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What Steroid Problem? Poll Finds Fans Not Discouraged PDF Print E-mail
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Performance-Enhancing Drugs (PEDs)
Written by Maury Brown   
Sunday, 23 March 2008 09:46

Steroids in BaseballThe issue of performance-enhancing drugs in Major League Baseball will have little, if any, effect on how fans of the game plan to attend games, and make purchases of MLB merchandise, according to a poll released by conducted by Seton Hall University and the Sharkey Institute.

The poll, which comes shortly after the release of the Mitchell Report and the scandal between Roger Clemens and his former trainer, Brian McNamee, seems to show that when it comes to the game, they’re willing to move on from the issue of PEDs. As reported by Bloomberg News:

Eighty-eight percent of 548 U.S. adults randomly telephoned said they would watch or listen to games at least as much as they have in the past, according to the poll conducted by Seton Hall University and the Sharkey Institute.

Eighty-three percent said they were inclined to buy the same amount or more of licensed merchandise, while 85 percent said they would buy the same number, or more, tickets to games.

As a sidebar, the report also found that those that were keeping track of the Clemens/McNamee situation were split almost exactly down the middle, depending on party affiliation.

Clemens should be prosecuted for perjury if it's determined that he lied to Congress, 69 percent of Democrats said, compared with 65 percent of Republicans. However, 63 percent of Democrats said they thought Clemens had used steroids, compared with 41 percent of Republicans.

The poll conducted by Seton Hall University and the Sharkey Institute  took place between March 17-19, and has a margin of error of plus-or-minus 4 percentage points.


Maury Brown

Maury Brown is the Founder and President of the Business of Sports Network, which includes The Biz of Baseball, The Biz of Football, The Biz of Basketball and The Biz of Hockey. He is contributor to Baseball Prospectus, and is available as a freelance writer.

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