COVID-19: preferred sports programming alternative as of March 2020

The COVID-19 pandemic that spread across the world at the beginning of 2020 was not only a big threat to public health, but also to the entire sports industry. Many professional leagues closed their doors to spectators or postponed their seasons entirely, leading to a severe lack of live sports programming on television. During a March 2020 survey in the United States, some 41 percent of respondents stated that sports documentaries would be their preferred alternative sports programming during the pandemic.

Preferred alternative content to live sports during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic in the United States as of March 2020

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Release date

March 2020


United States

Survey time period

March 20-22, 2020

Number of respondents

1,519 respondents

Age group

18 years and older

Special properties

share of sports fans who were at least somewhat interested in watching the following as an alternative to live sports

Method of interview

Online survey

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