2011 Sports Survey results are in

9. Are the Tri-City Valleycats doing enough from a promotional standpoint to keep fans coming to their games?

A. Yes (73 percent)

B. No (15 percent)

C. Not sure (12 percent)

The Valleycats remain the most aggressive pro sports franchise in this region when it comes to advertising their product, and the results are obvious. The stands at Joseph Bruno Stadium are mostly filled almost every home game, though it could be argued that more people (i.e. kids) are interested in all the side activities and mascots available than the game itself.

10. Has classification play been good or bad for Section II football?

A. Good (46 percent)

B. Bad (12 percent)

C. Not sure (42 percent)

There were a lot of undecided voters out there, but the ones who had a clear "good or bad" opinion believe that classification play has been good for our high school football teams. It's hard to see the bad in it, since most games are fairly competitive. That wouldn't be the case if Bishop Gibbons (Class D) had to play a Big 10 schedule that included meetings with Christian Brothers Academy (Class AA) and Troy (Class A).

11. Which high school sports deserve more coverage?

Most of the responses seemed logical. High school swimming got the most votes, followed by high school baseball, wrestling, soccer and lacrosse. The oddest response was someone calling for us to cover Syracuse University lacrosse. There were also votes for CBA and Shaker without specifying a sport.

12. Which high school sports deserve less coverage?

Some people thought that there were no sports that deserved less coverage, which was nice. But the sport that got the most votes was football, followed by basketball and lacrosse. There was also a vote for less coverage of Amsterdam and Burnt Hills. Well, I can definitely cross Amsterdam off my list, since we don't have an edition in that city. Burnt Hills, though? Can't stay away from the Spartans.

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