Category: General News

Sports Fans Cutting Cords, Wading into the Stream: 9 Pt. Drop in Cable, 6 in Satellite Subscriptions Last Year

South Orange, NJ June 14, 2022 – The television landscape has been gradually shifting for years, and the Seton Hall Sports Poll has been tracking this shift in how the American public is watching sports. In comparison to a May…

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…

With Omicron Declining, Super Bowl Viewers Return to Gatherings, But More ‘Cutting Cord’; Nearly Half of Americans Favor Sports Gambling, 22 Percent Will Bet on Super Bowl  

South Orange, NJ, February 10, 2022 – For this year’s Super Bowl, 36 percent of those watching say they will do so with people that include individuals outside of their immediate families. Apparently, Super Bowl parties are back. The number…

54% of Americans Say Only Vaccinated Fans Should Be Allowed to Attend Sporting Events; Finding Holds Across Regions, Age Groups and Gender

Despite L.A. plans to abandon mask requirement for Super Bowl, 58 percent say masks, vaccines and negative covid tests make attendance safer. 53% Say Tennis Star Novak Djokovic Rightfully Excluded from Australian Open    South Orange, NJ, February 4, 2022…

 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…

Omicron Concerns? Poll Finds Sports Fans More Cautious About Attendance at Games – First Downward Trend Since Question First Asked in 2020    

South Orange, NJ, Dec. 20 – For the first time since the introduction of the COVID-19 vaccine a year ago, the number of people saying they would attend a live sporting event has decreased. The Seton Hall Sport Poll has…

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…

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…

Majority of Fans Support Removal of Baseball’s All-Star Game from Atlanta, Possible Removal of Super Bowl from Arizona Over Voting Laws

Support for Boycott of Beijing Olympic Games Over Human Rights Issues; Support for Athletes, Leagues, Unions Championing Social Change South Orange, NJ, April 29, 2021 – By a 55-31 percent margin, a new Seton Hall Sports Poll has found that…

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…

60 Percent of Sports Fans ‘Rooting’ for Tiger Woods Return to Competitive Golf, 38 Percent Say They Would Purchase a Product He Endorses

South Orange, NJ, March 30, 2021 – As Tiger Woods recovers from his serious auto accident last month, 43 percent of Americans say they are rooting for his return to competitive golf, with the number rising to 60 percent among…

March Madness: Isolation Bubble for Players Is Fair, One Third of Americans Say TV Sports a Positive for Mental Health in Pandemic

Comfort in Attending Games Ticks Upward; Number Who Say They Are Doing Brackets Doubles South Orange NJ, March 18, 2021 – The start of the NCAA “March Madness” basketball tournament finds 59 percent of Americans stating that it is indeed fair for…

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…

Covid-19’s Impact on the Super Bowl

Nearly Half Expect Game to be Less Exciting Than Previous Years; Nearly Two-Thirds Won’t Attend Watch Parties With Others 42 Percent Say They Will Not Watch, Though More Using Smart Devices, Less TV South Orange NJ, January 27, 2021 – The Covid-19…

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…