NEW YORK (AP) — According to a new Associated Press-GfK poll, about half of Americans say they are fans of pro football. Nearly a third of those fans say they would not consider attending a Super Bowl even though few have any idea how much it costs.
The NFL is still the most popular sports league in the United States, drawing the highest TV ratings by far. Its revenues climbed above $9 billion last year and next week's Super Bowl between Seattle and Denver in New Jersey will almost certainly be the most watched television program of the year.
Last year, 56 percent of people polled said they were NFL fans, and that number dropped slightly to 49 percent this year. Even among those who said they were NFL fans, 31 percent say they have no interest in attending a Super Bowl, even if they could afford it.
Fans have complained about high ticket prices, with very few available to the general public at face value, and most fans having to go through resellers to get into the game.