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Study of avidity reveals 2 dimensions of sports fan

Published in SportsBusiness Journal on 06 / 29 / 15

F or 22 years, the ESPN Sports Poll has been able to accurately predict amounts of sports fan behavior across a broad range of activities using measures of avidity, or fan “bigness.” The industry quite commonly talks abou...

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NFL makes the grade

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Paul Allen still elusive

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This impact player earned Hall

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The selling of LeBron James

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