Any way you look at it, 2020 was a crazy year. And all the difficulties were amplified by the fact that many people's favorite outlets to unwind — things like sports, parties and going to the movies — were shut down by the COVID-19 pandemic.
A recent study from FanDuel Sportsbook showcases that sports fans were hit particularly badly.
A March 2021 poll of 5,880 Americans revealed that "watching sports with friends" was one of the most widely missed activities during the pandemic, with 29% of people polled naming that as the aspect of normal life that they missed the most.
The only response more popular was "dinner parties and social events" (32%), while "live music" (21%) and "going to the movies" (18%) weren't missed nearly as much as watching sports.
Just how badly were Americans missing live sports?
The survey revealed that sports fans would have paid 19% more than usual to be able to go to a stadium and watch their team play, even though 59% of respondents indicated that the pandemic has them reluctant to watch live sports in a stadium.
Of course, the decline in available sports to watch didn't deter fans. Men across America still watched 3.2 times more sports than they played, while women watched 2.5 times more sports than they played.
The college football season appears to have fans really engaged, with southern states like Louisiana (5.5 times), Kansas (5.7 times) and South Carolina (7.4 times) leading the way in terms of watching more sports than they were playing.
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