New survey finds high interest in sports news

Americans not only like sports, they also like sports news.

According to a new survey, 70% of the respondents said they are sports fans, and more than half of those polled watch or listen to sports news on the television, radio, or another platform regularly.

The American Sports Fanship Survey, released today by the Siena College Research Institute and St. Bonaventure University’s Jandoli School of Communication, found that 25% of the respondents said the watch or listen to sports news every day or almost every day, and 31% watch or listen once or twice a week.

“Sports are a dominant cultural force and this survey reveals numerous important insights,” said Aaron Chimbel, dean of the Jandoli School.

Demographically, interest in sports news was highest among those between the ages of 35 and 49, African Americans, people with annual incomes of $100,000 or more, and those who have earned a bachelor’s degree.

“Sports are central to so many of us. This survey measures and reports on how important sports are to us in general and how so many of us look forward to and participate with one sporting event, the Super Bowl,” said Don Levy, Director of the Siena College Research Institute.

More than 3,200 people participated in the survey, which builds on the Siena College Research Institute’s four decades of leadership in public opinion polling and the St. Bonaventure Jandoli School’s renowned sports journalism and communication programs. The project is the first research collaboration between the two Franciscan academic institutions. Additional results will be released next week.

Click here for full details of the American Sports Fanship Survey.

Categories: Jandoli Institute, Media, Sports

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