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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 individual players should have been punished by MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred for their role in the sign stealing scandal surrounding the Houston Astros.

Fifty-four percent, responding to a national Seton Hall Sports Poll this week, said yes to punishing players in what was acknowledged as a player-driven scheme.  Only 17 percent felt they should not be punished.  Twenty-nine percent said they don’t know or had no opinion.

This was consistent with public opinion in the first week of this month when 52 percent said the Astros world championship should have been taken away, and 35 percent said it should not.

The Poll was administered this week to 693 adults across the country on landlines and cellphones.  It has a +/- 3.8 percent margin of error.

Serious Effort or Coverup?
Manfred’s explanation for not punishing the players was his need to grant immunity to get the players to testify.  Only 14 percent felt the investigation was a serious effort, while 49 percent said it was a cover up.  Thirty-six percent didn’t know or had no opinion.

Pete Rose?
Pete Rose weighed in after MLB’s findings to say the lack of punishment of players should clear the way for his being made eligible for Hall of Fame induction.  Fifty-seven percent felt he should be made eligible, with 25 percent saying no.  There was no change from when the same question was asked four years ago (56 percent said yes, 25 percent said no).  However, when asked if the Astros situation should have bearing on Rose’s eligibility, 58 percent said no and 30 percent said yes.

“Rose’s support has been stable over the four years, so at first glance it appears that the Astros situation has had no bearing, noted Rick Gentile, director of the Seton Hall Sports Poll, which is sponsored by the Sharkey Institute within the Stillman School of Business. “However, with 30 percent saying that the Astros make his case stronger, this may be a good argument for Rose to keep making.”

Big Papi Calls Foul on Whistleblower Timing, Fans Agree
Former Boston Red Sox star David Ortiz stated that the pitcher who “blew the whistle” on the scandal (Mike Fiers) did so while with Oakland, after reaping the benefits of the 2017 world championship trophy, ring and winning share.  Ortiz felt he should have said something while still with Houston.  Fifty-five percent agreed with Big Papi, and 24 percent disagreed.  Twenty-one percent had no opinion.

Sports Leagues Fare Better in Public Opinion than the U.S. Government

The Poll asked a series of questions that took a measurement of how the public views league handling of recent sports issues compared with the government’s handling of impeachment.

MLB and Astros
For MLB’s handling of the Astros scandal, 17 percent said they are less inclined to follow the game and only seven percent of the public more inclined. It has no effect on 70 percent of the public.

NFL and Brain Injury
For the NFL’s handling of the risk of permanent brain injury, 20 percent are less inclined to follow the league, 12 percent more inclined and it has no effect on 61 percent.

NBA and Kobe
In the wake of the NBA’s handling of events following the death of Kobe Bryant, seven percent is less inclined to follow the league and 15 percent is more inclined to follow the league. 75 percent say it has no effect.

U.S. Government and Impeachment Proceedings
But when it comes to the U.S. Government following the impeachment proceedings, 63 percent expressed less respect for the government, and only eight percent more respect.  Only 22 percent said it had no effect.

“Our Poll indicated that the Astros situation has taken a toll on the public’s respect for MLB and the NFL has been similarly challenged,” said Gentile.  “But this is a small loss of confidence compared to the results of the impeachment hearings.”

Questions and breakdowns may be found 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 February 24-26 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 controversy continues surrounding the punishment of the Houston Astros by MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred for illegal sign stealing during their 2017 season and World Series Championship. Do you think the Commissioner should have punished the players

in what has been acknowledged as a player-driven scheme?

 

1 – Yes                                      54%

2 – No                                       17

3 – Don’t know/No opinion      29

 

  1. The commissioner’s explanation for not penalizing the players is that they were granted immunity as an incentive to testifying in the investigation of the scheme. Do you think the investigation was a serious effort to punish wrongdoing or a cover up?

 

1 – Serious effort                       14

2 – Cover up                             49

3 – Don’t know/No opinion      36

 

  1. Former Red Sox great David Ortiz has said the pitcher who blew the whistle on the Astros scandal did not act honorably because he should have said something while still on the Astros instead of reaping the benefits of the World Series Championship and then exposing the scandal after he was traded. Do you agree with Ortiz or disagree?

