Report: Fan Experience Benchmark: U.S. Professional Sports

We just published a Temkin Group report, Fan Experience Benchmark: U.S. Professional Sports: U.S. Consumers’ TV Preferences And In-Person Experiences For MLB, MLS, NASCAR, NBA, NFL, NHL, PGA, USTA, and WNBA.

Fan Experience Benchmark: NFL, NBA, NHL, WNBA, MLB, PGA, MLS, USTA (Customer Experience, CX)For seven years in a row, Temkin Group has tracked U.S. consumers’ preferences for watching professional sports on TV. This year, we also examined their experience when attending a live sporting event. Here are some highlights from this research:

  • NFL is the most dominate sport on TV, but MLB has the highest percentage of fans who attend its games.
  • Almost all sports lost TV viewers over the last seven years, with NFL dropping the most. Viewership has declined most dramatically for young adult males.
  • NASCAR has the highest level of promoters for its live sporting events, while the NFL has the lowest.
  • We evaluated consumer satisfaction across the nine steps that make up a live sporting event journey. Of these steps, parking received the lowest average satisfaction, and ticketing correlated most strongly with fans’ likelihood of recommending attending an event to their friends and relatives.
  • We include live event scorecards for MLB, MLS, NASCAR, NBA, NFL, NHL, and WNBA
  • Sports teams that want to improve fan experience need to build four competencies: Purposeful Leadership, Compelling Brand Values, Employee Engagement, and Customer Connectedness.

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Purchase and download Fan Experience Benchmark Report (Customer Experience, CX)Fan Experience: Consumers who watch professionals sports on TV, 2012 to 2018

Customer Experience (CX): Fan Satisfaction Across Journey Through Live In-Person Sporting Events

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I am a customer experience transformist, helping large organizations improve business results by changing how they deal with customers. As part of this focus, I examine strategy, culture, interaction design, customer service, branding and leadership practices. I am also a fanatical student of business, so this blog provides an outlet for sharing insights from my ongoing educational journey. Simply put, I am passionate about spotting emerging best practices and helping companies master them. And, as many people know, I love to speak about these topics in almost any forum. My “title” is Managing Partner of the Temkin Group, a customer experience research and consulting firm that helps organizations become more customer-centric. Our goal is simple: accelerate the path to delighting customers. I am also the co-founder and Emeritus Chair of the Customer Experience Professionals Association (, a non-profit organization dedicated to the success of CX professionals.

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