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!