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ESPN/CHILTON TRACKED ATTITUDES TOWARDS SPORTS THROUGH 1994

     Rich Luker, Exec Dir of the ESPN/Chilton Sports Poll,
presented the results of their year-long survey of Americans'
attitudes toward sports.  Over the course of 1994, 13,000 adults
(avg. 250/week) were surveyed by phone.  The margin of error is
no greater than 5% for any results.
     THE LEAGUES:  Interest in all four leagues is up at the end
of the year, as compared to January '94.  NHL from 28% to 40%;
NBA from 48% to 59%; MLB from 48% to 57%; and the NFL from 63% to
76%.  Luker noted one break-down that should be of interest for
the NBA:  The league faces a drop in fan support at the beginning
of its season.  While interest was at 64% in November when the
NBA season kicked off, it dropped to 59% in December.  Without
research from other years for  comparison, Luker could not say
whether this was a statistical "blip" or an emerging seasonal
pattern.
     BASEBALL:  As for baseball, by December over 50% cared if
the sport comes back, compared to 44% in September when the
players went out.  Asked how long the strike would go, the number
that said "through '95" rose steadily through the Fall peaking at
47% in November.  But by December, the number was down to 41%.
Similarly, the number of those who said they would boycott
baseball peaked at 43% in November, dropping to 37% in December.
However, of those boycotters, the number who said they would sit
out the entire '95 season rose consistently to a top level of 92%
in December.
     SOCCER:  The survey identified a 30% core of Americans
interested in soccer, but Luker questioned whether the soccer
community will be able to maintain interest into '96 when MLS is
scheduled to kick off.
     SPONSORS:  The most mentioned sponsors:  Nike 27%, Anheuser-
Busch 26%, GM 11%, Miller 8%, Reebok 7%, Starter 6%, Coke 6%,
Champion 6%.  Nike showed strength among college football and
basketball, while GM drew the most response from its golf
presence (THE DAILY).
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