Are you very, somewhat, or a little interested in any of these sports?*

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Sports (leagues)Very, somewhat or a little interested
National Football League62%
Major League Baseball49%
College Football45%
National Basketball Association35%
Figure Skating34%
College Basketball33%
High School Sports28%
PGA Tour (men's golf)27%
National Hockey League23%
Horse Racing20%
College Baseball19%
Extreme / Action Sports19%
Pro Boxing19%
Women's Tennis18%
Men's Tennis18%
Major League Soccer16%
Ultimate Fighting Championship16%
Pro Bull Riding15%
Minor League Baseball15%
IndyCar Series14%
Pro Rodeo13%
NHRA Drag Racing12%
Monster Trucks12%
LPGA (women's golf)12%
European Soccer12%
WWE (pro wrestling)11%
Formula One Racing11%
Arena / Indoor Football11%
AVP (pro beach volleyball)9%
College Hockey9%
Mexican Soccer9%
AMA Pro Racing (motorcycle / ATV)8%
Grand-AM Road Racing8%
Minor League Hockey6%
NBA Development League5%
Pro Lacrosse3%

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The graph depicts the fan interest of U.S. American consumers in a variety of sports in 2011. Shown is the percentage of American adults who are fans of the sport. 45 percent of the survey respondents said they were (avid) fans of college football. Scarborough Sports Marketing defines "avid fans" as consumers who are "very interested" and "fans" as respondents who are "very, somewhat, or a little interested" in a given sport.
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Release date
October 2011
United States
Survey time period
March 2011 to Augsut 2011
Number of respondents
210,000 respondents
Age group
18 years and older
Special properties
Continuous measurement
Method of interview
Questionnaires and telephone interviews
Supplementary notes
* The source does not provide detailed information regarding the questions. The chosen wording here might therefore differ slightly from the survey.
Multiple answers were possible.

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