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October 15, 2013

Poll: Apathy behind poor showing at sporting events

Sports apathy, our online poll respondents say, is the reason they’re not turning out for the quality sports entertainment offered by Minnesota State University.

Our question was: MSU’s football, basketball, soccer and hockey teams are nationally ranked, yet few from the community attend. Why do you think this is the case?

With 37 percent (35 votes), this answer led the way: “I’m not a sports fan and don’t care for attending sporting events.”

Coming in second with 23 percent (22 votes) was this: “I’m really not aware of this so-called success. It needs to be better marketed to get the word out.”

In third with 17 percent (16 votes) was this: “Ticket prices are too high,” followed by this answer which picked up 13 percent (12 votes): “We’re too busy. With kids’ sports and school and work, it’s hard to find time to fit in more activities.”

Comments at our Facebook page included:

n Michael Smith: “Not D1 so no one cares. I think if the football team went D1, and not D1 and a half, like NDSU, all of the sports would become more popular locally.”

n Kim ‘Kiewatt’ Waknitz: “Price. How can a family afford to go to hockey games?”

n Duke Thompson: “Lack of coverage from the local media for starters.”

n Jesse Fredrickson: “D2 sucks.”

n Ryan Sathoff: “Bingo! Not D1.”

The Free Press online poll is not scientific. Visit to weigh in on our latest question: There is preliminary talk of a joint sports facility being built in Mankato. Would you be in support of more tax dollars being spent to fund local youth sports?

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