5/14: PED Suspensions Warranted, Say Nearly Seven in Ten

May 14, 2014 by  
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 Major League Baseball is in full swing, but has last season’s player suspensions for using performance-enhancing drugs rubbed fans the wrong way?  68% of baseball fans nationally think the MLB has taken the right steps.  In fact, one in five — 20% — believes the league hasn’t gone far enough.  Only 8% say their actions have gone too far.  Four percent are unsure. Click Here for Complete May 14, 2014 USA Marist Poll Release and Tables Table: Has Major League Baseball Taken the Right Steps in Handling Players’ Use of Performance-Enhancing Drugs? More Fans Expected to Head... 

7/23: More Than Six in Ten Fans Believe Connection to Biogenesis Steroid Clinic Too Little to Justify MLB Suspensions

July 23, 2013 by  
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An investigation by Major League Baseball is underway to determine whether or not to suspend players associated with the Miami-based clinic, Biogenesis, that provided performance enhancing drugs to other players.  But, a majority of baseball fans nationally do not think that an association with the clinic is enough to warrant disciplinary action.  61% of fans say it is not right for the MLB to suspend players who did not test positive for performance-enhancing drugs but are connected to the Biogenesis clinic.  28% think it is right for the players to be suspended, and 11% are unsure. Click Here... 

3/27: A Day at the Ballpark? MLB Games a No-Go for a Majority of Fans

March 27, 2013 by  
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Major League Baseball’s Opening Day is almost here, but baseball fans nationally may not be flocking to the field.  According to this Marist Poll, 54% of fans did not attend any games last year and do not plan to attend any games this year.  28% say they will venture out to the ballpark about the same amount as they did last year while 13% believe they will attend more games than last season.  Six percent report they will go to fewer games than last season. Click Here for Complete March 27, 2013 USA Marist Poll Release and Tables Little has changed on this question since last year.  At that... 

4/4: Take Me Out to the Ball Game? Maybe Not

April 4, 2012 by  
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Major League Baseball’s Opening Night is tonight!  As teams gear up to take the field, a majority of baseball fans nationally say they, once again, are not planning to attend any games this season.  53% report they did not attend any baseball games last season and do not plan to venture out to the stadium this season.  31% of baseball fans think they will go to about the same number of games as last year, 10% are planning to attend more, and 6% report they will be present for fewer games.  Results were similar when the Marist Poll last reported this question in April 2010. Photo Courtesy... 

9/27: Baseball Fans in New York State of Mind: Yankees Seen as World Series Favorites

September 27, 2011 by  
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Major League Baseball’s post-season begins this week.  So, who do baseball fans nationally favor to win the World Series?  More than one in five — 22% — think the New York Yankees will round the bases into their 28th World Series Championship, 16% say the Philadelphia Phillies will take the win, and only 6% believe the Boston Red Sox will slide into victory.  Last year’s World Series champions, the San Francisco Giants, are favored to repeat by just 3% of baseball fans.  The same proportion — 3% — thinks the Texas Rangers, the Atlanta Braves, or the Detroit Tigers... 

7/11: Yanks, Red Sox Vie for First Place in the Stadium of Public Opinion

July 11, 2011 by  
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Major League Baseball’s midseason break is underway.  So, with tomorrow’s All-Star Game on the horizon, who do fans think will win it all in this year’s World Series? Photo Courtesy of Stephanie L. Calvano Click here for Complete July 11, 2011 USA Marist Poll Release and Tables According to this Marist Poll, the rivalry lives on!  17% of baseball fans nationally believe the New York Yankees will, once again, be crowned the kings of baseball.  However, they are in a virtual dead heat with their arch rivals, the Boston Red Sox.  15% report the Sox will be victorious.  The Philadelphia... 

3/30: More Yanks than Mets Fans in NYC … Yanks Prepared for Season, Mets Not So Much

March 30, 2011 by  
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Major League Baseball’s Opening Day is tomorrow!  So, to whom do New York City baseball fans pledge their allegiance?  According to this NY1-Marist Poll, more than six in ten baseball fans citywide — 61% — cheer for the Bronx Bombers while 30% root for the Metropolitans.  Nine percent support neither team. Photo Courtesy of Stephanie L. Calvano   Click Here for Complete March 30, 2011 NYC NY1-Marist Poll Release and Tables Have the Yankees and Mets done enough in the pre-season to improve their teams?  It depends.  A majority of baseball fans — 52% — say... 

