseball Hall of Fame because he gambled on baseball games while an active player and manager. Do you think because sports betting has been legalized in some states the prohibition on Rose getting into the Hall should be lifted?

 

1 – Yes                                                                52

2 – No                                                                 30

3 – Don’t know/No opinion                                  18

 

  1. Do you think players who have been linked to performance enhancing drug use should be allowed to be members of the Baseball Hall of Fame?

 

1 – Yes                                                                19

2 – No                                                                 70

3 – Don’t know/No opinion                                  12

 

  1. Would you say you watch or follow baseball a great deal, a good amount, a little or not at all?

 

1 – Great deal                                                     11

2 – Good amount                                                18

3 – A little                                                               35

4 – Not at all                                                          35

5 – Don’t know                                                        1

 

(IF “NOT AT ALL” SKIP TO DEMOGRAPHICS)

In order to increase offense and shorten the length of games, Major League Baseball has proposed a series of rules changes. Please tell me whether you approve or disapprove of the following proposals:

  1. It is proposed to move the pitcher’s mound back from the traditional 60 feet 6 inches to 62 feet

1 – Approve                                                         29

2 – Disapprove                                                   59

3 – Don’t know/No opinion                                  12

 

  1. Another proposal is to start extra innings by placing a runner on second base at the beginning of each extra frame.

 

1 – Approve                                                         17

2 – Disapprove                                                    77

3 – Don’t know/No opinion                                  6

 

  1. Another proposal mandating that relief pitchers must pitch to at least 3 batters (unless finishing an inning) before being removed from the game?

 

1 – Approve                                                         53

2 – Disapprove                                                    38

3 – Don’t know/No opinion                                  10

 

  1. Do you think the Designated Hitter rule should be extended to the National League, eliminated from the American League or should things be left as they are?

 

1 – Extended to NL                                             22

2 – Eliminated from AL                                        9

3 – Left alone                                                              61

4 – Don’t know/No opinion                                             8

 

  1. When you watch a baseball game do you watch on TV, online, or both TV and online?

 

1 – TV                                                                 79

2 – Online                                                            4

3 – Both                                                               15

4 – Don’t know                                                    3

 

13.How would you say you primarily follow baseball, by watching games, reading newspapers, listening to the radio or through video highlights?

 

1 – Watching games                                           51

2 – Newspapers                                                5

3 – Radio                                                             7

4 – Video highlights                                        30

5 – Other                                                             5

6 – Don’t know                                                   3

 

 

 

In Wake of NFL Post-Season Controversies Public Wants Rule Changes for Pass Interference and OT

In Wake of NFL Post-Season Controversies Public Wants Rule Changes
for Pass Interference and OT
Nation also ‘tired’ of seeing Patriots in Super Bowl; thinks legalized gambling can lead to scandal

South Orange NJ, February 2, 2019 – By an overwhelming margin, the public wants instant replay for judgment calls such as pass interference, according to a Seton Hall Sports Poll conducted this week.

Asked if replay review should be allowed for judgment calls like pass interference, 82% said yes, with only 10% saying no and the rest having no opinion or saying they did not know.
Among those who said they followed the sport closely, even more, 89%, said yes, while only 7% said no.

Even among the respondents who said they follow the NFL very closely, 85% said yes, they “think instant replay review should be allowed for judgment calls like pass interference.” Among that group of very close followers, however, 13% said “no.”

Regarding overtime possession rules, a majority of respondents polled said that each team should get at least one possession in overtime: 58% said that both teams should have the ball, with only 33% saying the rule (a touchdown on first possession ends the game), should be left alone.

The poll received 985 adult responses across the country, using both landlines and cellphones, with a margin of error of +/- 3.2%.

“In the NFL’s championship games, referee calls and non-calls made a very big difference,” noted Rick Gentile, director of the poll, which is sponsored by the Sharkey Institute of the Stillman School of Business at Seton Hall.  “And in some ways, Kansas City’s offense never getting a chance to take the field in overtime was anticlimactic – never a good thing in the entertainment business, and something the NFL may want to pay attention to along with the overwhelming support for instant replay review for judgment calls such as pass interference.”

Nation ‘Tired’ of Patriots

Perhaps the overtime rules wouldn’t have seemed so unfair if the Kansas City Chiefs hadn’t been playing the New England Patriots, who have made their way to the Super Bowl four out of the past five years.

Nearly half of Americans say they are tired of seeing the New England Patriots in the Super Bowl.

46% said they were tired of seeing them, with only 25% saying their appearance would make the game more interesting.

