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  • January 28, 2016 When Super Bowl Intersects Political Season, What's the Most Competitive Contest Out There?; And Which Candidate Would You Want Coaching Your Team?


  • November 19, 2015 73% of Americans Say They Are 'Concerned About Attending a Sporting Event in a Large Venue' in Wake of Paris Attacks/ Threatened Strike by Missouri Football Garners Reaction/ Online Fantasy Sports Continues to Draw Mixed Opinions
  • October 29, 2015 Public Divided on Whether Fantasy Sports Commercials Should Run During Televised Games; Governor Christie's 'Really?' Comment on Debate May Have Rung True
  • October 29, 2015 World Series vs. NFL? Strong Gaines for Baseball Shown in Preference
  • October 1, 2015 Fantasy Sports Games Viewed as Gambling, Not Game of Skill, by Wide Margin in Seton Hall Sports Poll; Waiver to Advertise and Promote in Sports Telecasts Was Based on Argument That It Is Not Gambling
  • April 30, 2015 48% of Americans Think Baseball Still Has a Widespread Drug Problem/ But Disapproval Ratings Dropping for Bonds, Clemens, A-Rod, Woods, James; An Era of Forgiveness Emerging?/60% of Public Say Drop Legal Pursuit of Bonds
  • March 26, 2015 Americans Favoring Some Form of Increased Benefits for College Athletes Trending Upward / 65% Support Borland Decision on Early Retirement
  • March 5, 2015 Baseball Will Be Most Followed Spring Sports Event on America's Calendar/ MLB Paces Strongly with 18-29s
  • February 6, 2015  Seattle Coach Carroll's Popularity Seems to Have Weathered Public Opinion; Only 14% Have Unfavorable Reaction to Him / Marshawn Lynch's Abilities Trump His Silence with Media; By 51%-13%, He Is Found "Favorable" with Public


  • November 20, 2014 Public Disagrees with NBA Commissioner Silver's Advocacy of Sports Betting, but Agrees with His Position / Disturbing Amount Think Game Results Already Influenced by Gambling / Nation Agrees with New Jerseyans on Bill Supporting Sports Gambling
  • October 30, 2014 New Jerseyans Support Cancellation of Sayreville Football Season, Suspension of Coaches, By 2-1 Margins / On Sports Betting, Women Are from Venus, Men Are from Atlantic City with Vastly Different Levels of Support
  • October 9, 2014 Attention NFL: Women Are Following Your Controversies as Closely as Men / Support for Goodell Drops; Rises for Obama's Position on 'Thinking Twice About Having a Son Play'
  • April 25, 2014 If General Public Had a Vote in Today’s Northwestern Football Unionization Election – It Would Be No; “Players Are Students, Not Employees”
  • March 27, 2014 Seton Hall Sports Poll Finds Support for Student/Athlete Benefits Apart from Salaries / Findings at Same Time as Yesterday's NLRB Ruling Re: Northwestern
  • February 27, 2014 89% Say Sexual Preference Should Not Be Considered in Offering a Contract to a Player / Olympic Coverage Gets High Grades; Decision to Hold Games in Russia Is Met with Approval
  • February 7, 2014 91% Plan to Watch Olympics “The Old Fashioned Way” - TV; Online and Mobile Options Still Hover in Single Digits


  • November 21, 2013 53% Think Bullying Widespread Throughout Sports / Only 13% Say Incognito ‘Most at Fault’ Among All Miami Parties 
  • October 31, 2013  Seton Hall Sports Poll Finds Baseball Fans More Troubled By Length Of Games Than Steroid Issues
  • October 3, 2013  72% Support Selig Punishment Of A-Rod - Or Worse / Legacy Of Commissioner Gets High Grades / A Third Of Men Say NFL Less Enjoyable With New Safety Rules
  • April 18, 2013  60% Say Delay In Firing Rutgers Basketball Coach Rice Related To Pending Move Of School To Big Ten Conference
  • March 21, 2013  One in Three Think Players Shave Points In College Basketball / Half Think Most Colleges Break Recruiting Rules; 77% Want Coaches More Tightly Controlled
  • Feb. 28, 2013  Fewer Than Half Think Athletes Make Good Role Models - But Woe To Politicians And Movie Stars / African Americans Show Scant Interest In Upcoming Baseball Season / Respondents Weigh In On Pistorius Guilt Or Innocence / Danica Patrick A Boost To Nascar / Manziel Courses Online? Depends On Age Of Respondent
  • Jan. 31, 2013  Let My Son Play Football? President Loses This One As Most Say 'Yes' / America Hears Armstrong And Rejects Him


