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According to the Center for the Digital Future at USC Annenberg and ThePostGame, 63% of all sports fans are interested in paying for an all-sports over-the-top channel. Of those interested in streaming sports, 56% would pay more for online streaming than for traditional TV channels. In households with children that number jumps to 70%, or 78% for people who self-report as “intense” sports fans.Sports fans love their games so much they will be willing to pay to support an over-the-top offering, according to a new study.
The study, conducted by the Center for the Digital Future at USC Annenberg and ThePostGame, says when someone creates an all-sports over-the-top subscription channel, 63% of all sports fans are interested in paying for one. The number is even higher—70%—for households with children and 78% for people who describe themselves as intense sports fans.
Those intense sports fans will buy 3.5 sports channels.
The study also found that 90% of all fans are willing to pay something for sports. Those in the 15-year-old to 36-year-old bracket said they were willing to pay the most, while older sports fans, who grew up in a time when games aired on free TV, would pay the least.
“Sports is the last category of must-see-now content. Based on our data, genZ and millennial fans are clearly shifting preferences, behavior and spending,” said Jeffrey Cole, founder and director of the Center for the Digital Future.More people are watching programming via streaming and some are cutting the cord. Sports programming, while expensive, is seen as one of the main reasons people keep their cable subscriptions.
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Sports fans aren’t just men. The stereotypical football widow has become a sports fan, with some 80% of women self-identifying as sports fans. And they are willing to pay up to 50% more for some types of sports content and media platforms.
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