Among those who follow the NFL closely or very closely, the number rose to 62% who are tired of seeing them against only 27% who thought their appearance would make the game more interesting.

Tom Brady
The numbers are not very good for New England quarterback Tom Brady either, whose favorable rating has fallen to only 29% after a high of 61% in February 2015, when the Poll first asked about him.  That was before the penalty for “Deflategate” was instituted, and his favorable rating fell to 34% by that October.

Brady’s favorable rating was only 24% among women and 35% among men. While the overall rating is 29% favorable to 23% unfavorable, among those that follow the NFL closely it is even.

Bill Belichick

Patriots’ coach Bill Belichick had only a 20% favorable rating in this poll, about even with his standing in October of 2015 in the wake of “Deflategate.”

“Despite his brilliance on the field, it appears the effects of ‘Deflategate’ and the suggestion that Brady was a cheater may linger for the remainder of his career,” noted Director Gentile, “As for ‘Patriots Fatigue’ it will be interesting to see how it effects the ratings.”

Legal Sports Betting 

Meanwhile, as legalized sports betting begins a growth period on a state-by-state basis, Americans had a strong feeling that it will inevitably lead to scandal.  Asked if they believe legal betting can lead to cheating or fixing of games by players, 81% said yes, and 79% said it can lead to cheating or fixing of games by referees or umpires.

What is music to a network ear however, is that 71% say they would be more likely to watch a broadcast of a game on which they bet. Even better news is by more than 5 to 1, people 18-29 are more inclined to watch a game they bet on. This is similar with Seton Hall Sports Poll’s finding when the question was first asked last fall.

This release may be found online at http://blogs.shu.edu/sportspoll/

The Official Seton Hall Sports Poll podcast discussing this topic with Seth Everett and Rick Gentile can befound at https://itunes.apple.com/mt/podcast/seton-hall-sports-poll/id1053266467.

About the poll:

This poll was conducted by telephone January 28-30 among adults in the United States. The Seton Hall Sports Poll is conducted by the Sharkey Institute. Phone numbers were dialed from samples of both standard landline and cell phones.  The error for subgroups may be higher. This poll release conforms to the Standards of Disclosure of the National Council on Public Polls. The Seton Hall Sports Poll has been conducted regularly since 2006.

Media: Media: Marty Appel, AppelPR@gmail.com; Rick Gentile (917) 881-9489
Michael Ricciardelli, Associate Director of Media Relations, Seton Hall
michael.ricciardelli@shu.edu, 908-447-3034

The results:

 

  1. Last year the Supreme Court ruled that betting on sporting events could be declared legal by individual states.  Do you approve of this ruling, disapprove or do you have no opinion?

 

1 – Approve                             38%

2 – Disapprove                       16

3 – Don’t know/No opinion      46

 

  1. Former member of congress and ex-NBA player Tom McMillen said last week that as a result of legalized sports betting “There is a 100% chance that there will be a major gambling scandal at an institution of higher education in the United States.”  Do you agree or disagree

with his statement?

 

1 – Agree                                 51

2 – Disagree                           33

3 – Don’t know/No opinion      16

 

  1. Do you believe legal betting on sports events can lead to cheating or fixing games by players?

 

1 – Yes                                     81

2 – No                                     15

3 – Don’t know/No opinion        4

 

  1. Do you believe legal betting on sports events can lead to cheating or fixing games by referees or umpires?

 

1 – Yes                                     79

2 – No                                     18

3 – Don’t know/No opinion        3

 

  1. Do you participate in any pools or wagering on the Super Bowl?

 

1 – Yes                                     11

2 – No                                     88

3 – Don’t know                          0

(If No skip to Question 7)

 

  1. Would you watch the game if you weren’t betting on it or participating in a pool?

 

1 – Yes                                     79

2 – No                                     20

3 – Don’t know                          2

 

  1. Have you ever participated in any pools or wagered on the Super Bowl?

 

1 – Yes                                     31

3 – No                                     68

4 – Don’t know                          1

 

  1. Would you be more likely to bet on a sports event if it was legal in your state?

 

1 – Yes                                     29

2 – No                                     68

3 – Don’t know                          3

 

  1. If you placed a bet on a sports event would it make you more likely to watch the broadcast of that event?

 

1 – Yes                                     71

2 – No                                     27

3 – Don’t know                          2

 

  1. Is your opinion of Patriots’ quarterback Tom Brady favorable, unfavorable or do you have no opinion?

 

1 – Favorable                           29

2 – Unfavorable                      23

3 – No opinion                         48

 

  1. How about Patriots’ coach Bill Belichick, is your opinion favorable, unfavorable or do you have no opinion?

 

1 – Favorable                           20

2 – Unfavorable                       21

3 – No opinion                         59

 

  1. This will be the 4th time in the last 5 years that the New England Patriots will appear in the Super Bowl.  Does that make them more interesting to see play again or are you tired of seeing

them in the Super Bowl?