7/28: Sports Ethics

July 28, 2010 by  
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This season there have been an increasing number of empty seats at major league ballparks, and the television audience continues to decrease. Could baseball have finally out-priced itself for most fans? And, are ethics compromised when it comes to sports?  The Marist Poll’s John Sparks discusses these issues with Richard Lapchick, Founder and Director of the Institute for Diversity and Ethics In Sport at the University of Central Florida. Dr. Richard Lapchick John Sparks Rich, 54% of the American public tell us they do not follow baseball at all as a national past time. Why do you think that... 

7/12: Yankees “Top of the Heap” To Repeat

July 12, 2010 by  
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As the 2010 All-Star game approaches, marking the proverbial midway of the Major League Baseball season, baseball fans across the country are weighing in on which team will win the World Series this year.  The New York Yankees take the top spot with 29% of fans saying they will take home another World Series trophy.  11% think the Boston Red Sox will be victorious in the Fall Classic and 5% say the Philadelphia Phillies will win it all.  Rounding out the top five are the LA Dodgers and the St. Louis Cardinals, each garnering 4%.  20% of baseball fans mentioned some other Major League Baseball... 

4/1: Yankees Favored Nationally

April 1, 2010 by  
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Heading into Major League Baseball’s 2010 regular season, the New York Yankees are favored by fans nationally to win this year’s World Series.  Regardless of the team they support, 33% of fans think the Bronx Bombers will be victorious in the fall.  Their bitter rivals, the Boston Red Sox, are a distant second with 11% saying the team will claim bragging rights this year, and the Philadelphia Phillies slide into third with 6%.  The Chicago Cubs and the St. Louis Cardinals receive the nod from 3% of fans. ©istockphoto.com/Kameleon007 But, which team has the biggest fan base?  The New York... 

4/1: Yanks Kings of NYS Baseball

April 1, 2010 by  
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Baseball is serious business in New York!  And, with Opening Day just around the corner, avid fans are dusting off their jerseys to “root, root, root” for the home team.  But, with two franchises calling New York “home,” which team is the fan favorite? Photo Courtesy of Stephanie L. Calvano Nearly six in ten registered voters — 58% — who are baseball fans in New York State say they are Yankees fans while 28% cheer for the Mets.  14% are not a fan of either team. While 58% of male fans and the same proportion of female fans say they back the Bronx Bombers,... 

4/1: Big Apple Baseball, Past and Present

April 1, 2010 by  
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Sports journalist Len Berman has been a fan of New York baseball since the 1950′s, when the city boasted three teams. He talks with The Marist Poll’s John Sparks about what Yankees’ and Mets’ fans can expect from the 2010 season. John Sparks Len, baseball season’s just around the corner. The Marist Poll conducted a survey of fans in New York State. They found that more [New York baseball fans] considered themselves to be Yankees’ fans than Mets’ fans. Now you’re a New Yorker, how about you, Yankees or Mets? Len Berman Len Berman Well, I grew up... 

10/15: It’s Up To You, New York…Yankees Viewed as World Series’ Favorite

October 15, 2009 by  
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They’ve steamrolled the Minnesota Twins and are getting ready to battle the Los Angeles Angels in the ALCS.  Now, more than four in ten baseball fans nationwide think the New York Yankees will go all the way and clinch their 27th World Championship. ©istockphoto.com/alancrosthwaite 41% of baseball fans report the Bronx Bombers have the best chance of winning the World Series this year.  The Philadelphia Phillies come in a distant second with 10% of fans thinking they will repeat.  Joe Torre’s Los Angeles Dodgers are the pick of 8%, and Mike Scioscia’s Los Angeles Angels are regarded the... 

7/13: New York City Baseball Banter

July 13, 2009 by  
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Major League Baseball is enjoying its annual All-Star break. Players from the American and National Leagues will duke it out at Baseball’s 80th All-Star Game; and with home field advantage for the World Series on the line, will either the Yankees or the Mets be affected come October?  Who’s better to ask than New York City baseball fans? ©istockphoto.com/aceshot A New York Baseball State of Mind… Picking Sides 51% of New York City registered voters consider themselves baseball fans.  When these baseball fans were asked whether their allegiance is with the Mets or the Yankees, 53% pick... 