  • Nov. 29, 2012 Seton Hall Sports Poll Finds New Jerseyans Nearly Split On Legalized Sports Gambling / Rutgers Move To Big Ten Seen As Good For School, Good For State
  • Oct 25, 2012  American Public Not Ready to Villanize Lance Armstrong
  • Sept. 28, 2012  Public Says Obama A Better Sportsman, Would Be A Better Football Coach Than Romney / Independent Voters Also Favor President On Both Questions
  • Sept. 27, 2012  Seton Hall Sports Poll Measures Public Reaction To NFL Officiating Fiasco / Huge Jump After Monday Night Game / "Speculation Can Now Be Quantified"
  • March 29, 2012  Public Comes Down Hard On Saints Too; One In Four Think Punishment Not Severe Enough - 51% Think NFL Response Will Reduce Injuries
  • March 1, 2012 Seton Hall Sports Poll Finds 'Tebow-Mania' Impact On NFL Greater Than 'Lin-Sanity' Impact On NBA By 2 to 1
  • Jan. 26, 2012 Opinion Shifts On Whether Paterno Should Have Been Fired, But 3 To 1 Say His Legacy Has Been Damaged By The Scandal


  • Dec. 1, 2011  Nearly Half Of Americans Believe Penn State Scandal Not An Isolated Incident In College Athletics
  • Nov. 22, 2011  GOP Holds Its Own VS. NFL And MLB / Seton Hall Sports Poll Finds No Call For NCAA Oversight On Conference Shifting / 60% Want More Replays In Baseball
  • Oct. 27, 2011  Fans Turned Off By NBA Labor Dispute
  • April 29, 2011  Seton Hall Sports Poll Finds Public Opposes MLB's Takeover Of Day-To-Day Operations Of The Dodgers
  • March 31, 2011  Seton Hall Sports Poll On Bonds Perjury Trial, NCAA Tournament / Nation Believes Bonds Case Should Have Been Dropped Even Though They Think He Is Guilty / Fans Love New NCAA Broadcast Format
  • March 3, 2011  Seton Hall Sports Poll On NFL Labor Dispute / Public Favors Players 35-22%; An Increase Since February
  • Feb. 11, 2011  Seton Hall Sports Poll On Super Bowl, NFL Labor / Public Sympathies Evenly Divided On NFL Labor Issues; Only 49% Feel Dispute Will Be Resolved Before New Season


  • Nov. 18, 2010  Seton Hall Sports Poll Examines Athletic Popularity / One Year Later, Feelings On Tiger Woods Are Split; Peyton Manning Enjoys Tremendous Favorable Rating / 29% Favor Fine, Suspension After Unnecessary Roughness Call; Fans Embrace NFL Replays In Settling Close Calls
  • Oct. 20, 2010  Seton Hall Sports Poll Examines LeBron James Popularity / Americans To LeBron: "Ok To Change Teams, But What A Mess You Made Of It"
  • Sept. 30, 2010  Seton Hall Sports Poll Examines Football Conclusion Issue / Large Margin Favors NFL, Not Government Taking Action On Concussions / Women Reporters In NFL Locker Rooms; Players As Role Models Also Surveyed
  • April 22, 2010  Seton Hall Sports Poll Finds MLB Has Perception Problems On Both Drugs And Race / However, Its Athletes Score Best Among Team Sports In Image / One In Four Thought Tiger’s Masters Return Helped His Image; Rating As World’s Top Athlete Drops Dramatically
  • March 25, 2010  Seton Hall Sports Poll Finds 72% Of Americans Secretary Duncan's Proposal: A Required Graduation Rate Of 40% Or More From College Basketball Programs / Only 16% Are More Likely To Watch Woods Return In Masters
  • Feb. 25, 2010  Tiger Woods An Olympian? 69% Say 'Yes' If Golf Is Added To The Games / Seton Hall Sports Poll Also Finds General Satisfaction With Vancouver Games And NBC Coverage / Only 2% Getting Their Olympic News From Newspapers
  • Feb. 4, 2010  Seton Hall Sports Poll's Super Bowl And Olympic Findings / More Fans Will Be Rooting For Saints Sunday In SB XLIV / "Classic American Underdog Story" / Attention Still On Economy, Health Care; Olympics Has Own Issues For NBC


  • Dec. 4, 2009  Seton Hall Sports Poll On The BCS / Nearly Half Of College Football Fans Still Don't 'Get' What Makes Up The BCS Formula For National Title Game / Over 70% Would Like A Tournament Like NCAA Basketball
  • Dec. 3, 2009  Seton Hall Sports Poll Finds Overwhelming Majority Supports Tiger Wood's Right To His Privacy
  • Nov. 5, 2009  By Better Than 2-1, Fans Say Big Market Teams Have Advantage In Winning / Two-Thirds Call For Greater Use Of Video Replays To Resolve Close Calls
  • Oct. 1, 2009  Obama Puts Prestige On Line With Olympic Mission To Copenhagen / By 2-1 Americans Think Prestige Will Be Affected
  • April 20, 2009  Calipari's Kentucky Coaching Contract Is What's Wrong With College Athletes / Seton Hall Sports Poll Measures Attitudes Toward College Sports
  • March 8, 2009  ESPN’s Outside the Lines Reveals Seton Hall Sports Poll Results on Steroids Following Admission By Alex Rodriguez / 26% Say More Than Half Of MLB Players Currently Use HGH
  • Feb. 12, 2009  Seton Hall Sports Poll Finds 66% With Little Or No Interest In Alex Rodriguez Steroid Stories / "Good News For Baseball; Fans May Have Had Their Fill," Says Poll Director / Public Weighs In On ‘Citi Field’ Naming Rights; Michael Phelps
  • Jan. 29, 2009  Even For Sports Fans; It's The Economy, Not The Super Bowl / An Even Split On Whether Obama Should Relax And Watch The Game / A February Tie Between Valentine’s Day And The Super Bowl


