SBD/Issue 52/SBD/SBJ Reader Survey

SBD/SBJ Reader Survey: Facilities, Motorsports, College And Labor

THE DAILY each day this week is presenting the results from the fourth annual SportsBusiness Daily/SportsBusiness Journal readers survey on the state of the sports industry. Today, we look at Facilities, Motorsports, College, Labor & Agents and the Best of the Rest.

FACILITIES

Best MLB ballpark:
Fenway Park (Boston Red Sox)
17.07%
Wrigley Field (Chicago Cubs)
15.25%
Citizens Bank Park
(Philadelphia Phillies)
9.64%
Yankee Stadium
(New York Yankees)
9.64%
Oriole Park at Camden Yards
(Baltimore Orioles)
8.50%
Responses: 1,318
Best NBA arena:
Staples Center
(Los Angeles Clippers, Lakers)
17.00%
Madison Square Garden
(New York Knicks)
14.03%
Conseco Fieldhouse
(Indiana Pacers)
11.14%
Wachovia Center
(Philadelphia 76ers)
9.32%
American Airlines Center
(Dallas Mavericks)
9.24%
Responses: 1,212
New sports venue most excited to see:
Dallas Cowboys stadium
32.65%
New York Yankees ballpark
28.48%
New York Giants/Jets stadium
8.26%
New York Mets ballpark (Citi Field)
7.27%
Pittsburgh Penguins arena
5.61%
Responses: 1,320
Favorite concession item:
Hot dog
28.12%
Beer
18.62%
Local specialty
18.33%
Soft pretzel
11.09%
Nachos
6.81%
Responses: 1,380
Best NFL stadium:
Lambeau Field
(Green Bay Packers)
14.29%
University of Phoenix Stadium
(Arizona Cardinals)
12.76%
Lucas Oil Stadium
(Indianapolis Colts)
8.51%
Lincoln Financial Field
(Philadelphia Eagles)
7.62%
Gillette Stadium
(New England Patriots)
7.30%
Responses: 1,246
Best NHL arena:
Wachovia Center
(Philadelphia Flyers)
11.27%
Madison Square Garden
(New York Rangers)
11.01%
Xcel Energy Center
(Minnesota Wild)
7.63%
Joe Louis Arena
(Detroit Red Wings)
7.19%
Prudential Center
(New Jersey Devils)
7.19%
Responses: 1,154
Most frequent design-related gripe with sports venues:
Parking
40.57%
Concourses/pedestrian flow
27.51%
Seating quality/dimensions
16.07%
Sight lines
5.21%
Sound system quality
4.48%
Responses: 1,363

MOTORSPORTS

State of NASCAR now compared with five years ago:
Stronger property
28.81%
Weaker property
27.89%
About the same
26.47%
Much stronger property
12.14%
Much weaker property
4.69%
Responses: 1,194
Biggest challenge facing NASCAR in the year ahead:
Rising cost of sponsorships
31.48%
Health of U.S. automakers
26.26%
TV ratings
15.24%
Expansion beyond U.S. borders
13.22%
Attendance
9.85%
Responses: 1,188
The sport of NASCAR:
Has peaked and will remain flat
54.08%
Still has major growth potential
26.58%
Has started to decline
19.34%
Responses: 1,189
Property best positioned for growth:
IndyCar Series
71.62%
NHRA
15.31%
American Le Mans
8.68%
IHRA
4.39%
Responses: 1,117

COLLEGE

Best overall conference:
SEC
36.06%
Big Ten
17.68%
Big East
12.74%
Pac-10
11.97%
ACC
11.58%
Big 12
8.11%
Responses: 1,295
Company/brand that has done the best job aligning with college sports:
ESPN
34.23%
Nike
19.53%
Home Depot
8.42%
Coca-Cola
7.96%
Allstate
7.66%
Responses: 1,306
Favorite college sport:
 
Football
47.12%
Basketball
41.72%
Hockey
6.66%
Baseball
1.92%
Responses: 1,352
Grade for the NCAAs effectiveness with its oversight of college sports:
Responses: 1,326
Most overrated conference:
Big Ten
31.22%
Pac-10
16.12%
SEC
14.24%
Big East
13.46%
ACC
13.07%
Big 12
5.87%
Responses: 1,278
Most underrated conference:
Big East
15.62%
Pac-10
15.22%
Mountain West
12.75%
Mid-American
10.52%
Big 12
8.76%
Responses: 1,255
Most powerful person in college sports:
Myles Brand (NCAA)
41.74%
Mike Krzyzewski (Duke)
18.15%
Mike Slive (SEC)
10.40%
Jim Delaney (Big Ten)
7.29%
Responses: 1,289

LABOR & AGENTS

Agent you wouldn't want to face at the negotiating table:
Scott Boras
49.19%
Drew Rosenhaus
20.44%
Tom Condon
5.17%
Leigh Steinberg
4.50%
Mark Steinberg
4.07%
Responses: 1,179
Agent you'd want to negotiate your contract:
Scott Boras
29.57%
Tom Condon
12.15%
Leigh Steinberg
12.15%
Drew Rosenhaus
11.21%
Arn Tellem
7.99%
Responses: 1,177
Most effective union leader:
Donald Fehr (MLBPA)
47.97%
Billy Hunter (NBPA)
17.95%
Richard Berthelsen (NFLPA)
17.62%
Paul Kelly (NHLPA)
7.36%
Responses: 1,209
Least effective union leader:
Paul Kelly (NHLPA)
33.16%
Billy Hunter (NBPA)
21.21%
Donald Fehr (MLBPA)
20.20%
Richard Berthelsen (NFLPA)
14.23%
Responses: 1,188

THE BEST OF THE REST

Medal you would award China for its hosting of the Beijing Games:
Silver
41.88%
Gold
30.25%
Bronze
16.08%
No medal
11.78%
Responses: 1,256
Strongest leader in the U.S. golf industry:
Tim Finchem (PGA Tour)
61.06%
Billy Payne (Augusta National)
20.11%
David Fay (USGA)
9.51%
Joe Steranka (PGA of America)
4.75%
Carolyn Bivens (LPGA Tour)
4.57%
Responses: 1,094
Most progressive tennis property:
USTA
46.10%
ATP
34.88%
WTA
19.02%
Responses: 1,078
International property with the biggest growth potential:
Premier League (soccer)
69.10%
Formula One
12.84%
Rugby
10.75%
Cricket
7.30%
Responses: 1,246
Global property you would most want to be associated with:
Summer Olympics
45.48%
FIFA World Cup
44.41%
Winter Olympics
10.12%
Responses: 1,216
If Tiger Woods can't play next year, the business of professional golf will:
Decline slightly
37.11%
Stay flat
27.79%
Decline significantly
22.33%
Grow slightly
10.92%
Still grow significantly
1.85%
Responses: 1,245
Most progressive golf property:
PGA Tour
58.92%
European Tour
14.20%
LPGA Tour
12.33%
USGA
7.45%
PGA of America
7.10%
Responses: 1,127
State of action sports today compared with five years ago:
Somewhat stronger
43.93%
Same
19.63%
Much stronger
18.66%
Somewhat weaker
15.69%
Much weaker
2.09%
Responses: 1,243
Strongest leader in the U.S. tennis industry:
Arlen Kantarian (USTA)
56.61%
Ian Ritchie (All England Club)
22.14%
Larry Scott (WTA)
21.25%
Responses: 1,021
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