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  • THE SPORTS BUSINESS DAILY'S 1996-97 "BODY COUNT"

              In the return of our "Body Count," THE DAILY estimates 
         that 204,739,463 people attended professional sporting
         events in North America during the '96-97 season.  That
         breaks down to seven paid entries to a sporting event for
         every ten people in North America.
              THE BIG WINNER: Baseball's 23 leagues had more than 94
         million paid spectators in its '96 season, accounting for
         46% of "The Body Count."  Hockey and basketball came in a
         distant second and third, respectively.
              METHODOLOGY: THE DAILY compiled attendance figures for
         11 professional sports in North America to come up with "The
         Body Count."  For sports in which the schedules span over
         one calendar year, the '96-97 seasons were used.  These
         numbers are not meant to be exact; rather, they estimate the
         total number of people attending sports events over '96-97.
              EXCLUDED: Figures were not available for the following
         leagues/sports: AVP, boxing, LPGA, Sr. PGA, IndyCar,
         thoroughbred racing, U.S. Track & Field Association, figure
         skating or the rodeo circuit.  The '96 Atlanta Olympics were
         not included in our "Body Count," but the Games announced
         that 8,400,000 tickets were sold for the events (THE DAILY).
         
    
    RANK SPORT BODY COUNT
    1
    BASEBALL (MLB, Minors)
    94,397,714
    2
    HOCKEY (NHL, IHL, AHL, etc.)
    38,664,651
    3
    BASKETBALL (NBA, CBA, USBA, WNBA, ABL)
    24,780,866
    4
    FOOTBALL (NFL, AFL, CFL)
    18,520,649
    5
    AUTO RACING (CART, NASCAR, NHRA, SCCA, IROC)
    13,846,267
    6
    SOCCER (MLS, CISL, NPSL, USISL)
    6,424,238
    7
    GOLF (PGA Tour)
    4,294,095
    8
    TENNIS (ATP Tour, WTA Tour)
    2,807,197
    9
    BOWLING (PBA Tour)
    500,000
    10
    LACROSSE (MILL)
    347,786
    11
    VOLLEYBALL (WPVA Tour, NVA Tour)
    156,000
    THE DAILY'S "BODY COUNT"
    204,739,463
    Population of U.S./Canada
    294,928,745

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