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Sports properties headed in the wrong direction:

NFL 57%
NASCAR 46%
NCAA 25%
MLB 18%
IndyCar 15%
PGA Tour 12%
WNBA 12%
UFC 11%
USOC 11%
X Games 11%
WWE 10%

Responses 675
Note: Respondents could select three. Only top responses shown.

League that is most likely to miss games because of contentious negotiations over its next collective-bargaining agreement (CBA):

NFL 67%
MLS 13%
MLB 11%
NHL 6%
NBA 3%

Responses 674

The NFL's decision to allow the Chargers to move to Los Angeles was a:

Good Decision 12%
Poor Decision 69%
Not sure 19%

Responses 698


The NFL's decision to allow the Raiders to move to Las Vegas was a:

Good Decision 56%
Poor Decision 25%
Not sure 19%

Responses: 699 Note: Respondents could select all that apply.

Hottest sports properties:

NBA 64%
NFL 32%
MLS 31%
NCAA 23%
MLB 22%
EPL 20%
Overwatch League 17%
UFC 16%
NHL 15%

Responses: 705
Note: Respondents could select three. Only top answers shown.

Buying a franchise in which of the following leagues would be viewed as the wisest investment five years from now?

NBA 39%
NHL 33%
MLB 12%
MLS 9%
NFL 8%

Responses: 689

Model franchises in pro sports:

Golden State Warriors 19%
New England Patriots 12%
San Antonio Spurs 12%

Responses: 599
Note: Written-in responses. Only top responses shown.


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NBA "super teams" are _________ for the health of the league?

Good 44%
Bad 44%
Have no effect 12%

Responses: 695

Most effective commissioner/top executive:

Adam Silver, NBA 64%
Rob Manfred, MLB 10%
Don Garber, MLS 8%
Gary Bettman, NHL 8%

Responses: 698
Note: Only top responses shown.

Which two markets should be awarded an MLS franchise in the league's next round of expansion?

Nashville 33%
San Diego 25%
Charlotte 21%
Cincinnati 19%
San Antonio 17%
St. Louis 17%
Sacramento 15%
Detroit 13%
Phoenix 11%
Raleigh 11%
Indianapolis 7%
Tampa/St. Petersburg 6%

Responses: 667
Note: Respondents could select two.

The $150 million franchise expansion fee charged by MLS currently is:

Too high 44%
Just right 47%
Too low 9%

Responses: 667

Should MLS adopt a relegation structure similar to the EPL?

Yes 43%
No 27%
No opinion 30%

Responses: 678

Offers the most family-friendly game/event experience:

Minor league baseball 27%
MLB 23%
NBA 15%
MLS 12%
NHL 7%
NASCAR 6%
WNBA 4%

Responses: 705
Note: Only top responses shown.

Where will the NHL expand to next?

Seattle 45%
Quebec City 21%
Houston 5%
Kansas City 4%
Other 5%
It will not expand 20%

Responses: 683

Do you agree with the NHL's decision to skip the 2018 Winter Olympics?

Yes, it was the right move for the league 27%
No, it hurts the league's growth potential 55%
Undecided/No opinion 19%

Responses: 694

In five years, the Tampa Bay Rays will be playing:

Within the Tampa/St. Petersburg area 47%
Outside the Tampa/St. Petersburg area 53%

Responses: 682

Getty Images Canada and South Korea compete during the Overwatch World Cup at the Anaheim Convention Center;

Buying a franchise/charter in which of these leagues/sports would be viewed as the wisest investment five years from now?

esports 59%
Minor League Baseball 12%
NASCAR 7%
USL 5%
WNBA 5%
MLL 3%
NWSL 3%
Minor league hockey 2%
NASL 2%
NLL 2%
AFL 1%

Responses: 670

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