Tomorrow is Super Bowl Sunday. While my Patriots aren’t playing, I’m still planning to watch the game, as will many, many more people. I tapped onto our research of 10,000 U.S. consumers to look at the popularity of the NFL.
Football is clearly America’s primary sport. Nearly 56% of the US populations likes to watch professional football, dwarfing the next sport on the list, baseball (35%). Over the last year, however, the NFL has lost a bit of its popularity, dropping almost 2 %-points. The only sports to increase their fan bases over the previous year were hockey and soccer, and they were both very small gains.
One of the exciting parts of the Super Bowl Sunday is the television ads. It made me wonder about which companies would get the most value from buying those expensive commercial spots. So I looked at the degree to which different companies’ customer bases are NFL fans. My analysis spanned 318 companies across 20 industries, and the range of NFL fandom went from 48% to 74%.
At the top of the list are Sheraton (74%), Mercedes-Benz (72%), GM (70%), Hertz (69%), Alabama Power Company (69%), Quiznos (69%), Travelers (69%), and Merrill Lynch (69%).
At the bottom of the list are Empire BCBS (48%), DTE Gas Company (50%), Cablevision Optimum (51%), Subaru (51%), Cablevision (52%), Orange Julius (52%), Consolidated Edison of NY (52%), Southern California Gas (52%).