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Attendances at professional sports events in the UK

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Taken from the BBC sport Website who have compiled it for a football doc. they are to air.

 

Attendances at professional sports events in the UK totalled almost 64m in 2011.

 

Football contributed more than 41m of the figure.

 

The figures -

 

41.2m watched football,

7m - horse racing and equestrian,

4.3m - rugby union,

3m - greyhound racing,

2.3m - cricket,

2.2m - rugby league,

1m - motorsport,

0.9m - tennis,

0.7m - golf,

1.3m - other sports.

 

 

Sixth most watched sport in UK in that year, seems an OK  result to me.

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Would be alot more if we brought back promotion & relegation, and the return of GB matches.

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Wow - that is a surprise. Bearing in mind how much cricket gets played and the big crowds some RU matches draw - we aint doing as bad - although many clubs (mine being the worst offender) are down this year ...

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By "professional" sports events, would that include Championships or is that just Super League?

 

Similar question for cricket. And with cricket, how does that work with the 5 day matches? If someone buys tickets for 2 days, is that counted as 2 people?

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Interesting.  There have been figures to suggest that we have good TV viewing figures on a Friday nights on Sky but I have never seen attendance figures produced before.

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Would be alot more if we brought back promotion & relegation, and the return of GB matches.

..and unlimited tackles..and lace up balls with handles on.... :lol:

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Also, is greyhound racing a professional sport? How much do the dogs get paid?

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Be interesting to see figures for professional Club teams as oppossed to internationals. Can't believe the greyhound figures!!

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Wow - that is a surprise. Bearing in mind how much cricket gets played and the big crowds some RU matches draw - we aint doing as bad - although many clubs (mine being the worst offender) are down this year ...

RU has been consistently better at staging and marketing 'events'.  We don't have enough events in our sport really whereas Union have yearly internationals as well as odd promotional games at Twickers.

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Be interesting to see figures for professional Club teams as oppossed to internationals. Can't believe the greyhound figures!!

Gambling is the pull there, just like horse racing.  Take the gambling out of both and my guess would be that the figures for both would drop through the floor.

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Never realised greyhound racing was that popular. Whenever I've seen it on a TV it looks like there's only three men and a dog there. Or three men and six dogs, anyway.

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Under no circumstances must the BBC or any newspaper editor see these "facts". It is the RFL's duty to keep them out of the public domain.

No wonder Bradford are putting the track back in.

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For greyhounds, it can easily build up.

 

1450 people 4 times per week at one track = 5800

5800 people 52 weeks of the year = 301,600

301,600 at 10 tracks = 3m

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Also, is greyhound racing a professional sport? How much do the dogs get paid?

As much as the horses, although less successful horses supplement the greyhounds income:)

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Also, is greyhound racing a professional sport? How much do the dogs get paid?

 

Iunderstand they have a ##### of a time getting their money.

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Would be alot more if we brought back promotion & relegation, and the return of GB matches.

Why would it, crowds are higher now than when we had automatic P&R (Oh no, I've gone and done it)

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Why would it, crowds are higher now than when we had automatic P&R (Oh no, I've gone and done it)

Crowds outside SL are not higher but they would be with automatic P&R especially if there were 2spots up for grabs to SL. I actually think SL crowds would go up too

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Incidentally in the summary of the report (by Deloitte) they note that rugby league's "recorded increased total attendances in 2011/12, continuing the strong growth of recent years".

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Crowds outside SL are not higher but they would be with automatic P&R especially if there were 2spots up for grabs to SL. I actually think SL crowds would go up too

And I think when you produce some evidence to support this, people will actually listen after all these years!

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In sports where you can have more than one fixture a week, you are maximising the number of attendees per club (as well as coverage in the media). Football completely blankets the papers as it's on nearly every day and they play twice a week most weeks.

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For greyhounds, it can easily build up.

 

1450 people 4 times per week at one track = 5800

5800 people 52 weeks of the year = 301,600

301,600 at 10 tracks = 3m

Theres 25 tracks listed on the GB Greyhound website, so your right they will add up!

 

Be interesting to see what the like for like "average" is in the original table is, needs something to put those figures into context.

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Evidence of sorts can be found in football. The jump from non-league to football league used to be a chasm spanned by unfathomable reelection and occasional corruption. Crowds in the top tier of the non-league were poor and the same was true at the bottom of div 4. Auto (with min standards) pro & rel has increased crowds in both. Compare & contrast with the Highland League, from whence 2 of the current top 6 in the SPL came, no p&r and low crowds

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And I'm very interested in what happens when we strip out internationals for attendance

Then again it shows just how important a strong international season is - not that some of us needed telling...

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