6/2: Baseball in NYC: Ticket Prices a Big Loser

June 2, 2009 by  
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Most baseball fans in New York City think they’re getting ripped off when they head out to the stadium, and while there’s been much hubbub about New York’s new baseball stadiums, a majority of fans think new ballparks, in general, are good for the sport. ©istockphoto.com/velcron Major League Baseball’s ticket prices are way out of line and are not a good value for the money, according to 83% of baseball enthusiasts.  And, although 46% of New Yorkers think new baseball stadiums are good for the sport, 53% of baseball fans think new ballparks are a plus.  Where do New York’s, crosstown... 

6/2: Dugout Chatter — Baseball in NYC

June 2, 2009 by  
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Baseball season is in full swing!  From Major League Baseball’s ticket prices to new stadiums’ impact on the game, there’s a lot of chatter surrounding the sport.  In an interview with The Marist Poll’s John Sparks, sports journalist Len Berman weighs in.  Check out their conversation below. Len Berman John Sparks Len, we conducted a poll and we asked the public if they thought the cost of a ticket to a major league game was a good value for the money.  83% of those who considered themselves baseball fans said, “No, it is not a good value”.  In fact, 84%... 

6/2: Taking the Plunge at Yankee Stadium

June 2, 2009 by  
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OK… I did it.  Saturday, May 16th, I swallowed my pinstripe pride and checked out the Bronx Bombers’ new digs.  As we pollsters might say, on a scale of 1 to 10 with 1 meaning I loved it and 10 meaning I despised it… I score the experience around a Ruthian 3.  Nice things / bad things: It didn’t rain / it wasn’t sunny either… Finding a place to park on the way in was easy / exiting the stadium area later was no picnic… Seats were $40 less than last year and weren’t somewhere in Bergen County as I had feared / the closest field feature was the left field foul pole;... 

6/2: You Call That a Record?!

June 2, 2009 by  
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I wait all winter for it to be baseball season again.  I make an annual trip to Tampa in March to visit friends and go to Yankees’ Spring Training.  I feel like a little kid every time I go to a Major League game.  Then, every once in a while, I step back and receive a reality check. ©istockphoto.com/cscredon Robert S. Wieder said, “Baseball fans are junkies, and their heroin is the statistic.”  I could not agree with this statement more.  However, there is a stat that I am having a really hard time wrapping my head around. On Monday, June 1st, the New York Yankees set a Major... 

4/6: Will Baseball Attendance Slide?

April 6, 2009 by  
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A majority of baseball fans don’t think they’re getting their money’s worth given ticket prices at major league ballparks and admit they pay very little attention to the national pastime. ©istockphoto.com/SondraP Last season, 78% of the country didn’t attend a single game, and even 61% of those who consider themselves true baseball fans didn’t make it to see the boys of summer either. With the current economic recession, that’s as much of a concern for the owners as winning the pennant. Ticket Value Table Table:  Do You Follow Baseball? Baseball Attendance Table Marist Poll Methodology Related... 

4/6: Steroid Scandal: Fans, Public React

April 6, 2009 by  
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Fans to players:  Use steroids — Forget Cooperstown Most Americans and baseball fans in particular have a message for any ballplayer who uses steroids — you don’t belong in the Hall of Fame.  73% of the general public and 70% of those who consider themselves baseball fans say any player who uses performance-enhancing drugs should not be eligible for induction. Table – Steroid Use and the Hall of Fame ©istockphoto.com/Box5 Records Another Matter But, people are more divided when it comes to any records a juiced up player sets.  Although just 15% of both fans and the general... 

4/6: Fans & Public Agree: Character More Important Than Talent

April 6, 2009 by  
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Baseball fans and the general public both value a ballplayer’s character more than his talent.  63% of the public say character matters most.  64% of the public who are baseball fans agree.  However 31% of the fans say talent is more important compared to 24% of the general public. And, when it comes to being role models, 48% of the general public think baseball players teach kids mostly good things on and off the field.  A greater percentage of those who call themselves fans (56%) believe players are good role models. Table – Baseball Players:  Talent vs. Character Table – Players...