Fan need for return of sports activities has elevated regardless of pandemic

An amazing majority of sports activities followers polled by ESPN say they nonetheless assist the return {of professional} and collegiate sports activities even when followers won’t be in attendance because of the ongoing pandemic.

Outcomes from the second wave of ESPN’s Coronavirus Lockdown Fan Examine surveyed 1,003 sports activities followers age 18 and older and located that 78% have been in favor of sports activities resuming play regardless of restrictions on fan attendance, a double-digit improve from the earlier ballot performed in mid-April.

With MLS, NWSL, and the UFC already underway and MLB, the NBA and WNBA, and the NHL set to renew play within the subsequent couple of weeks, followers are clearly prepared for the return of sports activities with 59% saying that they can not wait to see sports activities again on tv and planning to observe as a lot as they’ll (up from 56 p.c in April). In the meantime, the extended suspension of stay sporting occasions has left 64% of followers with a larger appreciation for them with 84% of avid followers expressing the identical sentiment.

The second wave of the ESPN Coronavirus Lockdown Fan Examine was performed nationwide June 23-26.

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