What Do Fans Think About Baseball’s Biggest Questions?

Buffalo Wild Wings provides the inside pitch with the first installment of its “Voice of the Fan” survey series.

MINNEAPOLIS - (BUSINESS WIRE) - Sports fans are known for their passion, loyalty, superstitions – but most of all – opinions. From the broadcast booth and sideline reporters to sports radio and blogs, the “experts” debate issues in every sport. But where do the fans stand on the hard-hitting questions in the sports world? Buffalo Wild Wings enlisted independent research firm ORC International to conduct its first national “Voice of the Fan” survey to take the temperature of those who know the game, love the game and live the game: the fans.

“Spirited debates are as much a part of sports as home runs, touch downs and league records,” said Kathy Benning, Buffalo Wild Wings executive vice president, global marketing and brand development. “We know that our Guests are some of the most passionate sports fans out there and as a national destination for sports fans, we wanted to tap into that passion to hear what the fans have to say. Throughout the year, we’ll continue to give the fans a voice by sharing our survey findings on various sports topics.”

Fielding Baseball’s Biggest Questions

Which league boasts the most fervent fans? The American League appears to have an edge as 16 percent of American League fans consider themselves fanatical fans compared to 6 percent of National League fans.

As interleague play gets underway, what do professional baseball fans think of mixing it up with the opposing league? The fans say: Seventy-one percent think interleague play is good for baseball, but National League fans are more likely than American League fans (74 percent vs. 65 percent) to support it.

With the expansion of interleague play in 2013, there is debate over whether the designated hitter (DH) should be adopted by the National League or removed from interleague games. The fans say: Forty-nine percent favor expansion of the designated hitter to both leagues. Not surprisingly, National League fans are twice as likely (30 percent vs. 15 percent) as American League fans to want to drop the designated hitter altogether. Fifty-six percent of American League fans want the National League to adopt the designated hitter.

When it comes to the All-Star Game, National League fans want to get rid of the designated hitter. In fact, the National League fans are more than twice as likely as American League fans to want to eliminate the DH in All-Star Games (35 percent versus 16 percent).

Since 2003, the winning league of the All-Star Game earns home field advantage during the championship series. What do the fans say? Baseball fans like this rule, and 65 percent are in favor of keeping this rule in place, however support for the rule decreases with age. Seventy percent of those aged 18-34 support the rule, while only 55 percent of those 65 and older like the home field advantage outcome of the All-Star Game.

In the telephone survey conducted by ORC International, more than 1,000 men and women across the United States were asked their opinion on questions related to professional baseball. For additional information and facts from the Buffalo Wild Wings Voice of the Fan survey, please contact Angie Andresen at angie.andresen@fleishman.com.

About Buffalo Wild Wings

Buffalo Wild Wings, Inc., founded in 1982 and headquartered in Minneapolis, is a growing owner, operator and franchisor of Buffalo Wild Wings Grill & Bar® restaurants featuring a variety of boldly flavored, made-to-order menu items including its namesake Buffalo, New York-style chicken wings. The Buffalo Wild Wings’ menu specializes in 18 mouth-watering signature sauces and seasonings with flavor sensations ranging from Sweet BBQ™ to Blazin’®. Guests enjoy a welcoming neighborhood atmosphere that includes an extensive multi-media system for watching their favorite sporting events. Buffalo Wild Wings is the recipient of hundreds of “Best Wings” and “Best Sports Bar” awards from across the country. There are currently more than 837 Buffalo Wild Wings locations across 47 states in the United States, as well as in Canada.

To stay up-to-date on all the latest events and offers for sports fans and wing lovers, like Buffalo Wild Wings on Facebook, follow @BWWings on Twitter and visit www.BuffaloWildWings.com.

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For Buffalo Wild Wings, Inc.

Angie Andresen




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