Fan favorites

August 31, 2002

Polling data show that Major League Baseball trails NFL football as a favorite sport of Americans.

Overall

Sports named as "favorite spectator sport" in a survey of Americans 12 and over (by percentage):

1998 1999 2000 2001 2002-a

National Football League 24.3 24.4 24.7 22.4 21.1

Major League Baseball 12.8 13.8 14.4 13.0 13.2

National Basketball Association 11.4 10.5 10.7 9.8 9.8

None 8.6 8.8 6.8 7.9 8.6

College football 6.2 6.6 6.4 7.2 6.1

Among sports fans

The percentage of sports fans 12 and older who said they were at least somewhat interested in baseball was 53.1 in 1995, when the major leagues were coming off a strike. Percentage of self-described sports fans 12 and older who expressed interest in specific sports:

1998 1999 2000 2001 2002-b

National Football League 67.9 66.4 68.5 66.8 66.8

Major League Baseball 61.6 60.7 60.9 59.6 59.5

College football 55.6 54.4 56.6 55.8 55.7

National Basketball Association 54.3 50.5 53.8 51.6 50.8

Figure skating 54.7 49.9 51.8 49.3 49.1

a-year to date; b-average from last August through last month Source: ESPN Sports Poll

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