Kristin Lessard & Steve Kelly

Kristin Lessard & Steve Kelly

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How do Americans Feel about Major League Baseball

The 2022 Major League Baseball season is finally here, but..... do Americans really care? A new survey set out to discover how folks really feel about baseball these days.

A new YouGov poll shows:

  • Half of those polled say they have at least a little interest in the upcoming season.
  • 27% say they plan to watch games on TV this season, while only 12% plan to actually go to a game.
  • When it comes to teams, 36% say they have a favorite MLB team.
  • Teams most commonly picked as favorites include:
    • New York Yankees (10%)
    • Boston Red Sox (9%)
    • Atlanta Braves (8%)
  • The teams least likely to be picked as a favorite include:
    • San Diego Padres
    • Miami Marlins
    • Oakland Athletics

There are lots of reasons why someone would choose to root for a particular baseball team. Some reasons include:

  • Where they grew up (46%)
  • Their family (36%)
  • Where they live now (27%)
  • Their friends (20%)
  • The players (18%)
  • The team’s record (8%) 

As for why some people may not be enjoying MLB any more, it seems most folks don’t feel it’s about the fans any more.

  • In fact, 79% say baseball has become more of a business than a sport.
  • Only 21% of people don’t agree. 


Baseball stadium during game, aerial view

Photo: Getty Images

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