Here are the top 5 things fans complained about during the 2016-17 season

With the 2017-18 NFL season only a few weeks away, we wanted to look back at 2016-17 one more time and review some numbers on what was driving fans crazy last year.

We took a survey of 1,084 NFL fans, and mixed responses with social media trends by using tracking tools for sports-related commentary around the web, looking for trending complaints. It was pretty obvious there were two last year that drew most of the internet’s concern, but some others of course emerged as well.

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The Official 2017 Guide to Watching the NFL Online Without Cable

Five years ago, this almost seemed impossible. If one wanted to watch an NFL game online, they would have to turn to illegal streaming sites, as the option to pay for legal streams online was non-existent.

But here we are, right before the start of the 2017 season, and it’s not only pretty easy to legally stream the NFL online, there are a multitude of options to match almost any need. Below you’ll find our complete guide on how to stream NFL games without cable this season as well as links to other useful resources.

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REPORT: Those Who Play Fantasy Football Watch 4.5 More Hours of NFL Games a Week Than the Average Fan

Fantasy football leads to 2x more regular viewing of NFL games

  • NFL fans who play fantasy football watch 4.5 more hours of football per week on average (8.7 total hours of watching NFL games a week)
  • 16% of NFL fans regularly play fantasy football
  • 78% of people who start playing fantasy football state that their NFL viewership increases

There are a lot NFL fans – TV ratings suggest that over 60% of Americans tune-in on occasion throughout the season to watch games, the largest percentage for any sport in the US. But then there are NFL fanatics, who watch pre-game coverage, flip between RedZone and their favorite team’s game, keeping one eye on their fantasy football app, and then immediately turning to social media to discuss and review highlights throughout the day.

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REPORT: 66% of NFL Fans Support Homosexual Players Coming Out, an 11% Increase in Two Years

NFL fan positive sentiment towards openly gay players increasing:

  • We polled 1,501 NFL fans and found that 65.8% now support openly gay players.
  • This is an 11% increase from our 2015 poll that found 54.5% of fans supported openly gay players
  • 72% of the US population thinks being homosexual is morally acceptable (source), a 7% increase over the same time frame (65% in 2015).
  • Our poll found that younger fans (18-34) are more supportive (80.8% support) than older fans (55+) (51% support). Read more

Exclusive: Netflix to Overtake ESPN in 2018 with the Biggest Budget in Television

ESPN has been the biggest spender in television entertainment for several years now. With an average of $7.3 billion budgeted every year, they continually outspend other networks by a large margin. Buying the rights to things like Monday Night Football and NBA and MLB games, it makes sense that the network has to spend big to maintain rights to this programming. Live sports are expensive, and ESPN is, at least now, the leader in sports broadcasting. But as far as budgets go, Netflix is catching up fast, and will almost certainly surpass ESPN in 2018.

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REPORT: 2017 NFL offseason Fan Optimism Scores

With the NFL draft behind us we thought it would be an appropriate time to run a Fan Optimism Score™ survey to determine what teams’ fans are most excited about the upcoming season, and what fans are already on their proverbial fourth drink before the season has even seen its first kickoff.

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May 2017 MLB Fan Optimism Scores for Each Team – Mariners Fall, Diamondbacks Jump

The beginning of the MLB season always brings a lot of false hope that quickly fades to cynicism, but also plenty of hopelessness that can quickly turn into pleasant surprises. Things are often very rocky in the first few months of rankings, with balance restoring itself later. That of course makes these the most entertaining rankings as things change so drastically early in the season.

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Report: The Total Value of Every Sports Team in Each State

We wanted to see what states had the most valuable sports teams, so we pulled data on individual team values for the NFL, NBA, MLB, NHL and MLS and added them together in each state. You can see the full value of each state’s sport teams in the map and graph below:

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