 

1 – More interesting                 25

2 – Tired of seeing them         46

3 – Don’t know/No opinion      29

 

  1. How closely would you say you follow the NFL, very closely, closely, not closely or not at all?

 

1 – Very closely                       13

2 – Closely                             27

3 – Not closely                        30

4 – Not at all                           30

5 – Don’t know                          0

 

  1. There was controversy regarding the NFC and AFC Championship Games last week because of calls, or non-calls by the referees.  Do you think replay review should be allowed for judgment calls like pass interference?

 

1 – Yes                                     82

2 – No                                     10

3 – Don’t know/No opinion        9

 

  1. In the NFL if the team that wins the coin toss for the overtime period elects to receive the ball and then scores a touchdown on the first drive, the game is over.  This just happened in the AFC Championship game between the Patriots and Chiefs.  Do you think both teams should have a chance to possess the ball at least once in the overtime period or should the rule remain as is?

 

1 – Both teams should possess the ball         58

2 – Leave rule as is                                       33

3 – Don’t know/No opinion                              9

 

 

ABOUT SETON HALL UNIVERSITY

One of the country’s leading Catholic universities, Seton Hall has been showing the world what great minds can do since 1856. Home to nearly 10,000 undergraduate and graduate students and offering more than 90 rigorous academic programs, Seton Hall’s academic excellence has been singled out for distinction by The Princeton Review, U.S. News & World Report and Bloomberg Businessweek.

Seton Hall embraces students of all religions and prepares them to be exemplary servant leaders and global citizens. In recent years, the University has achieved extraordinary success. Since 2009, it has seen record-breaking undergraduate enrollment growth and an impressive 110-point increase in the average SAT scores of incoming freshmen. In the past decade, Seton Hall students and alumni have received more than 30 Fulbright Scholarships as well as other prestigious academic honors, including Boren Awards, Pickering Fellowships, Udall Scholarships and a Rhodes Scholarship. The University is also proud to be the third most diverse national Catholic university in the nation.

During the past five years, the University has invested more than $165 million in new campus buildings and renovations. And in 2015, Seton Hall launched a School of Medicine as well as a College of Communication and the Arts. The University’s beautiful main campus in suburban South Orange, N.J. is only 14 miles from New York City — offering students a wealth of employment, internship, cultural and entertainment opportunities. Seton Hall’s nationally recognized School of Law is located prominently in downtown Newark. The University’s Interprofessional Health Sciences (IHS) campus in Clifton and Nutley, N.J. opened in the summer of 2018. The IHS campus houses the University’s College of Nursing, School of Health and Medical Sciences and the Hackensack Meridian School of Medicine at Seton Hall University.

For more information, visit www.shu.edu.

31% of Fans Find NFL Less Enjoyable with New Safety Rules This Year

South Orange, NJ, November 2, 2018– With the NFL having instituted a number of new safety rules this season, the football-loving public has weighed in, with 31% saying the game is less enjoyable, and only 11% saying it is more enjoyable.  54% say it has no effect.

Among men, 35% say it is less enjoyable, and among women, the number is 15%.

“It is noteworthy that men prefer the more violent game, as articulated by President Trump,” noted Rick Gentile, director of the poll, which is sponsored by the Sharkey Institute.

Responses are based on the number of people (469) who have said that they have watched NFL games this season.

The poll was conducted October 29-31 among 839 adults across the country, on landlines and cellphones.  Of the group that has watched the NFL this year, the sampling has a margin of error of +/- 4.6%.

The poll also asked the “watch NFL group” questions about officiating, and it found that 24% believe officiating has gotten worse, with only 11% saying it has improved.  54% said it remained the same.

Meanwhile, the NFL took the unusual step of firing an official after five games, the first time a ref was fired in mid-season in 50 years.  40% of fans (from the full sample) called that a positive move, with 28% calling it a PR stunt.

The Official Seton Hall Sports Poll podcast discussing this topic with Seth Everett and Rick Gentile can be found at https://itunes.apple.com/mt/podcast/seton-hall-sports-poll/id1053266467.

