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11/21/12
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Sports Execs: IndyCar gives fans poor in-person experience
Sports execs feel that college football gives fans the best in-person experience, according to a Turnkey Sports Poll conducted in October. Respondents were asked to pick up to three sports, and 41% picked college football. The NHL ranked second with 33% of the respondents, followed by college basketball at 30%. IndyCar, Pro Bull Riding and pro tennis ranked lowest with only 3% (Turnkey Sports).
Which sports give fans the best in-person experience?
SPORT
%
SPORT
%
College football
41%
MLS
8%
NHL
33%
Boxing
5%
College basketball
30%
UFC
5%
MLB
25%
Horse racing
4%
NFL
24%
IndyCar
3%
NASCAR
20%
PBR
3%
NBA
16%
Pro tennis
3%
Pro golf
9%
Not sure/No Response
1%
So why is the IndyCar in-person experience so poor?
  1. Hideous looking car - what is that blob in front of the rear wheels?
  2. Spec cars - they all look the same
  3. Engine Sound - Nothing like an F1 car.  Champ Cars sounded awesome.
  4. Engine Sound
  5. Did we mention engine sound?
  6. Empty oval grandstands - makes a fan feel like they are at a dying event.
  7. Engine Sound - When a screaming F1 car goes by the hair on the back of your neck stands up
  8. Driver name recognition - fans don't know who is who
  9. Rolling starts - how mundane
  10. Engine Sound - Get the point yet? 
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