Football is popular

Football is more popular than ever in a post-lockout world, according to the folks at the Harris Poll.

Harris Interactive comes out with this poll every year, and this year’s results indicate that pro football has broadened its lead over baseball as the country’s most popular sport.

The lead has jumped quite a bit over the last year. Pro football is the favorite sport of 36% of Americans according to the poll, while only 13% went with pro baseball. The gap was much smaller last year: 31%-17%.

Perhaps the uncertainty over the lockout hurt the NFL’s popularity at this time last year. The work stoppage during the summer clearly didn’t have any lasting negative impact on the sport.

I’m beginning to think I made the right choice to work for PFT instead of GolfTalkCentral.com.

15 responses to “Football is popular

  1. Given the popularity of pro football itself, I was surprised at what a huge percentage of football fans seem to really dislike, even hate, the football players themselves, as evidenced by comments on this site during the negotiations.

  2. I wouldn’t rank it highest, but it’s surprising that Harris hasn’t added an MMA category to the poll by now. I’m guessing it would poll higher than Women’s Tennis or Track and Field…

  3. And fans are wondering why Goodell was extended. Proof is in the pudding, folks. You may hate him, but the NFL has continued to grow under his leadership.

    You may think he sucks, but you’re still watching — and in ever increasing numbers, too.

  4. The Eagles have the best selling album ever and
    Soccer is the most popular sport in the world.

    …Popularity is overrated.

  5. Someone else looking like he’s doing a good job is Gary Bettman in the NHL. It’s all relative. But NHL as a favorite sport has tripled since that poll began.

  6. @mavajo, anyone could grow this sport in this country. It is like saying the crack dealer in a bad neighborhood is good at his job because he is selling loads of crack. I don’t hate Goodell but the popularity of the sport is growing with or without him. It would take a complete fool to mess up the popularity of the NFL.

    I don’t watch because of the things Goodell does, I watch in spite of them.

  7. That headline was awesome.

    I was scanning the headlines and I saw that one just sitting there and it cracked me up.

    Some say I am easily amused.

  8. Wonder how popular it will be once Goodell takes hitting out of the game and makes everyone wear flags?

  9. Is that picture of an old Washington and Jefferson College football team? Is this a conspiracy because that is the school Roger Goodell went to? (I don’t really think it is a conspiracy, but you have to be sensational right?)

  10. mavajo says:Jan 26, 2012 2:08 PM

    And fans are wondering why Goodell was extended. Proof is in the pudding, folks. You may hate him, but the NFL has continued to grow under his leadership.

    You may think he sucks, but you’re still watching — and in ever increasing numbers, too.
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    Substitute BCS for Goodell, and you’d get the irony of college football.

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