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The ESPN Sports Poll, a service of TNS Sport, asked respondents aged 12+ if they could choose an athlete to endorse a product in commercials, which athlete would they select. Respondents were then asked to name an athlete that they would choose to keep from endorsing products in commercials. Following are the top 15 athletes named from January through July '04 to endorse a product and to keep from endorsing a product (ESPN Sports Poll).BEST ATHLETE TO
ENDORSE A PRODUCTWORST ATHLETE TO
ENDORSE A PRODUCT
(N=2,136) (N=1,820)RK ATHLETE%RK ATHLETE%1) Tiger Woods11.1%1) Kobe Bryant14.8%2) Michael Jordan10.6%2) Dennis Rodman8.9%3) Shaquille O'Neal4.3%3) Shaquille O'Neal7.5%4) Brett Favre3.0%4) Mike Tyson4.8%5) Dale Earnhardt Jr2.7%5) Allen Iverson3.4%6) LeBron James2.5%6) O.J. Simpson2.9%6t) Kobe Bryant2.5%7) Michael Jordan2.6%8) Derek Jeter2.3%8) Tiger Woods2.4%9t) Joe Montana1.2%9) Barry Bonds2.3%9t) Lance Armstrong1.2%10) Pete Rose1.6%9t) Jeff Gordon1.2%11) Jeff Gordon1.4%12t) Alex Rodriquez1.1%12) LeBron James1.2%12t) Peyton Manning1.1%13t) Warren Sapp1.1%12t) Allen Iverson1.1%13t) Charles Barkley1.1%15) Andre Agassi1.0%15) Deion Sanders0.8%
The following presents MLB NL final attendance for the '04 regular season. The NL is up 9.1% compared to last season to an average of 31,268 per game. Seven clubs eclipsed the 3-million mark, and the Expos were the only club to fall under 1 million total fans. League-wide, attendance is up 7.9%, as over 72 million fans attended MLB games, an average of 30,254 (SportsBusiness Journal research).FINAL '04 NATIONAL LEAGUE ATTENDANCE
CLUBDATESTOTALAVG.% CAP.'03 AVG.% +/-'03 DATES Dodgers813,433,31542,38776.6%38,7489.4%81 Phillies793,206,53240,58993.3%28,97440.1%78 Giants813,258,86440,23398.6%40,307-0.2%81 Cubs813,131,76438,66499.5%36,9964.5%79 Cardinals803,048,42738,10574.7%35,9316.1%81 Astros813,044,79037,59092.9%30,29924.1%81 Padres813,040,04637,53188.3%25,06349.7%81 D'Backs812,519,56031,10663.4%34,636-10.2%81 Braves782,322,56529,77658.7%30,393-2.0%79 Rockies792,311,20329,25658.7%28,8161.5%81 Mets802,318,32128,97950.5%28,1672.9%77 Reds812,256,39627,85766.7%29,077-4.2%81 Brewers812,043,88625,23361.0%20,99220.2%81 Marlins781,692,89721,70460.5%16,29033.2%80 Pirates751,583,03121,10754.8%20,9840.6%78 Expos ^80717,1558,96423.2%12,662-29.2%81 NL1,27739,928,75231,26870.2%28,6599.1%1,281 MLB2,39572,458,71630,25467.5%28,0347.9%2,412
NOTES: This was the inaugural year for the Phillies in Citizens Bank Park, capacity 43,500. The Padres played in new Petco Park, capacity 42,500. ^ = average includes total attendance for games at Olympic Stadium (capacity 46,406) and Hiram Bithorn Stadium (capacity 19,000) in San Juan, Puerto Rico. The Expos averaged 10,334 fans for 21 games at Hiram Bithorn, down 27.3% from last year's 14,222 average for 22 games. The Expos averaged 8,477 for 59 games at Olympic Stadium (THE DAILY)....The Phillies’ attendance was more than double the total from two seasons ago, but “one indication of waning fan interest came in September, as only four of the 13 home dates sold out with the Phillies out of the playoff race. In July and August, 23 of 30 games sold out” (Doug Lesmerises, Delaware County NEWS JOURNAL, 10/4)....The Dodgers’ season total was the third highest in franchise history (L.A. TIMES, 10/4).