October 1, 2016
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Black Athletes Don't Get Fair Shake According Fans

 

BRISTOL, CT - A racial divide remains among fans about the extent to which African-Americans enjoy equal opportunities in sports, as well as about the degrees of prejudice and discrimination that continue to pervade the sports landscape, according to results from a Hart Research Associates survey conducted for ESPN.

The online survey of 1,822 sports fans (1,213 whites, 435 African-Americans) was conducted Dec. 15-Dec. 21.  The full survey results are posted below:

 

 

BRISTOL, CT - A racial divide remains among fans about the extent to which African-Americans enjoy equal opportunities in sports, as well as about the degrees of prejudice and discrimination that continue to pervade the sports landscape, according to results from a Hart Research Associates survey conducted for ESPN.

The online survey of 1,822 sports fans (1,213 whites, 435 African-Americans) was conducted Dec. 15-Dec. 21.  The full survey results are posted below:

 

Results from an online survey of 1,822 sports fans (1,213 whites, 435 African-Americans) conducted Dec. 15-Dec. 21 by Hart Research Associates for ESPN.

On a scale on which a five means you are "a very big sports fan" and a one means you have "absolutely no interest in sports," in general, how big a sports fan are you?

Type of fan All White African-American
5 -- Very big fan 39 38 47
4 33 35 25
3 -- Somewhat of a fan 25 24 26
2 3 3 2
1 -- Absolutely no interest -- -- --


About how many hours in an average week would you say you watch sports on television?
Hours watched All White African-American
None -- -- --
1 hour -- -- --
2-3 hours 26 27 24
4 to 5 hours 26 27 23
6 to 10 hours 24 25 26
11 to 15 hours 12 11 12
16 to 20 hours 6 6 6
21 to 25 hours 3 2 4
More than 25 hours 3 2 5


Please indicate how much you admire and respect each one of the following sports figures -- a great deal, quite a bit, somewhat, not that much, not at all.

Michael Jordan

  Great deal Quite a bit Somewhat Not that much Not at all
All Sports Fans 40 27 21 6 6
White Sports Fans 38 28 23 6 7
African-American Sports Fans 55 21 15 4 5

Tony Dungy

  Great deal Quite a bit Somewhat Not that much Not at all
All Sports Fans 31 19 25 12 13
White Sports Fans 29 19 27 13 12
African-American Sports Fans 48 19 16 7 10

Tom Brady

  Great deal Quite a bit Somewhat Not that much Not at all
All Sports Fans 23 25 28 11 13
White Sports Fans 22 26 28 12 12
African-American Sports Fans 27 27 27 9 10

Shaquille O'Neal

  Great deal Quite a bit Somewhat Not that much Not at all
All Sports Fans 21 25 30 14 10
White Sports Fans 18 26 31 15 10
African-American Sports Fans 33 26 25 9 17

Serena Williams

  Great deal Quite a bit Somewhat Not that much Not at all
All Sports Fans 20 26 27 14 13
White Sports Fans 14 26 30 16 14
African-American Sports Fans 51 26 14 5 4

Phil Mickelson

  Great deal Quite a bit Somewhat Not that much Not at all
All Sports Fans 20 23 31 13 13
White Sports Fans 22 24 30 13 11
African-American Sports Fans 15 21 33 15 16

Derek Jeter

  Great deal Quite a bit Somewhat Not that much Not at all
All Sports Fans 20 22 29 15 14
White Sports Fans 19 22 29 16 14
African-American Sports Fans 28 24 26 13 9

Danica Patrick

  Great deal Quite a bit Somewhat Not that much Not at all
All Sports Fans 17 23 31 15 14
White Sports Fans 18 23 30 15 14
African-American Sports Fans 18 19 34 15 14

Kobe Bryant

  Great deal Quite a bit Somewhat Not that much Not at all
All Sports Fans 15 18 25 19 23
White Sports Fans 11 17 26 22 24
African-American Sports Fans 32 23 19 11 15

Tim Tebow

  Great deal Quite a bit Somewhat Not that much Not at all
All Sports Fans 13 19 33 17 18
White Sports Fans 13 19 34 17 17
African-American Sports Fans 17 17 32 15 19

LeBron James

  Great deal Quite a bit Somewhat Not that much Not at all
All Sports Fans 14 16 24 21 25
White Sports Fans 9 15 25 24 27
African-American Sports Fans 35 22 19 12 12

