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SBD Global/July 8, 2014/Leagues and Governing Bodies

Spain's Center For Sociological Investigations Shows Citizens' Level Of Interest In Sports

Spain's Center for Sociological Investigations (CIS) conducted a survey showing that 18.2% of Spanish people "indicated that they do not take pride when a Spanish athlete or national team performs well in an athletic competition," according to EL PERIODICO. On the other hand, eight out of 10 (79.8%) do take pride in these accomplishments. The CIS showed that more than half of those surveyed are "interested in sports in all forms, whether they participate in them or not." Football (48%) is the sport that draws the most interest, followed by tennis (21.6%), basketball (17.1%) and motorcycling (10.5%). Despite the interest, 83.6% admitted "not attending any sporting events." Two out of three survey participants (67.4%) said that they follow a specific football team. The results of the survey showed that Real Madrid has the most fans (37.9%), followed by Barcelona (25.4%), Atlético (6.1%) and Valencia (3.5%). The majority of people, however, do not pay to watch matches on TV (83.9%), attend games (67.4%) or travel to other cities (85.3%) or other countries (96.6%) to watch matches (EL PERIODICO, 7/7).
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