COVID-19: Opinions on the acceptable level of risk in returning sports, by interest
The responses to this survey have subsequently been categorized into into four groups characterized by the respondents level of interest in the English Premier League (EPL).
There is a substantial relationship observed between the level of interest of the respondent and their opinion on the appropriateness of the return of the EPL. Only the respondents that indicated that the EPL is one of their 'TOP' interests exhibited the greatest share indicating that the 17th June was 'about the right time' for the EPL to resume with over 57 percent indicating as such. Conversely, the greatest of all other respondent groups indicated that it was 'too soon' for the EPL to resume.
A similar share of all respondents held the opinion that professional athletes should accept either no risk or a small amount of risk. Of the respondents that indicated that the EPL was one of their 'TOP' interest, 43 percent held the opinion that athletes should accept a small amount of risk whereas only 24 percent held the opinion that athletes should accept 'no risk'.