Bill Belichick

  Great deal Quite a bit Somewhat Not that much Not at all
All Sports Fans 12 17 32 19 20
White Sports Fans 11 17 33 20 19
African-American Sports Fans 15 20 30 13 22

Michael Vick

  Great deal Quite a bit Somewhat Not that much Not at all
All Sports Fans 12 13 21 17 37
White Sports Fans 6 12 21 18 43
African-American Sports Fans 40 25 18 9 8

Tiger Woods

  Great deal Quite a bit Somewhat Not that much Not at all
All Sports Fans 12 13 19 21 35
White Sports Fans 7 12 17 24 40
African-American Sports Fans 27 21 24 13 15

Ben Roethlisberger

  Great deal Quite a bit Somewhat Not that much Not at all
All Sports Fans 7 15 28 22 28
White Sports Fans 6 15 27 23 29
African-American Sports Fans 12 18 28 21 21

Cam Newton

  Great deal Quite a bit Somewhat Not that much Not at all
All Sports Fans 7 12 34 22 25
White Sports Fans 4 11 35 25 25
African-American Sports Fans 18 16 31 16 19

Terrell Owens

  Great deal Quite a bit Somewhat Not that much Not at all
All Sports Fans 7 11 24 22 36
White Sports Fans 4 10 25 23 38
African-American Sports Fans 20 15 23 20 22


Please indicate the extent to which you agree or disagree with each of the following statements, using a scale from zero (do not agree at all) to 10 (completely agree). You can use any number from zero to 10, depending on how you feel.

African-Americans have equal opportunities and the same chances to succeed as whites do in our country today.

  Mean 9-10 7-8 5-6 3-4 0-2
All Sports Fans 6.5 31 24 22 13 10
White Sports Fans 7.0 34 26 21 13 6
African-American Sports Fans 4.4 11 14 26 20 29

African-Americans in our country still often face prejudice and discrimination.

  Mean 9-10 7-8 5-6 3-4 0-2
All Sports Fans 6.2 24 29 23 10 14
White Sports Fans 5.8 18 29 25 11 17
African-American Sports Fans 8.5 59 25 12 3 1

The United States has become a colorblind society where people are judged solely on the basis of their ability and conduct rather than their race.

  Mean 9-10 7-8 5-6 3-4 0-2
All Sports Fans 4.7 10 19 25 21 25
White Sports Fans 4.9 10 21 27 22 20
African-American Sports Fans 3.3 7 9 17 21 46


Please indicate the extent to which you think there is equality of opportunity for African-Americans in the United States today, using a scale from zero (very little equality of opportunity) to 10 (total equality of opportunity). You can use any number from zero to 10, depending on how you feel.

Sports

  Mean 9-10 7-8 5-6 3-4 0-2
All Sports Fans 8.8 73 16 7 2 2
White Sports Fans 9.1 77 14 6 2 1
African-American Sports Fans 8.0 54 27 11 4 4

The military

  Mean 9-10 7-8 5-6 3-4 0-2
All Sports Fans 8.0 51 27 11 4 4
White Sports Fans 8.3 55 27 14 3 1
African-American Sports Fans 7.0 34 29 21 9 7

Politics

  Mean 9-10 7-8 5-6 3-4 0-2
All Sports Fans 6.6 28 27 24 13 8
White Sports Fans 7.0 33 29 22 11 5
African-American Sports Fans 5.1 12 19 30 18 21

The corporate world

  Mean 9-10 7-8 5-6 3-4 0-2
All Sports Fans 6.0 19 27 28 14 12
White Sports Fans 6.4 22 29 29 13 7
African-American Sports Fans 4.1 6 15 25 25 29

 



Thinking specifically about the sports world, please indicate the extent to which you agree or disagree with each of the following statements, using a scale from zero (do not agree at all) to 10 (completely agree). You can use any number from zero to 10, depending on how you feel.

African-Americans have equal opportunities and the same chances to succeed as whites do in the sports world today

  Mean 9-10 7-8 5-6 3-4 0-2
All Sports Fans 8.3 60 22 11 4 3
White Sports Fans 8.6 65 20 10 3 2
African-American Sports Fans 7.0 36 33 16 6 9

Sports in America are colorblind, and people in sports are judged solely on the basis of their ability and conduct, rather than their race.

