Despite naysayers, creates distance between itself and No. 3 college football
San Francisco, CA -- (SBWIRE) -- 01/14/2013 -- Major League Baseball posted $7.5 billion in revenue for 2012, and attendance continues to boom. Now, there is even more great news for baseball: It is the second most popular sport behind the NFL, according to the Harris Poll on Americans’ favorite sports.
Of those polled, 34% of respondents noted professional American football as the favorite sport. Baseball checked in at a respectable 16% of all those polled, followed by college football at 11%, auto racing at 8%, men’s professional basketball with 7%, hockey at 5%, and men's college basketball at 3%.
On Adage.com, the headline read “Look out, baseball, college football is hot on your cleats.” The headline is a bit misleading, seeing as the two sports were tied at 13% apiece.
The reason for the headline would be that the demographics show that younger crowds prefer college football. Regardless, the headline is a bit confused.
“According to a study by Scarborough Research, 109.3 million people, or 48% of U.S. adults over 18 years of age, watched, attended or listened to an MLB game from February 2011 through March 2012.
That compares to 92.6 million, or 39% of adults, who watched, attended or listened to a college-football game during the same period.”
Even if college football does find a way past baseball in the overall popularity, one would have to assume that with over 100 million individuals watching some form of sports, the both are likely to more than survive.
There is still little doubt that the always-vocal 'baseball is dying' crowd will continue to be heard. It is a bit perplexing why so many seem to want the sport to fall apart. One might point to a national attention span of less than two seconds, which makes baseball difficult to watch. It certainly could not be confusing rules, as the NFL now has more rules imposed on it than a judges bookshelf.
Regardless, Major League Baseball appears to be holding its own just fine, regardless of the naysayers.
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