ABOUT SETON HALL UNIVERSITY

One of the country’s leading Catholic universities, Seton Hall has been showing the world what great minds can do since 1856. Home to nearly 10,000 undergraduate and graduate students and offering more than 90 rigorous academic programs, Seton Hall’s academic excellence has been singled out for distinction by The Princeton Review, U.S. News & World Report and Bloomberg Businessweek.

Seton Hall embraces students of all religions and prepares them to be exemplary servant leaders and global citizens. In recent years, the University has achieved extraordinary success. Since 2009, it has seen record-breaking undergraduate enrollment growth and an impressive 110-point increase in the average SAT scores of incoming freshmen. In the past decade, Seton Hall students and alumni have received more than 30 Fulbright Scholarships as well as other prestigious academic honors, including Boren Awards, Pickering Fellowships, Udall Scholarships and a Rhodes Scholarship. The University is also proud to be the third most diverse national Catholic university in the nation.

During the past five years, the University has invested more than $165 million in new campus buildings and renovations. And in 2015, Seton Hall launched a School of Medicine as well as a College of Communication and the Arts. The University’s beautiful main campus in suburban South Orange, N.J. is only 14 miles from New York City — offering students a wealth of employment, internship, cultural and entertainment opportunities. Seton Hall’s nationally recognized School of Law is located prominently in downtown Newark. The University’s Interprofessional Health Sciences (IHS) campus in Clifton and Nutley, N.J. opened in the summer of 2018. The IHS campus houses the University’s College of Nursing, School of Health and Medical Sciences and the Hackensack Meridian School of Medicine at Seton Hall University.

For more information, visit www.shu.edu.

About the poll:

This poll was conducted by telephone October 29-31 among adults in the United States. The Seton Hall Sports Poll is conducted by the Sharkey Institute. Phone numbers were dialed from samples of both standard landline and cell phones.  The error for subgroups may be higher. This poll release conforms to the Standards of Disclosure of the National Council on Public Polls. The Seton Hall Sports Poll has been conducted regularly since 2006.

Media: Media: Marty Appel, AppelPR@gmail.com; Rick Gentile (917) 881-9489
Michael Ricciardelli, Associate Director of Media Relations, Seton Hall
michael.ricciardelli@shu.edu, 908-447-3034

The results:

  1. Have you watched any NFL games this season?

1 – Yes: 56%
2 – No: 43%
3 – Don’t know: 1%

(IF NO SKIP NEXT 2 QUESTIONS)

  1. The NFL has adopted several new rules designed to increase player safety, including leading with the helmet in making a tackle. Have the new rules made the game more enjoyable to watch, less enjoyable or have had no effect?

1 – More enjoyable: 11%
2 – Less enjoyable: 31%
3 – No effect: 54%
4 – Don’t know/No opinion: 4%

  1. Do you think officiating in the NFL this season has generally improved, gotten worse or remained the same?

1 – Improved: 11%
2 – Gotten worse: 24%
3 – Remained the same: 54%
4 – Don’t know/No opinion: 11%

  1. An NFL referee was fired after 5 games this season for bad performance – the first time a ref was fired in mid-season in 50 years. Do you think this is a positive move by the league or a PR stunt to answer criticism of general bad officiating?

1 – Positive move: 40%
2 – PR stunt: 28%
3 – Both: 5%
4 – Don’t know/No opinion: 27%

  1. How closely would you say you follow sports, very closely, closely, not closely or not at all?

1 – Very closely: 17%
2 – Closely: 29%
3 – Not closely: 37%
4 – Not at all: 16%

 

Baseball Games ‘Feel’ Faster with Limited Visits to the Mound (2 to1), But Length of Game, Drugs, Declining Interest, Big Market Advantage Are Still Problems for Baseball

South Orange, NJ, May 1, 2018 — By a 2-1 margin, and In the first measurement of “speed-up” rule changes initiated this year by Major League Baseball, 46% of Americans believe that these changes, especially limiting visits to the mound, will make the game feel like it’s going faster. Only 24% said it would not feel faster, (31% had no opinion).

The Seton Hall Sports Poll, conducted last week after three weeks of this season had concluded, presented a positive endorsement for MLB of its changes.

The Poll was conducted by landline and cell phone at 736 adults across the country, and has a margin of error of +/- 3.7%.

The poll showed 53% saying games took too long, with 40% disagreeing. When the same question was asked by the Seton Hall Sports Poll in 2011, only 44% said the games took too long, with 51% disagreeing.