  Mean 9-10 7-8 5-6 3-4 0-2
All Sports Fans 7.3 43 25 16 9 7
White Sports Fans 7.5 47 25 15 7 6
African-American Sports Fans 6.1 24 28 21 13 14

African-Americans often still face prejudice and discrimination in the sports world today.

  Mean 9-10 7-8 5-6 3-4 0-2
All Sports Fans 3.7 8 15 18 15 44
White Sports Fans 3.1 5 13 16 15 51
African-American Sports Fans 6.1 23 26 25 14 12


Thinking about all aspects of sports -- including the athletes, coaches, owner, and fans --which of the following statements best describes your opinion?

The sports world sets a good example for the rest of the country when it comes to race relations and equal opportunity.

 

 

All Sports Fans White Sports Fans African-American Sports Fans
63 65 48

The sports world sets a bad example for the rest of the country when it comes to race relations and equal opportunity.

 

 

All Sports Fans White Sports Fans African-American Sports Fans
7 6 10

The sports world simply reflects the rest of the country when it comes to race relations and equal opportunity.

 

 

All Sports Fans White Sports Fans African-American Sports Fans
30 29 42
And do you think that ... 

... Sports do more to unite people across racial lines.

 

 

All Sports Fans White Sports Fans African-American Sports Fans
72 73 66

... Sports do more to divide people across racial lines.

 

 

All Sports Fans White Sports Fans African-American Sports Fans
6 6 6

... Sports do not have much effect either way in this regard.

 

 

All Sports Fans White Sports Fans African-American Sports Fans
22 21 28


How about the sports media and the major media outlets that cover sports?
Do you think that ... 

... The sports media play more of a positive role in the way they deal with issues involving race in sports.

 

 

All Sports Fans White Sports Fans African-American Sports Fans
39 39 39

... The sports media play more of a negative role in the way they deal with issues involving race in sports.

 

 

All Sports Fans White Sports Fans African-American Sports Fans
24 21 32

... The sports media do not play a role either way in this regard.

 

 

All Sports Fans White Sports Fans African-American Sports Fans
37 40 29


African-Americans have ... (Note: This table has been ranked by the percentage of sports
fans who say African-Americans have many or somewhat fewer opportunities)

Becoming owners of professional sports franchises

  Many Fewer Opportunities Somewhat Fewer Opportunities The Same Opportunities Somewhat More Opportunities Many More Opportunities
All Sports Fans 18 29 44 5 4
White Sports Fans 13 29 48 5 5
African-American Sports Fans 37 34 21 6 2

Becoming an athletic director at a major Division I university

  Many Fewer Opportunities Somewhat Fewer Opportunities The Same Opportunities Somewhat More Opportunities Many More Opportunities
All Sports Fans 10 26 52 7 5
White Sports Fans 6 26 57 6 5
African-American Sports Fans 28 34 27 9 2

Becoming a manager in Major League Baseball (MLB)

  Many Fewer Opportunities Somewhat Fewer Opportunities The Same Opportunities Somewhat More Opportunities Many More Opportunities
All Sports Fans 10 25 53 7 5
White Sports Fans 6 22 59 8 5
African-American Sports Fans 25 39 28 6 2

Getting a head coaching position in the National Football League (NFL)

  Many Fewer Opportunities Somewhat Fewer Opportunities The Same Opportunities Somewhat More Opportunities Many More Opportunities
All Sports Fans 8 22 54 9 7
White Sports Fans 5 20 59 9 7
African-American Sports Fans 21 41 26 8 4

Getting a head coaching position with a major Division I sports team in the NCAA

  Many Fewer Opportunities Somewhat Fewer Opportunities The Same Opportunities Somewhat More Opportunities Many More Opportunities
All Sports Fans 6 21 56 11 6
White Sports Fans 3 18 61 12 6
African-American Sports Fans 20 38 30 8

VIEW FULL SURVEY RESULTS HERE


STORY TAGS: BLACK NEWS, AFRICAN AMERICAN NEWS, MINORITY NEWS, CIVIL RIGHTS NEWS, DISCRIMINATION, RACISM, RACIAL EQUALITY, BIAS, EQUALITY, AFRO AMERICAN NEWS

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