Declining Attendance Trends in Collegiate and Professional Sports
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This work is an attempt to better analyze the recent declines in attendance across many sports, specifically focusing on collegiate and professional football. Data in areas including, but not limited to, attendance, consumer spending, sports wagering, student behavior, and HDTV adoption, was gathered and analyzed to find patterns and trends. Results of the data suggest the economy, ticket prices, HDTV adoption, and fan behavioral changes as being the primary culprits of declining attendance in football. Along with examining the factors behind recent attendance trends, this thesis also gives a historical background on the problem and provides potential solutions for the future. There has been a growing interest in attendance trends over the past few years at both the collegiate and professional level. Declining attendance can have significant financial implications for professional franchises and college athletic departments. This research gives a comprehensive overview of the problem and is meant to be a call to action for new innovation and ideas in the field.