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2013 SBD/SBJ Reader Survey: NFL Does Not Face Enough Scrutiny For PED Use

The ninth annual SportsBusiness Daily/SportsBusiness Journal Reader Survey is in the books, and more than 1,700 voters weighed in on nearly 100 questions that spanned all facets of the industry. Voting was conducted over three weeks starting Oct. 21, with polling via and Only the top vote-getters are listed. 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 an nine-time voter, these are your results. Today, we wrap up our presentation of the data with looks at facilities, motorsports, college and other notable findings.

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League that will be the first to place a franchise outside North America:

NFL 41.9%
NBA 27.1%
MLS 9.9%
NHL 7.4%
MLB 7.3%

Responses 1,189

When a U.S.-based league will place a franchise outside North America:

Within the next five years 37.0%
Within the next 10 years 46.3%
More than 10 years from now 11.7%
Never 2.9%

Responses 1,189

Most innovative sports property:

NFL 21.9%
NBA 16.8%
MLB 13.4%

Responses 1,164

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Property/organization with the most growth potential:

MLS 28.5%
UFC 10.7%
MLB 9.9%
NHL 8.2%

Responses 1,076

League that does not face enough media scrutiny over its athletes’ use of PEDs:

NFL 56.3%
NBA 28.4%
NHL 19.1%
MLB 12.1%

Responses 1,191

League that gets the best grade for its testing and regulations for PEDs:

MLB 43.5%
NFL 15.4%
NBA 7.9%
NHL 6.9%

Responses 1,298