 

1 – Agree                                  55

2 – Disagree                              24

3 – Don’t know/No opinion      21

 

  1. Do you think Pete Rose should be made eligible to be inducted into the Hall of Fame?

 

1 – Yes                                      57

2 – No                                       25

3 – Don’t know/No opinion      18

 

  1. Pete Rose has suggested that the lack of punishment for Astros’ players for cheating should clear the way for his being considered for induction into the Baseball Hall of Fame despite his having confessed to gambling on baseball games while an active Major League manager.

Do you think the Astros situation should have any bearing on Rose’s eligibility for induction?

 

1 – Yes                                      30

2 – No                                       58

3 – Don’t know/No opinion      12

 

  1. Has the way Major League Baseball handled the Astros cheating scandal made you more inclined to follow the game, less inclined to follow the game or has it had no effect on your interest in baseball?

 

1 – More inclined                        7

2 – Less inclined                       17

3 – No effect                             70

4 – Don’t know/No opinion        6

 

  1. Has the way the National Football League handles the risk of permanent brain injury to its players made you more inclined to follow the NFL, less inclined, or has it had no effect on your interest in the NFL?

 

1 – More inclined                      12

2 – Less inclined                       20

3 – No effect                             61

4 – Don’t know/No opinion        7

 

  1. Has the way the National Basketball Association dealt with the tragic death of Kobe Bryant made you more inclined to follow professional basketball, less inclined or has it had no effect on your interest in professional basketball?

 

1 – More inclined                      15

2 – Less inclined                         7

3 – No effect                             75

4 – Don’t know/No opinion        3

 

  1. Has the way Congress handled the impeachment trial of President Trump given you more respect for the U.S. Government, less respect for the Government or has had no effect on your respect for the Government?

 

1 – More respect                         8

2 – Less respect             63

3 – No effect                             22

4 – Don’t know/No opinion        7

 

  1. The NFL has suggested making some dramatic changes to its regular season schedule. The season would be extended to 17 games, reducing the pre-season games to 3 for each team.  Which of the following do you most agree with:

 

1 – I’m for it because it’s more football                                      31

2 – I’m against it because things were fine the way they were   24

3 – I’m against it because an additional game means

additional risk of injury for players                                           28

4- Don’t Know/No Opinion                                                                   17

 

  1. Have you watched any part of an XFL game during the first 3 weeks of the inaugural season?

 

1 – Yes                                      26

2 – No                                       72

3 – Don’t know               3

 

IF YES TO ABOVE

  1. Do you think the XFL broadcast presentation is more interesting than a typical NFL broadcast, less interesting or about the same?

 

1 – More interesting                  27

2 – Less interesting                    24

3 – About the same                   48

4 – Don’t know/No opinion        1

 

  1. How closely would you say you follow football, Very closely, closely, not closely or not at all?

1 – Very closely                        20

2 – Closely                                29

3 – Not closely                          31

4 – Not at all                             20

 

February 6

  1. The Houston Astros were fined, lost draft choices and had the Manager and General Manager suspended for one year (and later fired by the team) by Major League Baseball for illegally stealing signs electronically to possibly help them win the 2017 World Series. Do you think their World Series Championship should also have been taken away?

 

1 – Yes                                                                          52

2 – No                                                                           35

3 – Don’t know/No opinion                                          13

 

 

 

22 Percent Think Myles Garrett Suspension Should Be Permanent, 40 Percent Say NFL Got It Right with Rest of Season; Majority Say Astros Should Be Stripped of 2017 World Championship

38 percent say Kaepernick Tryout was an attempt by the NFL for positive publicity; 37 percent say it was done in good faith.

South Orange NJ, November 22, 2019  — It feels like punishment season in sports. And there is 22 percent support for the NFL decision to suspend Cleveland’s Myles Garrett permanently (still an option for the Commissioner), and 40 percent support for the rest of the season as is currently imposed.  13 percent say “less than the rest of the season or not at all,” with 7 percent saying more than this season, and 9 percent saying they did not know or had no opinion.

Younger respondents tended to be more lenient, with 13 percent of those 18-29 saying the suspension should be permanent, but 25 percent of those 60 and up agreeing.

51 percent said Garrett should not face additional criminal charges, with only 31 percent of the public saying he should.

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell denied Garrett’s appeal on Thursday.

