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BOSTON SPORTS FANS POLLED ON BASEBALL, THEIR TEAMS

     A poll conducted by KRC Communications for the BOSTON GLOBE
surveyed 400 MA residents, with a subsample of 211 self-
identified baseball fans (BOSTON GLOBE, 2/8).
     BASEBALL STRIKE:  56% of all surveyed said they would never
attend Red Sox games with replacement players, with 54% of
baseball fans taking the same position.  When asked how often
they attended games before the strike, and how often they would
if the strike is settled, the responsents  showed very little
change:
BEFORE STRIKE IF STRIKE IS SETTLED
ALL
FANS
ALL
FANS
OFTEN
12%
20%
12%
18%
ONCE IN AWHILE
54%
61%
51%
59%
NEVER
31%
18%
32%
22%
THE OWNERSHIP: Respondents were asked which teams had the best and worst management, as well as their opinion of local team owners -- the Patriots' Bob Kraft, Red Sox' John Harrington, Celtics' Paul Gaston, and Bruins' Jeremy Jacobs.
BEST MANAGEMENT
WORST MANAGEMENT OPINION: FAV/UNFAV
Celtics
24%
Red Sox
37%
Kraft
33%/ 7%
Patriots
24%
Celtics
10%
Harrington
21%/ 9%
Bruins
15%
Patriots
10%
Gaston
12%/ 9%
Red Sox
10%
Bruins
6%
Jacobs
9%/ 4%
DEMOGRAPHICS: 77% men and 54% women call themselves sports fans. "Interest in sports is higher among those 18-39 than among their elders, and it's higher among the rich and poor than the middle class" (Larry Tye, BOSTON GLOBE, 2/8).
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