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Posted: January 27, 2011 by Keith Stone in Uncategorized

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The Harris Poll released a survey with information about favorite sports in the US.  It’s no surprise that football was #1 with 31% of fans saying it was their favorite sport.  Baseball was second but it’s got almost half as many fans as football at 17%.  The big news is that since the first year of the poll in 1985, football is up 7% while baseball is down 6%, the largest drop of any sport.  One would hope this is a wakeup call for MLB, but they’ve been so dense and short-sighted, it’s hard to believe this is the case.  It’s only going to get worse if games keep ending at 1AM and lasting for eight hours.  Another notable finding for me was that the NBA was behind college football and auto racing in fifth place at 6%, which I thought would be higher given all the interest surrounding LeBron.  Bball did bump up from 5% last year, but it was third at the time of Michael Jordan’s retirement at 13%.  I also like the fact that bowling beat the WNBA.  Hopefully, next year Harris will include MMA as a choice.  I feel like that could actually have a significant amount of fans, maybe even more than boxing.  Until then, it’s a football world and y’all just livin’ in it.

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