Astros and Electronic Sign Stealing
Meanwhile, as the public awaits a decision on the alleged electronic sign stealing by the Houston Astros in the 2017 season, a strong showing of 52 percent vs. 35 percent say that if guilty they should be stripped of their world championship, something that has never happened in Major League Baseball.  14 percent had no opinion or did not know.

These are the findings of a Seton Hall Sports Poll conducted this week of 712 adults on landlines and cellphones across the country.  The poll has a margin of error of +/- 3.7 percent.

Not Just Astros?
As for the Astros, accused of monitoring catcher’s signals with television surveillance, 69 percent felt other teams also engage in electronic sign stealing, with 13 percent saying no, and 18 percent with no opinion.  There have been no such public accusations of any teams.

PEDs Worse?
Only 15 percent felt electronic sign stealing was more serious than the use of performance enhancing drugs.

“These decisions are on the desks of the Commissioners ,” noted Rick Gentile, director of the Seton Hall Sports Poll, which is sponsored by the Sharkey Institute within the Stillman School of Business. “The Astros case is particularly challenging and the public feels an unprecedented punishment (for MLB) may be warranted.” 

The Kaepernick Tryout

The public was evenly divided on Colin Kaepernick’s NFL tryout last week, with 38 percent saying it was an attempt by the NFL for positive publicity and 37 percent saying it was done in good faith, with 25 percent saying they did not know or had no opinion.  As for whether he deserved the special tryout, 57 percent said yes and 29 percent said no.

Questions and breakdowns below.

About the poll:

This poll was conducted by telephone November 18-20 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. Former NFL Quarterback Colin Kaepernick privately auditioned in front of a portion of NFL teams last Saturday. Do you think he deserved the opportunity to audition in front of any NFL teams?

 

1 – Yes                                                                                        57
2 – No                                                                                         29
3 – Don’t know/No opinion                                                     15

 

  1. Kaepernick didn’t attend the NFL sanctioned audition but decided to set up his own showcase because he felt the league wasn’t acting in good faith. Do you think in setting up the original audition the NFL was acting in good faith or was it just an attempt by the league to gain some positive publicity?

1 – Good faith                                                                          37
2 – Attempt for positive publicity                                         38
3 – Don’t know/No opinion                                                25

  1. Myles Garrett of the Cleveland Browns was ejected from a game for tearing the helmet off the opposing quarterback and hitting him over the head with it.  He was subsequently suspended by the NFL for at least the rest of the season.

Do you think he should have been suspended for the rest of the season, less than that or not at all, more than this season or suspended permanently from the NFL?

1 – Rest of season                                                                     40

2 – Less than rest of season or not at all                               13

3 – More than this season                                                         7

4 – Suspended permanently                                                   22

5 – Don’t know/No opinion                                                       9

  1. Do you think Garrett should face criminal charges for his actions during the game?

 

1 – Yes                                                                                        31

2 – No                                                                                         51

3 – Don’t know/No opinion                                                     18

  1. The NFL has discussed basing a team in London, England. Would you be in favor of a team based in London or not?

 

1 – Yes                                                                                        48

2 – No                                                                                         36

3 – Don’t know/No opinion                                                     16

 

  1. The NFL has also discussed increasing the regular season from 16 games to 17 games. Do you think the regular season should stay at 16 games or increase to 17?

 

1 – Sixteen                                                                                49

2 – Seventeen                                                                          32

3 – Don’t know/No opinion                                                    19

 

  1. The Houston Astros have been accused of electronically stealing opposing catchers’ signs to the pitcher by using a centerfield camera relaying signals to a monitor near the dugout. Do you think other major league teams also engage in electronically stealing signs?

 

1 – Yes                                                                                        69

2 – No                                                                                         13

3 – Don’t know/No opinion                                                     18

 

  1. Since the cheating allegedly took place during the Astros championship season of 2017, if found guilty should the Astros be stripped of their World Series championship?

 

1 – Yes                                                                                        52

2 – No                                                                                         35

3 – Don’t know/No opinion                                                     14

 

  1. Do you think electronic sign stealing is a more serious transgression than using performance enhancing drugs?

 

1 – Yes                                                                                        15

2 – No                                                                                         58

3 – Same                                                                                    21

4 – 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.