What Do Fans Think Of The NFL Labor Dispute?

SI cover(NEW YORK – April 6, 2011) – Sports Illustrated surveyed NFL fans to get their opinions on the current labor dispute and potential disruption of the 2011 NFL season. So what did they have to say (page 16)?

Nearly half of fans (44%) say they would have less future interest in the NFL after a delayed or canceled season.

More than half of fans (53%) expect a full NFL season without replacement players in 2011, but if replacement players are used 63% will still watch.

With a disrupted NFL season, college football would gain more attention from 57.3% of NFL fans. Major league baseball and the NBA would receive more attention from 45.3% and 37.3% of NFL fans, respectively.

What would fans miss most if the season is disrupted? 41.8% said watching with friends and family and 40.7% said following a team. Only 5.2% said fantasy football is what they would most miss and only 1.3% said betting on games.

The survey was conducted by noted research group M&RR and polled 314 random NFL fans ages 18 and older. It has a margin of error +5.5 percentage points.

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Lifelong Redskins fan and blogger about football and life since 2004. Joined MVN's Hog Heaven blog in 2005 and then moved Redskins Hog Heaven to Bolguin Network. Believes that the course of a season is pre-ordained by management decisions made during the offseason. Can occasionally be found on the This Given Sunday blog and he does guest posts.