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Study Shows Fans Are Losing Faith In Red Sox, Ownership

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BOSTON (CBS) — A casual listen of sports radio on any given afternoon in Boston will inform you that sports fans aren’t exactly enthralled with the Red Sox these days. Now, there’s some hard data to explain just how much they’ve lost faith.

Channel Media & Market Research released results from a poll of 7,236 people this summer, which asked them several questions about the local sports teams. Of the participants, 69 percent were male and 31 percent were female, while all were from one of the six New England states and followed at least one professional sports team.

Read: The Survey

Below are some of the results.

If you could only follow one team, which would it be?

Patriots: 44%
Red Sox: 29%
Bruins: 13%
Celtics: 11%
Revolution: 3%

Which ownership has done the best job over the past five years?

Robert Kraft/New England Patriots: 42%
Wyc Grousbeck, Steve Pagliuca/Celtics: 23%
Jeremy Jacobs/Bruins: 19%
John Henry, Tom Werner, Larry Lucchino/Red Sox: 12%
Robert Kraft/New England Revolution: 4%

Which ownership do you most admire for what they’ve done over the past five years?

Robert Kraft/New England Patriots: 38%
Jeremy Jacobs/Bruins: 22%
Wyc Grousbeck, Steve Pagliuca/Celtics: 19%
John Henry, Tom Werner, Larry Lucchino/Red Sox: 12%
Robert Kraft/New England Revolution: 9%

The Red Sox in the past five years:

Are changing for the better: 4%
Have stayed the same: 26%
Are changing for the worse: 70%

The Patriots in the past five years:

Are changing for the better: 38 %
Have stayed the same: 58%
Are changing for the worse: 4%

The Bruins in the past five years:

Are changing for the better: 65 %
Have stayed the same: 33%
Are changing for the worse: 2%

The Celtics in the past five years:

Are changing for the better: 31%
Have stayed the same: 54%
Are changing for the worse: 15%

Favorite local TV sports personality?

Jerry Remy: 22%
Don Orsillo: 21%
Steve Burton: 15%
Dan Roche: 10%

Which coach do you most admire?

Bill Belichick: 47%
Doc Rivers: 28%
Claude Julien: 16%
Bobby Valentine: 6%
Jay Heaps: 3%

Some other results:

Wes Welker was the most admired Patriot, just one percentage point higher than Tom Brady.

Felger & Mazz was voted as fans’ favorite local sports radio show, garnering 23 percent of the vote. Toucher & Rich was third at 15 percent, while Gresh & Zolak was fourth at 10 percent.

Thirty-five percent of fans said they follow the Patriots 100 percent of the time, compared to 17 percent for the Red Sox, 13 percent for the Celtics, 12 percent for the Bruins and 5 percent for the Revolution.

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