More “Business of Sports” Poll Results

I’m sure you’ve all noticed that I always have a poll running on the right side of the page. If you don’t already, please vote! I try to change the poll every 1-2 weeks and the results can be quite interesting. On that note, here are the results from some of the recent polls, which I will continue to post semi-regularly. Remember, the more people participate, the more valuable the results will be, so please vote!

What league has done the best job with international development?

  • NBA (38%, 16 Votes)
  • NHL (31%, 13 Votes)
  • MLB (24%, 10 Votes)
  • NFL (7%, 3 Votes)

Total Voters: 42

This poll went along with my post on internationalization work done by the major U.S. leagues. I was actually a bit surprised at how close this poll was.  I definitely felt that the NBA had done the best job with their international initiatives, and while they were tops in this poll, the NHL was a close second.  I guess I underestimated hockey’s international focus, which makes a lot of sense considering the large percentage of players from outside the U.S. The NFL coming in last was definitely not a surprise. Football is still a distinctly American sport, and I think it will take them much longer to reach the same international appeal as the other leagues.

What do you think of PSLs (Personal Seat Licenses)?

  • Very Negative - They price out the fans and ruin the game (38%, 12 Votes)
  • Negative - They hurt the fans and aren't worth the revenue (28%, 9 Votes)
  • Neutral - They're acceptable, equally good and bad (25%, 8 Votes)
  • Positive - They help the teams and aren't too tough on customers (9%, 3 Votes)
  • Very Positive - They're great for teams and customers (0%, 0 Votes)

Total Voters: 32

This post went along with my post on the “Last Fan Sitting” promotion that Wake Forest ran.  WFU is building a new stadium and selling “seat rights” which are essentially personal seat licenses.  This was a big year for PSLs, since all of the new New York stadiums received a lot of negative press about their seat license prices.  Not surprisingly, “very negative” received the most votes.  However, the combination of “negative” and “neutral” represented a majority (53%) of the voters, showing that even though people clearly don’t like PSLs, they may be willing to “accept” them as a necessary part of the business.

What was the top sports business story of 2008?

  • The Beijing Olympics (52%, 15 Votes)
  • The Economy (41%, 12 Votes)
  • Obama's Election (3%, 1 Votes)
  • Sonics Leave Seattle (3%, 1 Votes)
  • Off-the-Field Incidents (0%, 0 Votes)

Total Voters: 29

This post went with my series of posts on the top five sports business stories of 2008.  My order (from top to bottom) was the economy, the Olympics, Obama, off-field incidents, and the Sonics.  I thought that the economic recession would be the overwhelming top story, but it turns out more people felt the Olympics was a bigger story.  It definitely has a more global impact, so my thinking might have been a little too U.S.-centric. 

If you have an idea for a new poll, please let me know in the comments!

2 thoughts on “More “Business of Sports” Poll Results

  • March 10, 2009 at 12:53 pm

    Very insightful information. I must admit that I would probably agree how most of the items are ranked. Being a huge baseball fan I would like to see the MLB to better but I would agree that both the NHL and the NBA have a better grasp on that situation.

    The World Baseball Classic was “supposed” to be the answer to this for MLB. Although the operation of the WBC seems to be getting better every term (maybe is has to do with Team USA doing well this go round), it appears that there continues to be some internal conflict with the spring training schedule and player availability.

    I always liked the idea of the WBC but feel that this will be a continuing challenge for events to come.

  • March 19, 2009 at 3:23 pm

    What a robbery and fleecing going on. PSL are a joke and the morons that pay for such should be slapped around. Why pay on top of something to begin with? It is ridiculous that fans have to pay such outrages ticket prices and on top of that a PSL fee? Are you serious? Well since the people pay, one cannot say much. It is just disappointing that such occurs.

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