“The balance has shifted,” noted Rick Gentile, director of the poll, which is sponsored by the Stillman School of Business and its Sharkey Institute. “More fans now believe the games are too long, but MLB should be pleased to see that about half the people at least ‘feel’ they are faster paced.”

The “feel” of the games having a faster pace was important to officials at MLB during the winter, when the changes were approved.

By 3 to 1, a rule that was implemented only on the minor league level was soundly booed by respondents. The minors are experimenting with allowing a runner to be stationed at second base to start an extra inning, but only 20% said they favored that at the Major League level, and 60% disdained it.

Baseball still has at least a perception problem when it comes to performance enhancing drugs, with 39% saying they believe the problem still exists, with 31% disagreeing.

Asked if big market clubs have an advantage in acquiring the best free agent players, 80% said yes, compared to 84% when the poll asked the same question seven years ago.

The poll asked whether there are not enough African-American players in the Major Leagues, a question that was also asked in 2011. Attitudes have shifted over seven years:

There are not enough African-American Players in the Major Leagues

Agree Disagree No Opinion
2018 32 39 29
2011 18 62 14

Among white respondents this year, 27% felt there were not enough; while 43% disagreed. Among African-American respondents, 61% agreed while only 19% disagreed.

By a 4-1 Margin, Ages 18-29 Say They Are Less Interested in Baseball

Asked whether they were more interested, less interested, or “about the same” regarding interest in baseball, by a 4-1 margin, those ages 18-29 said they were less interested in the game. 23% of that age group said they were less interested, and only 5% said they were more interested.

As an aggregate, 13% of total respondents said they were more interested, 21% said less and 60% said their interest was about the same as in the past. Broken down by gender, 15% of women said they were more interested, and 15% said less. But 11% of men were more interested vs. 27% less interested.

In 2011, the aggregate poll found 17% more interested, 18% less interested, 58% about the same.

More interested, less interested or interest in baseball about the same:

 

More interested           Less Interested        About the Same

2018                            13                                21                                60

2011                            17                                18                                58

 

“The numbers are not shifting in a positive way for baseball,” said Gentile.

The Official Seton Hall Sports Poll podcast discussing this topic with Seth Everett and Rick Gentile can be found at https://itunes.apple.com/mt/podcast/seton-hall-sports-poll/id1053266467.

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About the poll:

This poll was conducted by telephone April 23-25 among 736 adults in the United States. The Seton Hall Sports Poll is conducted by the Sharkey Institute, with cell phone interviewing provided by Braun Research.

Phone numbers were dialed from samples of both standard landline and cell phones. The error due to sampling for results based on the entire sample could be plus or minus 3.7 percentage points. The error for subgroups may be higher. This poll release conforms to the Standards of Disclosure of the National Council on Public Polls.

The Seton Hall Sports Poll has been conducted regularly since 2006.

Media: Media: Marty Appel, AppelPR@gmail.com;
Michael Ricciardelli, Associate Director of Media Relations, Seton Hall
michael.ricciardelli@shu.edu, 908-447-3034

The results:

 

With regard to your interest in baseball, are you more interested, less interested or is your interest in baseball about the same as in the past?

More interested       13

Less interested       21

About the same       60

Don’t know       2

  1. I’m going to make some statements about baseball. Please tell me if you agree or disagree with the statement: The games take too long.

Agree       53

Disagree       40

Don’t know/No opinion       8

 

  1. Big market teams have a better chance of acquiring the best free agents than smaller market teams

Agree       80

Disagree       7

Don’t know/No opinion       13

  1. There are not enough African American players

Agree                   32 (w-27%, A-A 61%)

Disagree       39 (w-43%, A-A 19%)

Don’t know/No opinion       29 (w-30%, A-A 21%)

 

  1. Too many players use performance enhancing drugs

Agree       39

Disagree       31

Don’t know/No opinion       30

6. Do you think changes to the rules of baseball this year — particularly limits on visits to the pitcher’s mound — will make the game feel like it’s going faster?

Yes       46

No       24

Don’t know/No opinion       31

 

  1. The minor leagues are experimenting with starting each extra inning with a runner on second base. Would you like to see this rule implemented in the major leagues?

Yes       20

No       60

Don’t know/No opinion       20

8. More home runs were hit in the major leagues last year than ever before. If home run numbers significantly declined would your interest in baseball increase, decrease or remain the same?

Increase       4

Decrease       12

Remain the same       76

Don’t know/No opinion       8