  • Dec. 8, 2008  Seton Hall Sports Poll On The BCS / Over 60% Of Americans Agree With Obama That BCS Should Be Replaced By A Playoff System / But Overwhelming Majority Say, "Stay Out Of It" / BCS System Is Found Wanting By Large Majority Of Fans With Little Improvement Over The Last Two Years
  • Nov. 18, 2008  Impact In Sports Spending During Current Economic Downturn Measured By Seton Hall Sports Poll / Fans, Participants, Show Downward Turns In Attendance, Participation And Purchases Of Merchandise, And Health Club Memberships / Uncertainty Over Buying Cable TV Packages
  • Sept. 16, 2008  McCain-Obama Race Overwhelms NFL, MLB Interest / Seton Hall Sports Poll Finds Overwhelming Interest Among Sports Fans In 2008 Presidential Contest
  • April 18, 2008  Only 17% Favor Boycott By US Team Of Opening Ceremony / Seton Hall Sports Poll Finds 56% Of Americans Feel President Bush Should Not Cancel Plans To Attend Opening Ceremonies At Olympics Despite Growing Protests / Democrats, By 43%-23%, Say Rights Violations Are Good Cause For Protest
  • April 4, 2008  Less Than One In Three Feel High Importance Is Placed On Graduation For College Basketball Players / Nearly One In Four Think Players Manipulate Points For Spreads
  • March 21, 2008  Poll Gauges Fan Reaction To Steroids In Baseball As Season Looms / Seton Hall Sports Poll Finds Nearly 85% Will Support MLB As Much Or More Than Before Despite Steroids Hearings and Mitchell Report / Democrats, Republicans Split Evenly On Clemens / Younger Fans Less Concerned About Steroid Use And Oversight Than Older
  • Feb. 11, 2008  Poll Asks 'Which Candidate Would Make Best Pro Football Coach?' / Obama Edges McCain As Choice Say Respondents To Seton Hall Sports Poll / 61% Of Super Bowl Viewers Say They Were Rooting For Giants / 50% Call It One Of Most Exciting Super Bowls They’ve Seen


  • Dec. 5, 2007  Race Continues To Divide Opinions When It Comes To Barry Bonds / New Seton Hall Sports Poll Shows 74% Say He Knowingly Took Performance Enhancing Drugs
  • Oct. 12, 2007  Aftershocks Of Sports Scandals Are Measured In New Seton Hall Sports Poll / More Than 1 In 5 Sports Fans Claim To Have Less Interest In Sports / 40% Of Sports Fans Feel Wagering Is Widespread Among NBA Officials / Decision To Mark Bonds 756th Ball With Asterisk Complies With Online Vote / Only 1 In 5 Who Accept Sign Stealing Agree With Using Video To Do It
  • March 30, 2007  63% Feel College Basketball Is Hurt When Schools Recruit Athletes They Know Won’t Stay / 27% Believe Players Intentionally Influence Outcomes Because Of Gambling Interests / Seton Hall Sports Poll Conducted This Week Surveys Attitudes On College Hoops As NCAA Final Four Weekend Arrives
  • Feb. 1, 2007  Super Bowl Watchers To Follow Commercials Almost As Closely As Games / Seton Hall Sports Poll Finds 28% Intended To Watch Without Even Knowing Names Of Both Teams


  • Oct. 20, 2006  On This They Can Agree: Democrats And Republicans Favor Salary Controls, Feel Baseball Competition Weakened By Big Market, High Payroll Teams / Seton Hall Sports Poll Also Measures Interest In Baseball’s Post-Season
  • May 15, 2006  Two Third Of U.S. Sports Fans Want Steroid Assisted Records Marked By Asterisk Or Stricken From The Books / Findings Of Seton Hall Sports Poll Conducted By The Sharkey Institute In Association With ESPN Show Strong African-American Support For Barry Bonds / 35% Of African-Americans Think Bonds Singled Out Due To Race; Only 2% Of Non-African Americans Agree
  • April 13, 2006  Fans Weigh In With Strong Opinions On College Basketball / Seton Hall Sports Poll Finds 76% Feel Colleges Break Recruiting rules, But Once In, Colleges Place High Importance On Graduating The Athletes
  • Feb. 22, 2006  Seton Hall Sports Poll Shows Diminished Interest In Olympics And Apparent Apathy Toward Sponsorships / 84 Percent Say They Are Not Influenced By Olympic Sponsors
  • Feb. 7, 2006  Seton Hall Sports Poll Conducted By The Sharkey Institute Launches This Month / Rick Gentile, CBS Sports Veteran, Leads Operation

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