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  • Poll: Young Fans More Likely To Blame Owners For NFL Labor Dispute

    NFL fans under the age of 30 are more likely than fans 31+ to blame team owners for the league's current labor dispute, according to a study conducted for SportsBusiness Daily/Journal by Civic Science. Older demos were more likely to assign blame equally to both sides. The poll, conducted March 23-31 on the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette's website, had more than 20,000 respondents (Civic Science).

    Who do you believe is most to blame for the current NFL labor dispute?
    RESPONSE
    TOTAL
    UNDER 18
    18-24
    25-29
    30-34
    35-44
    45-54
    55-64
    65+
    Owners
    27%
    31%
    41%
    36%
    33%
    26%
    25%
    25%
    23%
    Players
    14%
    16%
    9%
    10%
    14%
    17%
    14%
    14%
    14%
    Both Equally
    47%
    38%
    37%
    40%
    41%
    45%
    49%
    50%
    51%
    No Strong Opinion
    12%
    16%
    13%
    14%
    12%
    12%
    12%
    11%
    11%

    DOUBLE COVERAGE: A similar study conducted for SportsBusiness Daily/Journal by Seton Hall Sports Poll and The Sharkey Institute found that most NFL fans felt the CBA dispute would be resolved and there would be no impact on the '11 NFL season. The poll, conducted March 23-31 via random dialing, had approximately 800 completed surveys. The study found that if NFL games were canceled, most fans' interest in the league would remain the same when play resumed. Respondents were also asked whether they thought the dispute has a better chance of being settled in court, at the bargaining table or by some other means. While most of those ages 30+ felt the dispute would be solved at the bargaining table, the study found that among those 18-29, there was more of a split as to how it would be settled (Seton Hall Sports Poll/The Sharkey Institute).

    Do you think the dispute will be resolved so there is
    no impact on the next NFL season?
    RESPONSE
    TOTAL
    18-29
    30-44
    45-59
    60+
    Yes
    52%
    54%
    55%
    58%
    44%
    No
    28%
    35%
    29%
    24%
    25%
    Don’t know
    20%
    12%
    17%
    18%
    31%
             
    If the dispute does cause games to be canceled, will your interest
    in the NFL decrease or remain the same when play resumes?
    RESPONSE
    TOTAL
    18-29
    30-44
    45-59
    60+
    Increase
    6%
    16%
    4%
    5%
    1%
    Decrease
    27%
    23%
    29%
    28%
    28%
    Remain the same
    59%
    56%
    64%
    60%
    58%
    Don’t know
    8%
    6%
    3%
    7%
    14%
               
    Do you think the dispute has a better chance of being settled in court,
    at the bargaining table or by some other means?
    RESPONSE
    TOTAL
    18-29
    30-44
    45-59
    60+
    Court
    21%
    32%
    20%
    18%
    19%
    Bargaining Table
    44%
    26%
    53%
    50%
    45%
    Other
    19%
    26%
    14%
    19%
    17%
    Don’t know
    16%
    15%
    14%
    13%
    19%

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