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Volume 24 No. 117

Reader Survey

The seventh annual SportsBusiness Daily/SportsBusiness Journal Reader Survey is in the books, and nearly 2,000 voters told us what they think about the issues and people driving the industry. The UFC scores well in regards to innovation and potential growth, but a majority of readers said that they would not align their brand with the MMA promotion. Meanwhile, a majority of readers feel ESPN needs a strong competitor and see Comcast/NBC as the most likely rival to cut into ESPN's sports media dominance.

METHODOLOGY: Voting was conducted over three weeks starting Oct. 3, with polling via and Only the top vote-getters are listed, and the results have been rounded. Our thanks here to Turnkey Sports & Entertainment, which again this year provided the technical and surveying support to make this effort possible. Of course, we also thank you. Whether you’re a first-time voter or a seventh-time voter, these are your results, which you will see in THE DAILY over the next five days. Today, we present data on the general state of the industry and sports facilities.

Super Bowl you’d most want to attend

New Orleans (2013) 45.3%
New York (2014) 43.9%
Indianapolis (2012) 10.9%

Respondents: 2,120

Most influential person in sports business

Roger Goodell 32.7%
George Bodenheimer 17.3%
Tim Leiweke 6.0%
Bud Selig 5.7%

Respondents: 2,181

Most powerful brand in sports

ESPN 31.3%
Nike 25.1%
New York Yankees 16.2%
Manchester United 6.2%

Respondents: 2,181

Biggest sports business story of the year

NFL owners and players reach a new labor deal 39.6%
Los Angeles Dodgers fall into bankruptcy 9.9%
College rights fees soar, with Pac-12
and Big 12 latest to get major increases
NBC bets big to keep Olympic rights 7.2%

Respondents: 2,152

Biggest threat to sports

Rising ticket prices 22.9%
Disconnect with fan base 19.4%
Inflated athlete salaries 18.3%
Improvements to the in-home
viewing experience hurting attendance

Respondents: 2,147


Are you active on social media?

Facebook 75.6%
Twitter 58.3%
LinkedIn 57.8%
YouTube 35.2%
FourSquare 9.2%
Blogger 8.1%
Tumblr 3.0%
No 11.5%

Respondents: 2,152

Feeling about the state of the sports business over the next five years

Very optimistic 34.4%
Somewhat optimistic 47.4%
Neither optimistic nor pessimistic 10.8%
Somewhat pessimistic 6.5%
Very pessimistic 0.5%
No opinion 0.6%

Respondents: 2,156

Most marketable athlete

Tom Brady 20.6%
Peyton Manning 15.0%
Derek Jeter 13.8%
Aaron Rodgers 9.7%
LeBron James 8.1%

Respondents: 2,181

Best sports event to attend

Super Bowl 19.9%
FIFA World Cup 13.1%
NCAA Final Four 10.1%
Stanley Cup Final 8.5%
Summer Olympics 8.5%
World Series 8.0%
Masters 7.0%

Respondents: 2,181

Best MLB ballpark

Fenway Park (Boston Red Sox) 13.1%
AT&T Park (San Francisco Giants) 12.6%
Yankee Stadium (New York Yankees) 11.5%
Citizens Bank Park (Philadelphia Phillies) 10.2%

Respondents: 1,148

Best NFL stadium

Cowboys Stadium (Dallas Cowboys) 28.4%
Lambeau Field (Green Bay Packers) 14.3%
MetLife Stadium (New York Giants and Jets) 7.6%
University of Phoenix Stadium (Arizona Cardinals) 6.6%

Respondents: 1,148

Best NHL arena

Madison Square Garden (New York Rangers) 11.5%
Consol Energy Center (Pittsburgh Penguins) 9.2%
Wells Fargo Center (Philadelphia Flyers) 8.4%

Respondents: 1,148

Best motorsports venue

Daytona International Speedway 19.7%
Indianapolis Motor Speedway 18.6%
Bristol Motor Speedway (Bristol, Tenn.) 6.1%

Respondents: 1,148


Best NBA arena

Madison Square Garden
(New York Knicks)
Staples Center
(Los Angeles Clippers
and Lakers)
Amway Center
(Orlando Magic)
Wells Fargo Center
(Philadelphia 76ers)

Respondents: 1,148

Best soccer-specific stadium

Red Bull Arena (New York Red Bulls) 23.1%
Livestrong Sporting Park (Sporting Kansas City) 15.9%
Home Depot Center (Los Angeles Galaxy; Chivas USA) 13.9%
PPL Park (Philadelphia Union) 9.5%

Respondents: 1,148

Naming-rights deals that will be the most effective for both the brand and the property

MetLife Stadium, Meadowlands, N.J. 32.7%
Barclays Center, Brooklyn, N.Y. 24.0%
Farmers Field, Los Angeles 23.9%

Respondents: 1,036

Facility in the greatest need of being renovated or replaced

Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum (New York Islanders) 21.4%
Tropicana Field (Tampa Bay Rays) 12.5%
Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome (Minnesota Vikings) 12.5%
Candlestick Park (San Francisco 49ers) 11.3%

Respondents: 1,148