Couldn’t care less – 38 percent
Full disclosure: I played in three fantasy football leagues last year, and I’m trying to put one together for the fall to go along with the league I’m already in. I also have a fantasy baseball team that’s turned into a nightmare (come back, Troy Tulowitzki and David Ortiz).
How often do you bet on sports?
Frequently – 12 percent
Occasionally – 0 percent
Rarely – 38 percent
Never – 50 percent
Our readers tend to shy away from the type of activity that led to Pete Rose’s banishment from baseball.
Should athletes/coaches be held to a higher social standard than other people?
Yes – 44 percent
No – 56 percent
It was a close vote, but a slight majority of our readers say that coaches and athletes don’t deserve to be placed on a higher pedestal than the rest of us.
What should student-athletes be focused on?
Their sports – 6 percent
Their academics – 38 percent
Sports and academics equally – 56 percent
Our readers believe that student-athletes should live up to their titles and hit the books when they’re not on the field.
Overall, what role should sports play in society?
Pleasant diversion – 31 percent
Honored tradition – 56 percent
Purely business – 0 percent
Source of civic pride – 13 percent
Our readers still have an emotional tie to sports, even as it appears that sports are treated like a business at the highest levels of the collegiate and professional worlds.
I couldn’t let our readers get away from our survey without asking them for a few predictions.
Which area team will play in an NCAA Division I tournament this season?
UAlbany men’s basketball – 7 percent
UAlbany women’s basketball – 0 percent
Siena men’s basketball – 7 percent